Animal Logic


LookDev – Surfacing Artist
- Animated Feature Film

Location: Vancouver, BC

Are you a talented Surfacing Artist interested in working with us on our current or upcoming animated feature films in Vancouver?
Surfacing Artists at Animal Logic are responsible for giving models the visual surface qualities that make them appear believable. This can encompass texture painting, procedural texturing, building shading networks, grooming and occasional sculpting or UV layout, on animated feature films.                                                                                            As a surfacing artist you might work on characters, props or environments, depending on your area of interest and project requirements.

What you’ll get to do:

  • Create high quality stylized (or occasionally photo-realistic) textures, either hand painted or procedural, to a level of detail necessary for production assets
  • Create high quality stylized but physically plausible shading.
  • Character focused artists create manual or procedural grooms, depending on the project. Environment focused artists are more likely to be involved with procedural material setups
  • Take direction from the Surfacing Lead, and present solutions or questions to pro-actively improve asset quality
  • Share knowledge and communicate openly with other artists on your team
  • Pro-actively escalate technical issues to more senior artists or your Lead
  • Participate in reviews as required
  • Assist with resource management and project clean up on an ongoing basis

What you bring:

  • 3+ years’ experience on feature films (vfx), animated features, or high-end episodics
  • Past experience, demonstrated via reel, of feature animation quality texturing, shading and surfacing (preferably on high-end animated features or photo-realistic vfx projects)
  • Experience with node-based procedural shading
  • Experience with grooming, hair/fur or instancing tools (for artists with a character focus)
  • Production experience in Houdini (or Maya), and with a modern raytracing package
  • Production experience in Mari
  • Excellent attention to detail, and a passion for making beautiful looking cg assets by combining strong visual and technical skills
  • Excellence in problem solving, and balancing quick turnaround with long term quality
  • Strong communication skills, and the ability to efficiently organise and prioritise work across multiple areas
  • Ability to work solo as well as collaboratively within a team environment
  • Ability to take direction and feedback and apply this to assets or shots; be willing to show WIP and take feedback

The following would be considered a bonus:

  • Houdini production experience is a clear bonus
  • An interest in technical surfacing and proceduralism, and/or technical troubleshooting
  • Experience with Substance Designer
  • An understanding of lighting and colour theory in feature film production
  • Sculpting experience (preferably with Mudbox)
  • Experience scripting in Python. if you’re a more technically inclined artist
  • Advanced degree or significant training in at least one of the following disciplines: computer graphics, computer science, digital media, filmmaking, photography, graphic design / illustration, foundation arts (drawing, painting, sculpture)

What we offer you:

  • The opportunity to join a growing, award-winning studio based in downtown Vancouver!
  • An inclusive workplace of employees who are passionate about creativity and technology
  • A chance to contribute to the success of ground-breaking animated feature films
  • Exposure to a USD pipeline
  • A dedicated Learning and Development and Artist Management team focused on your personal career growth
  • Paid ‘Volunteer’ days to support those causes close to your heart!
  • A world-renowned working environment packed with social clubs, activities and events
  • A variety of employee benefits including free gym access, breakfast, use of barista coffee machines, weekly lunches/pastries and snacks galore!

If this sounds like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, then we want to hear from you!

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