Character Art Director – London, UK

Job Description

Character Art Director

CCP London – London, UK

As the new Character Art Director for CCP London, you will help to build a pioneering mobile MMO with an engaging and enduring online world. This role offers the unique opportunity of developing a highly anticipated title for one of the most passionate gaming communities.

Experience working as a Character Art Director is a must. You will utilise your passion, creativity, and technical acumen to build the visual style for all of CCP London's characters.

Your day-to-day tasks will include:

  • Lead, motivate, and inspire a highly creative team of artists. Watch over their work and manage the quality of their output
  • Oversee all external character vendors, create packs and documentation, set expectations, and manage deliverables
  • Manage the procurement and creation of all concept art for characters in line with your vision, and in collaboration with the overall vision of the Creative Director
  • Ensure the output of concept art is suitable for internal work and external vendors
  • Create and oversee all character pipeline workflows including efficient memory management of UVs, textures, and vertices
  • Work with animation, engineering, and design to ensure that finished characters meet the technical and design requirements for the game
  • With the Development Manager and Producer, assist in creating a roadmap for development of all character art assets, both internal and external
  • With the Development Manager, create a budget for your team including projected headcount and vendor expenses, as well as hardware and software needs

The skills and XP you'll need to succeed in this role:

  • 3+ shipped titles credited as Character Artist
  • Substantial management experience
  • Proven artistic skills, including an understanding of anatomy, sculpting, and texturing
  • Advanced fine arts degree would be a plus
  • Proficient with Max/Maya, Zbrush, and Photoshop
  • Knowledge of Substance Painter, Substance Designer, and Marvelous Designer would be a bonus
  • Excellent 3D modelling skills on both hard and soft surfaces, with a proven ability to mentor other 3D character artists
  • Experience developing unique silhouettes for diverse characters
  • Proven experience with current generation PBR texturing workflows
  • Competent building characters for rigging and skinning, in preparation for animation
  • Capable with real-time shaders
  • Experience with Unreal Engine 4 (UE4)
  • A history of working with Sci-Fi character assets is preferred

The studio is offering the following in return for your skills:

  • An inspiring challenge of working on pioneering projects with great coworkers
  • An opportunity to learn and grow within an international company
  • A multicultural work environment that encourages growth, creativity, and innovation
  • Free lunches, drinks and snacks
  • Flexible work hours 
  • Life insurance 
  • Private medical and dental insurance 
  • Annual transportation and fitness grant
  • Annual sports grant 

Interested in learning more about this role? Get in touch!

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