Senior Character Artist

Location: Redwood City, California, United States

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Requisition Number: 159825

Position Title: Senior Character Artist

External Description:

Senior Character Artist | Maxis | Redwood Shores

Job Summary

Maxis is looking for a Senior Character Artist to help establish the look of our characters for a new, unannounced project. If you are a visionary character artist who is adept at stylization, artistic interpretation and a deep experience in character pipelines, bringing the latest trends in technology to bear against your craft, and mentoring others to develop excellent experiences for new and existing IP … come join our team. 

The Role

The Senior Character Artist works closely with the Art Director and Technical Leads to define visual standards and technical specifications of characters for the project.  In addition to creating high quality character models and materials, the Senior Character Artist guides junior members of the team and external partners to deliver work that meets the project standards.  The ideal candidate proactively seeks opportunities to elevate the game, embraces constructive feedback, and thrives in a highly collaborative environment.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with the Art Director and technical partners to define and refine the look and feel of characters for the project.
  • Work with Technical Art, Engineering and other artists to develop the character creation and integration pipeline.
  • Create high quality character models and materials/shaders including in-game and high-resolution assets.
  • Update style and technical documents for the character art team.
  • Collaborate with Technical Artists to create and improve tools and workflows.
  • Actively participate in milestone planning and reviews.
  • Work within deadlines and display strong time management skills.
  • Provide mentorship for junior team members.
  • Review work from external partners and provide feedback.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of production experience as a character artist.
  • Have served as a Senior or Lead Character Artist on a published title and have shipping experience on multiple game titles.
  • Mastery in industry standard software like Maya, ZBrush, Substance Painter/Designer and Photoshop.
  • Strong understanding of scale, proportion, surface properties, and human anatomy.
  • Demonstrated ability in character stylization
  • Knowledge of character setup and rigging.
  • Experience working with Unreal Engine and implementing 3D work into the pipeline.
  • Ability to create shaders/materials using painting and node-based techniques (e.g. Substance Painter and Designer)
  • Knowledge of high-poly to low-poly surface baking
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience working with remote teams (outsourcing)
  • Passion for making and playing games

Materials required for Application

  • Portfolio and/or Reel (via website, blog, or online gallery)
  • Resume/CV

 

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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: 2020-02-26 21:53:34.727

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