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Senior Technical Character Artist

Remote | Bend, Oregon
Permanent | Job ID #70466 | $100,000 - $130,000 annual salary plus bonus eligible | Posted 2 months ago

Onward Play is seeking a Technical Character Artist who will help drive and contribute to the technical development of a AAA game, with a specialized focus on creating art tools, techniques, and processes for character creation for game development.


  • Work quickly and effectively to support content creators. Help develop workflows to improve the team’s efficiency and quality of work
  • Streamline artist workflows by developing artist friendly tools and scripts in 3rd party applications (e.g., Painter, Maya, Zbrush)
  • Work with character lead and tech art teams to develop and design modular character creation processes and help maintain the pipeline
  • Interface with shading team to co-develop art to shading pipelines
  • Work with leads to establish tools and workflows for outsourcing vendors
  • Help improve Hair/Fur design systems and workflows
  • Help the photogrammetry team to improve the automation pipeline for character art production
  • Continues research and development into best practices and industry innovation
  • Professional or personal experience working with real time game engines
  • Strong artistic skills and working knowledge of 3D art production
  • Solid understanding of Python tool and pipeline development
  • Demonstrate understanding of Physically Based texturing and normal map use
  • Communicates and collaborates effectively with the development team
  • Able to manage multiple competing priorities and deadlines
  • Strong problem solving and trouble-shooting skills
  • Must be flexible and comfortable with prototyping and quick iteration
  • Experience with Allegorithmic Substance Designer/Painter
  • Proficient with Zbrush
  • Expert knowledge of Maya
  • Excellent communication, time-management, and organizational skills. Able to manage multiple competing priorities and deadlines
Bonus Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of physics, cloth simulation, shaders and other character and animated prop skills
  • Familiarity with Shader authoring (HLSL, CGFX, etc.)

Employer Details:

  • Onward Search is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in an employment with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be considered for employment. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • Onward Search offers medical, dental, vision benefits, as well as a 401k program, for all eligible full time temporary assignments.
  • Onward Search is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • Onward Search is a drug-free workplace.

Pay: $100,000 - $130,000 annual salary plus bonus eligible



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