3D Design
Advertising Salary
Competitive depending on experience

About The Role

We’re looking for an experienced DMP artist to join us on an exciting new project here at Blue Zoo. The role will involve the creation of matte paintings for a range of spectacular, imaginary locations in an animated world. The paintings will need to convey mood, scale and material quality that supports the overall aesthetic of the film and enhances the story.

This role requires the hired candidate to be based in the UK, outside of London (outside the M25). This role will report into our Brighton Studio but we are open to remote workers.


Day to Day:

  • The primary responsibility will be the creation of highly detailed, integrated Matte Paintings for a 3D animated film. 
  • The DMP artist will be expected to produce clearly organised PSDs with clean, and communicable file management. 
  • We will provide you with detailed briefs that include colour and design information, and some Pre-Matte 3D elements.
  • Your primary communication will be with the Art Director and two Directors, with whom you will have regular catch-ups to discuss briefs and feedback.

About You

Must Have:

  • Good painting skills; a solid understanding of colour, values and dramatic composition.
  • Photobashing skills; must be able to integrate pre-matte 3D renders (and potentially photos) with painted elements.
  • Must be able to work in perspective to create believable depth and scale. 
  • Must be able to produce paintings that integrate with 3D renders. 
  • Expert knowledge of Photoshop required.

Bonus Points:

  • Experience with 3D software.
  • If the DMP artist is able to provide or acquire photographic or 3D material for use in integrating Matte Paintings that would be a bonus. 
  • Experience working as a DMP artist on animated projects. Although we are open to those whose experience is primarily in live-action films.
  • An ability to innovate and resolve design & colour questions which may not have been fully addressed in the brief.  

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.