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Art Direction Summit: Collaborative Art Direction

Jason Hickey  (Art Director, Insomniac Games)

Gavin Goulden  (Art Director, Insomniac Games)

Date: Tuesday, July 20

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Visual Arts

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: I acknowledge GDC 2021 is an all-digital event and commit to participating virtually.

Art Directors Gavin Goulden and Jason Hickey of Insomniac Games will talk about their collaborative process working on MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES. The session will include insights into the early development of MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES and how it quickly became clear that they needed to divide the work and what they did to tackle this. Gavin will talk about the Character Art, Cinematic and VFX Art Direction and pipelines and Jason will share his experience Art Directing the colour script, the environment art concept pipeline and cultural representation. Both Art Directors will discuss the challenges and successes along the way as they grew into their roles and finish with the initiatives into defining next gen for MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES on PS5 and how collaboration is not just a pillar for the art directors but it’s throughout Insomniac with examples of how great ideas come from anywhere at the studio.


Attendees will walk away with a clearer understanding of MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES was Art Directed and how collaboration works at Insomniac Games. They will learn about the importance and challenges of Cultural Representation and working with new platform defining technology as well as the pitfalls to watch out for when trying to art direct in tandem. As well as this there are insights into art directing at a AAA studio with special attention given to how we work with concept artists.

Intended Audience

Artists, art directors, leads looking to move into art direction, producers, creative directors and designers and anyone interested in collaboration and cultural representation.