Zoo Lab
Advertising Salary
Competitive depending on experience

About The Role

The Creative Lead will be creating and curating the visual development for new projects, developing styles for characters, sets and world building. The role will incorporate taking the lead on a variety of projects, working in conjunction with the Creative Directors on others, and on occasion acting solely as an artist.
We are very happy to discuss flexible, hybrid and remote working options for all our vacancies.

Day to Day:

You will be:

  • Taking the lead on developing a relationship with clients and subsequently developing briefs alongside them
  • Researching and providing exploratory moodboards and sketches for sets and characters, based on the developed or previously approved brief, where appropriate 
  • Provide Colour Keys and Digital Paintings which are going to be translated into a 3D world
  • Produce detailed drawings/thumbnails/schematics at correct scale as required
  • Setting up briefs and holding review sessions with art director and design team
  • Regularly communicating  your or the Creative Directors vision to the team
  • Collaborate/communicate with the client and the wider company, as required 
  • When required, leading and directing a small team of multidisciplinary artists
  • Working with the Department Manager to design and plan the project workflow and deliverables 
  • Maintaining an awareness of and adherence to budgets and schedules throughout the project, working in conjunction with the Department Manager
  • Responding positively to and providing notes and feedback
  • Assisting the Department Manager on recruitment and scoping needs

About You

Must have:

  • Excellent aesthetic judgement with strong skills in drawing, painting and attention to detail
  • Adaptable to different styles of show
  • A portfolio that demonstrates a variety of set and character design options that fit into a story/world
  • Be able to present work in a clear and concise manner that demonstrates thought process and purpose 
  • Strong communication skills, both client facing and internally for briefings and feedback
  • Excellent knowledge of tools and software such as Cintiq, Photoshop, or other applicable design software
  • Creative flair and ingenuity when proposing new visual treatments
  • Excellent understanding of colours, lighting and value structure
  • Excellent understanding of volumes, turnarounds and perspective for characters
  • Excellent understanding and demonstration of perspective drawing for environments.
  • Strong compositional understanding and use of cinematography for visual storytelling and world building
  • Able to visually develop and design characters, sets and environments for 2D and 3D mediums through sophisticated exploratory designs.
  • Being a team player, great collaborator and leader, leading by example
  • Creative problem solving
  • Able to give and receive design related feedback
  • Excellent time management skills in meeting design deadlines from concept to final deliverables for the entire team
  • A degree or equivalent and a minimum of 4 years industry experience in a similar role

Bonus Points:

  • Previous experience as a lead  and good interpersonal skills
  • Passion for storytelling
  • Understanding of 3D design, modelling, texturing and animation workflow
  • Good skills in graphic design and stylized textures is a plus
  • Good understanding of Digital Matte painting process
  • Ability to block environments roughly in 3D

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, an Annie and an Emmy along the way!

We couldn’t be prouder that Blue Zoo is the first major animation studio in the world to receive B Corp certification. We’ve been independently certified by B Lab, a non-profit organisation who award the B Corp certification. The certification verifies companies who are working to improve the lives of employees as well as industries as a whole. The certification process involves over 170 rigorous metrics to improve the lives of our staff, customers, suppliers, and the local community, ensuring we are not just saying we are ethical with empty gestures, but independently evidencing it.

We are going through an exciting period of growth and 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. Blue Zoo believes that a healthy balance in our lives - whatever our situation - is key to supporting the wellbeing of our staff. We offer flexible working to support this.

We look for people who have expertise, enthusiasm and are motivated to make things better. You’ll work alongside a talented and diverse group of people who respect each other's differences and seek to understand and embrace fresh perspectives.

What we’ve got for you:

  • Winner of Best Places to Work in TV 2019, 2020 and 2022
  • Inclusive self-funded shorts programme
  • Many fun social events throughout the year - even though some of them have to be remote for the foreseeable!
  • Bi-monthly staff feedback and engagement programme
  • Friday "beer o'clock" and talks programme!
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including loads of discounts and offers
  • Online wellbeing programme
  • Profit share (for staff who have been with us 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.