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!

Responsibilities

  • 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

Qualifications

  • 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 jobs@velanstudios.com. 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.