Senior Character Modeling Artist II (SFD / Cinematics)

Apr 25, 2024
Vancouver, Canada
... Not specified
... Senior
Full time
... Office work

Team Name:


Job Title:

Senior Character Modeling Artist II (SFD / Cinematics)

Requisition ID:


Job Description:

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a well-rounded Senior Character Modeling Artist II to work within our award-winning Cinematics Department.

What You Bring to the Table

Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

You must be knowledgeable of Blizzard’s varying artistic styles. You are continuously seeking to improve your skills and abilities with regards to 3D asset creation. You must be able to work well within a small team environment and are eager to collaborate with other artists and departments to get the job done. You are ready for the challenge of pushing the quality of our iconic characters of Blizzard Cinematics to even new heights.

This role is anticipated to be a hybrid work position, with some work on-site and some work-from-home. The potential home studio for this role is Irvine, CA. However, we understand each person’s circumstances may be unique and will work with you to explore other possible options, including remote work arrangements. This is a full-time position.

Minimum Requirements:


  • 8+ years’ experience as a Character Modeling Artist in a professional environment (Game Studio, Animation Studio, VFX Studio)
  • 8+ years’ experience using Maya, Zbrush and/or Mudbox

Knowledge & Skills

  • Ability to model and sculpt characters of any style - from realistic humans/creatures or robots to stylized characters, with or without concept art
  • Deep understanding of anatomy, form, proportions and silhouette
  • Excellent artistic eye, knowledge & experience of character creation and character performance
  • Comfortable collaborating with Art Supervisors/Leads/Senior Artists to troubleshoot technical and/or creative challenges
  • Efficient and clean UVW mapping, displacement map extraction and mesh re-topology skills
  • Interpret artistic direction with ease
  • Ability to complete tasks within the production schedule and/or raise any concerns with your managers as necessary
  • Deep understanding of the entire animation production pipeline

Key Attributes

  • Extremely passionate, self-motivated, a great teammate and a great communicator
  • Humble approach to criticism and feedback on a professional level
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude while potentially juggling multiple requests at once

Extra Points:

  • Concept modeling abilities
  • Ability to create Facial Blendshapes/FACS
  • Strong foundation in the traditional arts
  • Experience leading a team on a show or project
  • Understanding of the visual style of our Blizzard Cinematics, our Games, and an overall passion to push them to the next level

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume (PDF Preferred)
  • Demo Reel and Shot Breakdown

Your Platform

Best known for iconic video game universes including Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, and StarCraft®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (, a division of Activision Blizzard, which was acquired by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment experiences. Blizzard Entertainment has created some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed and genre-defining games over the last 30 years, with a track record that includes multiple Game of the Year awards. Blizzard Entertainment engages tens of millions of players around the world with titles available on PC via®, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android.

Our World

Activision Blizzard, Inc., 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.

We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, among other characteristics.

214 available jobs