Character Artist - Contract with possibility of future hire

Velan Studios
Troy, NY, USA
Job type: Contract

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Job Description

We are Velan Studios, an independent game developer with a passion for the unconventional. We make innovative games in a variety of genres with accessibility and depth to delight our audiences, no matter who they are. We believe in maintaining a creative, collaborative, and diverse team environment at our studio, and we are looking for passionate and capable people to join our team of experienced AAA console developers.

We are looking to hire a mid to senior-level contract character artist to come and help us make awesome content for Knockout City!


  • Create high definition, game-ready 3D models of outfits, hairs, gloves, glasses, faces, vehicles, and props
  • Collaborate with leads, team members, and across disciplines to ensure assets are high-quality, support the artistic direction of our projects, and are fully optimized for target platforms.
  • Help ensure assets created to fit with the world of Knockout City
  • Receive feedback and modify work based on direction.

Skills & Requirements


  • Experience with and examples of creating stylized character art
  • 3+ years of industry experience as a Character Artist, or other relevant experience.
  • Expertise in modeling, sculpting, topology, and texturing and material work for characters.
  • Ability to create high-quality characters based on existing concept art in addition to working with the animation team with the goal of creating high quality, expressive characters.
  • Solid understanding of modern PBR material authoring techniques
  • Advanced understanding of ZBrush, Maya, Adobe Photoshop, Substance Painter, and/or other game production tools.
  • Experience working in Unreal, Unity or other AAA Game Development Engines.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Self-direction, passion, and creativity in your work.
  • A receptiveness to feedback and the ability to act successfully on direct critique.

Big Plusses:

  • Concept and creative ideation (2D or 3D).
  • Experience with character customization pipelines.
  • Prop, vehicle modeling, and/or environment creation.
  • A strong sense of stylization.
  • Rigging, skinning, and animation experience.
  • Leadership and/or mentoring experience.

Additional Information

  • Working remotely is an option

How to Apply

We value a diverse development team at Velan Studios. We will consider both veteran and early-career stage artists for this role.

Portfolio required. Please include a variety of examples of your work, with both high- and low-poly samples.

To apply for this position, send your send resume and cover letter to Be sure to reference the position you’re applying for in the subject line.

About the Company

About Velan Studios:

Velan Studios’ mission is to create ground-breaking game experiences centered on new forms of play across both existing and emerging platforms. Velan Studios is an independent studio comprised of a diverse team of seasoned developers who have worked at various AAA studios like Vicarious Visions, Naughty Dog, Harmonix, Nintendo, Disney/Pixar, Toys For Bob, Avalanche Studios, Retro Studios and more. Velan Studios is based in Troy, NY.