Axis Studios are expanding their Senior team and are looking to hire an experienced LEAD GROOM ARTIST to lead project-based asset teams on a full time or ongoing freelance basis.
This role requires a skilled artist with a broad background creating a range of final looks for characters, props and scenery. You’ll be a personable, pro-active, self starter who can motivate and lead the team around you as well as work with the Head of Department to implement consistent working practice and ensure the standard and quality of the assets are consistently high.
Prior Lead experience is a must, as is thorough knowledge of texturing, shading, grooming, lighting and rendering as well as the ability to troubleshoot technical problems. A good understanding of all stages of the asset production pipeline is also necessary. You may be required to undertake generalist tasks depending on the workload in the studio.
Producing high quality assets suitable for production both technically and artistically
Managing a team of artists, keeping them on track and motivated
Supporting a team of artists with any technical problem solving
Technical and quality control of output on assigned project
Ensuring assets meet specifications provided by all relevant departments
Managing feedback and technical challenges on project alongside the CG Supervisor and Department Heads
Liaising with production on task assignment and scheduling of the team
Interpreting and communicating the directors feedback and vision to the team
Working closely with the Department Head to identify process improvements/tools to increase department productivity
Accomplished examples of Grooming, Shading and Look Development
Thorough knowledge of Mari and/or Bodypaint 3D, Substance Painter or other 3D texturing software is essential
Thorough knowledge of shading and look development
Thorough knowledge of grooming techniques in Houdini
Thorough knowledge of Modelling package of your choice is essential
Knowledge of Zbrush and/or Mudbox is desirable
Knowledge of Python, C++, VEX is desirable
Good communication skill and ability to work interactively with production and other departments to solve production challenges
Strong leadership skills and the ability to confidently lead and schedule a team
Ability to feedback to other departments and direct any technical changes
Proven production experience within a team min. 5 years