Location
London
Department
3D Asset Build
Advertising Salary
Competitive depending on experience
Vacancy Type
Fixed Term

About The Role

Our Junior Surfacing Artists create materials with intricate details for our environments, props and characters that allow worlds to come to life, and add the charming details that make our stories believable. They are always keen and constantly striving to improve their skills and assets.

Your day-to-day will focus on creating detailed, stylised materials based on informative concept designs, whilst meeting production deadlines and that all important brief from our Directors and Art Directors and Clients. 

This role requires the hired candidate to be based in the UK, outside of London (outside the M25).  We would like to highlight that the hired person in this role may be required to work part or full time at one of our Regional Studio Hubs (to be confirmed). This role will also report into one of our Regional Studio Hubs.

Due to the current government guidelines on the continuing pandemic, we welcome hybrid and remote working for all job opportunities we offer for the foreseeable future.

 

Day to Day:

  • Creating materials with intricate details texturing and shading on stylised assets.
  • Creating materials both procedurally and hand painted.
  • Contribute to the surfacing library to be used throughout the production.
  • Effectively realising a 2D concept through to 3D, as well as being able to work with minimal design. 
  • Editing UVs on assets to work effectively with the materials and republish those models.
  • Communicating closely with the modelling team for additional maps needed for displacement and model updates. 
  •  Editing materials on a shot to shot basis.
  • Working as part of a team of surfacing artists, and regularly communicating between your Team Lead, CG Supervisors, Art director and Directors.
  • Managing your assets and your time efficiently to meet those deadlines.
  • Responding positively and acting on  notes and feedback from our Modelling & Lighting Departments, CG Supervisor, Art Director and Directors.
  • Reporting to your Team Lead and Production Manager if there are any issues to flag that would affect the schedule.
  • Producing tests for the exploration process.

About You

Must Have:

  • Great demonstrable animation production experience.
  • Interpreting skills in creating surfaces from concept designs
  • Knowledge of UV mapping with either Maya or UVLayout
  • Texturing assets using either Substance Painter, MARI or Photoshop
  • Knowledge of Substance Designer
  • Being a team player and great collaborator
  • Creative problem solving
  • Good understanding of how materials react to light.

Bonus Points:

  • Experience working with modelling tools both in Maya and Zbrush
  • Knowledge of clean topology

About Us

Blue Zoo is a leading animation studio in the UK, with a world-class reputation as the go-to place for creating bold, fun and characterful animation. Established in London in 2000, the studio has grown to become the largest dedicated CG animation studio in the UK, picking up a shelf full of BAFTAs along the way. 
 
The studio is going through an exciting period of growth and we are building a studio that is full of amazingly talented, happy artists, making work they are proud of, which in turn makes a small contribution to a happier world. 
 
We look for people who have expertise, enthusiasm and are motivated by change. You’ll work alongside a talented and diverse group of people who respect each other's differences and seek to understand fresh perspectives. 
 
What we’ve got for you (Benefits)
 
  • Winner of Best Places to Work in TV 2019 and 2020!
  • Free breakfast, fruit and hot drinks
  • Inclusive self-funded short-films programme
  • Many fun social events throughout year
  • Bi-monthly reactive feedback programme
  • Friday "beer o'clock" drinks (and soft drinks) inside work hours!
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including retail and gym discounts
  • On-site massages
  • Profit participation (for staff who have been in our studio for 2+ years)

 

Blue Zoo is committed to creating and nurturing an inclusive studio that promotes and values diversity and invites everyone to ‘bring their whole selves’ to work. We believe that companies that truly embrace and value diversity, and create an environment where everyone from any background can do their best work, are better companies. 


To be engaged our people have to feel included and valued. We work hard to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is embedded in the way we work, not just an initiative. We strive to engender a studio community that feels a deep sense of pride and commitment that transcends any role, department or level and works together to produce excellent and engaging work.

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