Where I'm @

Art Director at Guerilla Games

Misja Baas
Thu 14 Sep
Function Guerilla Games, Art Director
Year 1998
Major Illustration



Misja Baas

Illustration, graduated in 1998

What is your occupation now?

I am one of the art directors at Guerrilla Games.

Control Conference 2013: Misja Baas and Principal Game Designer and Environment Art Director Arjan Bak will focus on the art and game design of Killzone: Shadow Fall.

What expertise did you gain at WdKA?

I learned to think conceptually and communicate my ideas.

What is the future of your profession in your opinion?

That's always a difficult question. Art direction is largely about communicating a vision and ideas within a group and fixing and/or safeguarding these as they are going through the design and production process.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Robot, sketch

Though the games industry moves quickly and the artisan roles in our pipelines are changing (outsourcing, new tools etc.), the role of an art director stays pretty much the same within that group structure.

Of course because technology moves so fast and productions can get really big you can expect to see more and more specialized art director roles in the larger teams. In the end it all depends on where you work really.

You never leave your house without…? Besides your laptop or smartphone :).

I try not to leave my house thank you very much.


Any words of advice to future students?

I came to see WdKA as a provider of tools, you learn important things and it provides facilities you don't have access to otherwise. Use those tools to do your own thing on the side, when and where you can. And enjoy, it's going to be a great time!

Name your favourite recent project.

Horizon Zero Dawn (of course).

Horizon Zero Dawn won the award for Best Original Game at the Game Critics Awards in 2015 and 2016 and the Gouden Kalf Award in 2017.