Senior Groom Artist

CG Artist Vancouver, BC


Position at Industrial Light & Magic

Position Summary

ILM’s Groom Artist Team sits alongside our Digital Model Shop and Creature Teams. Creating hair, fur and/or feather grooms for characters and creatures as part of the Creature / Character pipeline for high-end VFX projects.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Creation of fur/feather/hair/environment grooms for characters, creatures and environments using a mix of off the shelf and ILM proprietary tools
  • Collaborate with Creature TD’s to determine requirements and solutions for dynamics and layouts
  • Paint colour and specular maps for hair, fur and feathers
  • Work closely with additional departments in the Creature workflow including Modeling, Animation and Lighting
  • Maintains or exceeds consistent level of productivity while meeting deadlines and producing high quality work

Education / Experience

  • Proven experience within a high-end VFX facility 
  • Demo reel and portfolio illustrating knowledge and experience in painting, illustration or design
  • Familiarity with film production; computer graphics

Required Skills / Technical Competencies

  • Attention to detail
  • Proven Groom skills within a high-end VFX production environment
  • Ability to learn quickly and assimilate new information
  • Good interpersonal skills

Preferred Skills / Technical Competencies

  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to liaise with various parts of the Computer Graphics pipeline, manage person schedules
  • Proficient in Maya, Mari (preferred), Zbrush, Photoshop, or Bodypaint
  • Ability to navigate complex Computer Graphics pipelines