Lead Character Artist

Splash Damage
Bromley, London, United Kingdom
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

The Role

We’re kicking off an exciting new project here at Splash Damage and so we’re looking for a Lead Character Artist to join the leadership team to define the look and feel of our heroes and villains.

As Lead Character Artist, you will work closely with the Art Director and Creative Director and be responsible for creating, establishing and maintaining high-quality characters for our project.

Our ideal candidate should exhibit strong mentoring capabilities and lead by example: displaying a mastery of Anatomy, Sculpting and Texturing with strong overall artistic abilities.

Responsibilities

  • Lead, motivate and inspire a team of creative artists to help them to maintain quality, efficiency and consistency through feedback and mentoring.
  • Drive the visual quality in conjunction with other Lead Artists
  • Collaborate with Art and Design Directors to create technically sound, engaging and memorable characters

Skills & Requirements

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Management of an experienced Character Art Team: including holding regular 121s, setting objectives, looking after the team’s welfare and providing mentoring
  • Highly experienced and proficient with 3D Studio MAX or Maya, Zbrush and Photoshop
  • Superb 3D modelling and texturing skills with both organics & hard-surface
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of human anatomy, proportions, mechanics, characterisation & archetypes
  • Strong knowledge of mechanical construction and functionality (gear, weapons & robotics)
  • Experience of character pipelines and efficient memory management of UVs, textures and vertices
  • Highly experienced working with multiple texturing workflows for current (PBR) and previous generations, capable of creating well defined and readable realistic materials.
  • Substantial examples of current and past work demonstrating a strong understanding of form, silhouette, shape, texture, colour and lighting
  • Understanding of character modelling, rigging and skinning in preparation for animation
  • A proactive drive for efficiency in work methods & the maintenance of high standards
  • A great team player, able to communicate, learn from and to teach
  • Excellent communication and collaborative problem-solving skills

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Extensive experience in developing character models and textures in a variety of styles
  • Minimum 3 shipped titles where credited as a character artist
  • Knowledge of real-time shaders
  • Strong traditional art foundations including but not limited to sculpture, conceptual design and illustration including lighting or colour keys
  • Keen interest in games and game design beyond art
  • Experience working within Unreal Engine 4
  • Knowledge of Substance Painter and Marvelous Designer a plus

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

Please apply on our careers page: https://www.splashdamage.com/careers/job/oqQAcfwM

About the Company

About Splash Damage

Located in the London borough of Bromley, Splash Damage is all about crafting the world's most engaging multiplayer experiences. Our recent projects include our multiplayer shooter Dirty Bomb as well as Gears of War 4. We're growing our studio for exciting new projects on PC and console, and are looking for talented and passionate developer to help create them.

We look after our staff with a comprehensive package of perks and benefits, and have been awarded The Sunday Times’s Best Companies accreditation three years running.

We believe our teams create better experiences when they have a range of perspectives and opinions to draw from, and we are committed to increasing diversity across our studio to consistently enable that.

Perks and Benefits

Alongside our brand-new headquarters, stocked up drinks fridge and a never-ending supply of coffee, all of our roles come complete with the following perks and benefits:

  • Private medical insurance that will covers you, your partner, and children
  • Private dental insurance that significantly reduces cost of dentistry for you, your partner, and children
  • Pension scheme where the company matches your contribution
  • Complimentary gym membership
  • Free eye tests + discounted glasses
  • Quarterly revenue share after 1 year of service
  • Brand new state of the art office
  • Life drawing classes, and massage allowance
  • Free fruit juices and soft drinks + Beer and pastries on a Friday.
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Employee assistance program
  • Referral fee

Find out more on our Perks & Benefits page.

Studio Culture

Splash Damage offers a fun, friendly and relaxed working environment. Everyone here shares a passion for video games / shooting people in the face and that shows in daily office life. We also regularly get together for social events like pub quizzes, cinema nights, football, and company parties.

Find out more on our Culture page.