Sr. Character Artist

Location: Redwood City, California, United States

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Requisition Number: 158124

Position Title: Sr Character Artist

External Description:

Lead Character Artist

At EA, we’re searching for the most talented and creative game developers in the world to help us become the #1 mobile gaming company. Our teams are building on the success of titles such as Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, FIFA Mobile, Madden Mobile, Real Racing, Plants vs. Zombies, the Sims, and The Simpsons: Tapped Out.

Role Overview

As a Lead Character Artist, you will be at the forefront of creating an amazing array of beautifully realized popular characters.  From scuplting high-resolution meshes to creating game ready assets to managing the department’s day-to-day activities, you are a master at running a tight ship, yet remain open to collaboration and input.  You will partner with the art director, tech team, and design department to craft a fully integrated pipeline that respects stakeholder needs, all while contributing your own experience to the mix.  Expectations are high, and your skills will help realize our unique vision.

Our game has a fresh and unique stylized art style, and you need to be able to both execute and expand upon it.  Your job is to ensure extremely clear visual directions are crafted from a variety of inputs, and to create a very high visual quality bar.  Your ability to guide external partners will define success for this department.

You also need a strong eye for detail, not only in art but in communication and planning.  As a lead artist, the project relies on your ability to adequately anticipate needs and solve challenges as they arise, documenting processes and ensuring that pipelines are adhered to.  This is your chance to be responsible for and own a critical part of the game creation process.

 Responsibilities 

  • Mobile first artist with demonstrable ability achieving high quality characters, on device
  • Willingness to split time between asset creation and department management
  • Work with engineering and animation to determine efficient pipelines and workstreams
  • Define a high, viable character style that meets art direction goals
  • Organize, schedule, and manage the character department's deliverables
  • Assist in character concept and design in an iterative manner
  • Work with OS partners in a collaborative manner, delivering actionable feedback and direction
  • Partner with engineers and tech artists to develop an effective character art pipeline
  • Communicate the visual design and development of the characters through art specifications, style guides and reference material
  • Partner with the Technical Artist to develop shaders and lighting solutions

Required Skills/Personal Requirements

  • Previous character lead experience within a game production environment
  • Excellent understanding of anatomy, weight and silhouette
  • Strong Maya or similar 3D modeling software
  • Expert sculpting skills using Zbrush
  • Expert knowledge of PBR texture/material workflows
  • Understanding of rigging and skinning
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Passion for collaboration with other artists, designers, and programmers
  • Critical eye for detail

 

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Electronic Arts Inc. is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. EA delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets.

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Date Opened: 2019-10-15 16:55:18.23

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