Technical Artist

By March 29, 2022 No Comments
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Job Location: Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA

 

About Us

Pure Imagination Studios started in 2012 as a diversified entertainment company built by a team of creators who shared a true passion for storytelling. We thrive on imagination; everything we do is designed to bring a tangible experience to anything our clients, partners and we dare to imagine. We believe that pure imagination should be the fuel to our collective reality.

 

We are storytellers, dreamers, and creators of new worlds striving to design and develop the future of entertainment. Join our team today!

 

Overview and Responsibilities

The Technical Artist (TA) acts as a bridge between our artists, animators, project managers and software engineers. The main areas of responsibilities include art production workflows, rigging, skinning, tools & pipelines, asset optimization & integration, artist support and shader development. TAs are expected to assume ownership over any art-related technical issues that arise on the project and bring them to resolution. This often includes delegating to / mentoring more junior staff on the team. Candidates must demonstrate a comfort level in working with both art and technology.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Troubleshooting problems related to the setup of art in game engines (Unity strongly preferred). This may include diving into projects that have already been built
  • Designing an art style/look for a project through research, design, creative discussion, etc.
  • Designing environments, characters, props, in 3D, 2D Sourcing or creating 3D models. Optimizing, downres-ing or fixing existing models
  • Setting up materials, including PBR materials (e.g.: familiar with using specular, normal, albedo and AO maps)
  • Setting up lighting in-engine, baking and painting texture maps, baking a normal map from higher poly meshes, creating shaders in a node-based editor or written in HLSL
  • Delegating work to other artists, giving context and feedback when necessary
  • Figuring out a strategy and workflow for getting an art style to work within the technical limitations of the project
  • Working in close collaboration with the engineers to figure out the best way to set up the art in the project and solve art-related problems that occur during development
  • Responding to feedback and working iteratively and collaboratively on design with team members, clients, and partners
  • Creating VFX (esp. Unity’s particle systems or VFX graph) Animating in Unity (or similar game engine)
  • Working with game engine UI
  • Working with photoshop to create assets such as tiling textures, particle sprites, masks or textures that store specific information in their color channels.

Qualifications

  • 2+ years of experience working in Unity.
  • At least 2 shipped products
  • Experience working on teams
  • Ability to research and learn how to use new tools (e.g.: figuring out how a Unity asset store spline tool works, learning how to use an unfamiliar rendering pipeline, an unfamiliar painting software, etc.)
  • Artistic eye for what looks good and for matching art styles
  • Understanding of realism (e.g., how light works, etc.)
  • General understanding of how the different parts of a game work together (e.g., experience making their own games is helpful)

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Creating rigs and animations for use in Unity
  • Maya skills
  • 2D art skills: painting, vector art skills, animation, illustration etc.
  • Experience working with Figma or similar tools to design UI
  • ┬áProficient scripting/programming in python, C++ and C#
  • Experience working with Unity ShaderGraph, Amplitude, or any other node-based shader editor.
  • Experience working with version control software such as Sourcetree

 

Pure Imagination Studios is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

 

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