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Lead Character Artist job

Posted: April 25, 2006
subject: Lead Character Artist , Spark Unlimited, Inc.

Spark Unlimited, Inc. is looking for Lead Character Artist
duration - Full Time

Job details: Lead Character Artist Work on an original I.P., AAA Next Generation title in a collaborative environment with other team members from various departments to exploit next-generation console capabilities to fulfill the teams creative visions.

Lead and manage a team of artists responsible for all characters in the game.
Must be able to create, maintain, and track schedule for character team.
Collaborate with Art Director and Concept artist to arrive at in-game character designs.
Collaborate on research and development to achieve an efficient, next generation character pipeline.
Maintain style, complexity, and quality bar of characters consistent with art direction of the game.
Keep characters within the memory budget parameters across all platforms.

Shipped at least two games as a full-time character artist.
A minimum of 6 years industry experience.
Must demonstrate superior understanding of creating AAA quality 2D and 3D art.
Strong traditional art skills with strong understanding of form, color, and design.
Strong technical art skills, expert in high and low poly modeling, and texturing.
Thorough understanding or rigging and weighting for real time characters.
Must have a thorough understanding of next generation character pipeline.
Strong problem solving skills.
Excellent managerial/organizational skills, and must communicate clearly and professionally with other departments.
Ability to work with 2D Designers in translating their designs into CG.
Must have a strong understanding of authoring characters for the memory budgets of consoles.
Expert knowledge of Maya.
Strong knowledge of Z-brush, Body Paint or equivalent software, and Photoshop.
Passion for video games and broad knowledge of titles and techniques are a plus!

1. Email only. No visits or phone calls, please.
2. The Subject line of your email must reference the job title and your name, like this:
Character: Last Name, First Name
3. Send emails to: CharacterArtJobs@sparkunlimited.com
4. Include your resume as an email attachment, preferably in Word format.
5. Make sure your resume also includes your name, address, phone, and email.
6. Also provide a link to your online demo reel in your email. Demo reels with a resume can be sent to: Spark Unlimited, Inc., attn: Character Jobs, 15000 Ventura Blvd. Suite 202, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
7. If you would like to be considered for a position that is not listed, send your email to Jobs@sparkunlimited.com. Be sure to list in the subject line the department for which you are applying along with your name, for example: Art: Last Name, First Name.

Please note, all submitted materials will not be returned.

Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States

Contact info:
15000 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 202
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Phone: 818-788-1005
Fax: 818-788-8240
E-mail: characterartjobs@sparkunlimited.com
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