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Animal Logic

Vancouver, British Columbia - Canada
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Mid - Senior Surfacing Artist


Are you a Surfacing Artist interested in working with us in our Vancouver studio?! The Surfacing Artist will be responsible for giving models the visual surface qualities that make them appear believable. Surfacing can encompass texture painting, procedural texturing, building shading networks, sculpting, grooming and UV layout. This is a fulltime, contract role that reports to the Surfacing Supervisor and Artist Management.

What you'll get to do:

  • Create photo-realistic textures, either hand painted or procedural, at a level of detail necessary for production assets
  • Create photo-realistic (physically plausible) shading
  • Create procedural grooms as required for the project
  • Take direction from the Surfacing Lead, and present solutions or questions to creative or technical issues
  • Participate in reviews as required; be willing to show and discuss work in progress
  • Pro-actively escalate technical issues to more senior Artists or Leads
  • Assume responsibility for ensuring assigned work is produced to appropriate standard quality within the scheduled timeframe and deadline
  • Assist with project clean up and archiving on an ongoing basis
  • Follow all department guidelines and common practices
  • Stay up-to-date on technology and the entertainment industry

What you bring:

  • 3+ years’ experience on feature films, TV and/or animated feature working on high quality texturing, shading and surfacing (preferably on photo-realistic assets)
  • Proven ability in surfacing and shading; proficiency demonstrated through past project work and/or reel/portfolio
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Production experience in Maya, Mari, and node-based procedural shading
  • Experience in a modern raytracing package
  • Knowledge of node-based procedural grooming
  • A passion for making beautiful looking photo-realistic hard surface cg objects by combining strong visual and technical skills
  • Strong written and verbal English language skills
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to efficiently organise and prioritise work across multiple areas
  • Excellence in problem solving and balancing quick turnaround with long term quality
  • 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

The following would be considered a bonus:

  • Production experience with grooming, hair/fur or instancing tools – preferably in Houdini
  • An understanding of lighting and colour theory in feature film production
  • Sculpting experience – preferably with Mudbox
  • Experience scripting in Python
  • Experience with Nuke and Houdini
  • Completed education in a relevant field
Interested? Check out our online application form via our website.

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Animal Logic is currently in production on Peter Rabbit 2 and Super Pets. Recent productions include Captain MarvelThe LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Peter RabbitThe LEGO Ninjago MovieGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Alien: Covenant. Other film credits include: The LEGO MovieAvengers: Age of UltronThe Great GatsbyLegend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole300Happy Feet and The Matrix.

For over 25 years, Animal Logic has remained committed to innovation, technical and creative excellence and most importantly, creating a collaborative and storytelling culture with a unique voice. We have BIG dreams!

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