Senior Character Artist - High Moon Studios

Jul 07, 2022
Carlsbad, United States
... Not specified
... Senior
Full time
... Office work

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Senior Character Artist - High Moon Studios

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Great Games Start with Great People! This is a significant time in our company’s history – and one of the most exciting times to join us! We are building a culture of collaboration and seeking an imaginative, skillful, and versatile Senior Character Artist to join our team in Carlsbad, California. If you have a strong command of anatomy, drapery and mechanical form and, can model and texture industry leading characters, then we are looking for you.

The Character Art team creates high quality and detailed character designs. These assets are based on game requirements, technical capabilities of the gaming platform and product scope. We're looking for someone with a deep understanding of anatomy, drapery and proportions as it translates to 3D modeling, skeletal rigging, and mesh deformation in this role. We're also looking for someone who takes the initiative to learn and adapt to new team practices based on evolving technologies, and who can work and thrive in a multidisciplinary atmosphere, collaborating closely with our Art Director and Lead Character Artist while under time constraints.

What you’ll do…

  • Collaborate with our Art Director and Concept Artists to develop the look and feel of assets.
  • Create amazing characters that are efficient, built to scale, and satisfy budgetary requirements.
  • Maintain and share extensive knowledge pertaining to military gear, uniforms and equipment.
  • Receive feedback and modify work based on direction, as well as providing your own feedback to improve upon our tools.
  • Understand mesh topology and edge loops as it translates to efficient modeling practices for in-game characters and is experienced building detailed characters.
  • Create efficient UV layout for texture maps, both hard surface and organic models.
  • Promote a positive work environment through high personal and performance standards.
  • Properly estimate time to complete work, manage competing priorities and builds in buffers.
  • Verify art asset performance and appearance in the game engine.

To succeed you must have…

  • 3+ years of experience directly related to gaming, having been in a similar role on at least 1 published game title.
  • High level of proficiency using 3DS Max or Maya to create detailed characters to scale and accuracy.
  • Strong foundation and understanding of anatomy, drapery and mechanical forms.
  • Strong ability to create detailed Zbrush models and work with high fidelity scan data.
  • Solid understanding of UV coordinate space, texturing, and memory budgets.
  • Experience using Adobe Photoshop and Substance Painter to create hyper realistic textures for next gen materials.
  • Experience in 3D character concepts and development process.
  • Be proactive and work well in a large team environment, with excellent interpersonal skills.

High Moon Studios

Founded in 2002, High Moon Studios is an award-winning studio developing for the Call of Duty® franchise, with past development on over 15 titles including Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, Bungie’s Destiny 2: Forsaken, and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. We employ more than 170 people in Carlsbad, CA, a seaside city in San Diego County.

Our pride is our people and the experiences we have successfully created for our fans. High Moon's talent is comprised of gifted entertainment and technology professionals responsible for some of the most successful games ever made. We have award-winning developers, published artists and specialists recognized as among the best in their fields. Our studio has a history of using innovative techniques designed to boost productivity and product quality, which in turn enhances our studio's quality of life.

High Moon Studios is wholly owned by Activision. To learn more about our studio, please visit us at

Our World

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™ and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

High Moon Studios is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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