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Senior Artist - Lead Character Artist Animation Alien
Job Description - You will design, as well as create - from concept, 3D character models using Maya. Work with Design, Animation and World/Level Art disciplines to ensure the consistency and quality of all characters. Work with the Producer and Game Director, as well as all other disciplines, in defining Character directions.

The Lead role as a Character Artist will involve, but is not limited to:

  • Managing the responsibility of developing the most complex Character Models in the game.
  • Experience in scheduling and managing a team of Character Artists. This includes designating all education of in house staff on new technical issues and tools of character production.
  • Have a strong understanding of games and game character design. Knowledge of console or PC game platform limitations should be excellent.
  • Experience to anticipate how characters will blend into game engines artistically and visually.
  • Combining ideas and methodology of character creation to produce an efficient and streamlined pipeline that other Character Artists can follow.

Qualifications for a Senior Artist, Lead Character Artist:

  • Must have an extensive fine art background and a strong understanding of the basic elements, principles and practices of form, color and design in two and three dimensions.
  • Work in a wide range of artistic styles, and can maintain the appropriate style over the course of the project.
  • Demonstrate a superior understanding of creating AAA-quality 2D and 3D art.
  • Advanced Maya and Photoshop skills are required.
  • Use of Z-Brush desirable.
  • Possess excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Have the skills to design/create from verbal descriptions, while meeting the demands of the console.
  • Possess expert modeling/texturing ability in both low and high poly (500 to 5000) modeling.
  • Character physique and rigging for animation is very desirable.
  • Expert level texture painting and UV application skills required.