Lead Character Artist

Art London, United Kingdom


Description

About Splash Damage 

Splash Damage is dedicated to crafting team-based games that ignite friendships as much as they do healthy competition and teamwork. We’ve forged enduring experiences within some of gaming’s most beloved franchises over the years and are now entering a bold new era fuelled by ambitious projects utilising both established and original IP, a move into self-publishing and expansion into new locations.  

We're advocates for a healthy work-life balance and believe that our teams create the best work when they have a range of perspectives and experiences to draw from. We're committed to increasing diversity across our studio, fostering an inclusive environment to ensure everyone's voices are heard. 

Our efforts have been recognised with several best employer awards over the years. Most recently, we were awarded the coveted 3-star ‘world-class employer’ accreditation by Best Companies and named the 58th best large company to work for in the UK, and the 29th best large company in London. 

Due to the on-going COVID-19 situation, we're all currently working from home. We continue to hire across our projects and will set you up remotely for the time being.  

We offer a comprehensive benefits package for you and your family, including: 

  • Private Medical and Dental Cover for you and your family, along with the 24/7 Babylon digital GP service 
  • Get mental health support from our trained Mental Health First Aiders or via our third-party counselling service 
  • 24/7 employee assistance helpline offering advice and support on a range of topics, including health, relationships, finances, and the law 
  • 25 days of annual leave, plus 8 public holidays and our annual closure between Christmas and New Year’s 
  • Industry-leading fully-paid 30 weeks maternity leave & 10 weeks paternity leave 
  • Enhanced company pension contributions 
  • Our famous social events are open to you and your family to help you build friendships and have some fun along the way 
  • Group life assurance scheme 

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

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

As this is a key leadership position, please include a cover letter with your application. 

Splash Damage is an equal opportunity employer. We believe our teams create better work when they have a range of perspectives to draw from, and we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment that celebrates diversity.