Lead Character Artist

Job Type:
Permanent
Areas of Expertise:
Art and Animation
Region:
USA
Area:
Texas
City:
Austin
Posted:
25-Aug-16
Company:
Certain Affinity Inc.
Job Ref:

Would you like to work on some of the greatest franchises in gaming history? How about more than one? Certain Affinity is a stable Austin studio comprised of a tightly-knit group of experienced industry veterans committed to a solid work/life balance. We’re best known for co-developing multiple AAA FPS games, but also work on a few projects of our own, and have very interesting new projects in the works.

The Lead Character Artist reports to the Art Director and will provide direction and team leadership for the Character Art department. In this role you will build and maintain qualitative goals and artistic consistency for character art, setting high visual standards and defining project style and tone. You will be asked to exercise a wide range of artistic skills from modeling realistic anatomy and likeness through organic modeling to hard surface development of weapon, gear and prop models. You’ll collaborate with character and concept artists in designing and iterating on all aspects of characters and associated clothing, gear and props.

Responsibilities

Work closely with Art Director to develop style and provide consistent quality across all characters, creatures and related models
Develop, support and challenge the individuals on the character art team to foster growth, satisfaction and contribution
Contribute a wide range of skills as a hands-on character artist, with the ability to lead by example while helping to grow a team’s individual skills
Provide clear and consistent feedback, direction and critique to character artists for aesthetic and technical considerations
Build and define the process and workflow for character creation
Collaborate with the technical team to optimize the art environment and maintain optimal performance across all art assets
Build and maintain partner and client relationships, trust and communication
Work with development leads and directors to develop a strategy which provides strong character art resources to cover the studio’s diverse project needs
Collaborate with art and project leadership to coordinate character art resources, schedules and priorities across multiple projects
Carry out key department responsibilities that include interviewing, hiring, and training employees, reviewing work for quality, and appraising performance and resolving issues
Serve as the external face of Certain Affinity’s character art team in professional and recruiting events

Requirements

10+ game industry production experience, 3+ specifically in a lead character artist role
Multiple shipped AAA titles, with at least one in a Lead Character Artist role
Expert-level proficiency with Z-Brush, Autodesk Maya, 3ds Max, and/or other 3D software packages.
Proficiency with Allegorithmic Substance, Quixel Suite, Adobe Photoshop, and/or other material and texture creation tools
Superb communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven history of leading and growing a team of highly skilled and technical artists
Able to present (internally and externally) clear vision of how work addresses prob-lems and requirements
Strong foundational knowledge in traditional arts, including, but not limited to, anatomy, figure drawing and illustration
Excellent understanding of art pipelines and workflows
Able to create current-gen as well as next-gen texture sets and materials
Broad experience working in a wide range of proprietary and third party 3D game engines (Unreal, Unity, etc.)
Excellent collaboration and communication skills and the ability to problem solve is-sues that involve multiple disciplines
Ability to understand and communicate visual direction through words and images
Understanding of how character design and construction facilitates and impacts animation

Extra Credit

Bachelor’s degree in Art or related field
Solid understanding or core principles of motion and how they impact character per-sonality, action, and emotion
Ability to provide constructive input and feedback in terms of character authorizing

Contact Details:
Certain Affinity Inc.
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Contact: Recruitment Team
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