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Background Artist Job Description

We have crafted a series of job description examples for a variety of digital roles.

Very often, in-house recruiters and HR departments ask us to help them write their job descriptions, and since this aspect of our recruitment service is very useful to them, we’ve realised that this could be useful to others too, so we have provided a list of job descriptions here.

With more than 20 years of experience in digital and technology recruitment and having placed thousands of candidates in Ireland and across Europe, we understand the value of a compelling job description, so we hope that these examples will help you in your search for a digital or technology professional; please feel free to use and edit to as per your specific needs and preferences.

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An Example of a Background Artist Job Description


  • Company overview: Founding vision, current state of affairs, size, relevant stats.
  • Role mission: Goals, team and resources to make it happen.


  • Collaborate with directors, art directors, and production designers to understand the visual style and requirements of each project.
  • Create background artwork that establishes the mood, atmosphere, and setting of digital environments.
  • Develop detailed and believable backgrounds that enhance storytelling and character interaction.
  • Work with color palettes, lighting, and perspective to evoke the desired emotions and enhance visual appeal.
  • Use digital painting software such as Adobe Photoshop or Procreate to create background assets.
  • Ensure consistency and continuity in backgrounds throughout a project.
  • Incorporate feedback from the creative team to refine and improve background artwork.


  • Strong artistic skills with a solid understanding of composition, color theory, and perspective.
  • Proficiency in digital painting software such as Adobe Photoshop or Procreate.
  • Ability to adapt to various artistic styles and visual requirements.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced production environment.
  • Portfolio showcasing background artwork in a variety of styles and settings.


  • Experience with 3D software such as Autodesk Maya or Blender for creating background assets.
  • Knowledge of storytelling principles and cinematography.
  • Background in traditional art techniques such as drawing or painting.
  • Familiarity with animation or gaming pipelines and workflows.


  • Competitive salary based on experience.
  • Flexible working arrangements (Hybride, Remote, Office)
  • Opportunity for professional development and growth.
  • Be part of a creative and collaborative team working on exciting projects.


We are accepting applications until the end of *MONTH*. We’ll be delighted to meet you for a first interview with *NAME*, our hiring manager. 

If you are looking for roles that are more web specific, you can check the Job Descriptions.

If you would like to check 2024 salaries for Artist Designers or 2D Artist Designers, check our Animation Salaries. Or you can download our acclaimed Prosperity Digital Salary Survey to be on top of current salaries for the digital sector.

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