London
3D Design
Contract

About The Role

We are looking for an experienced and creative Character Designer! They will be designing characters based on the style of a production, from rough concept through to final approved artwork. They will be working under the supervision of the Director and Art Director. They will research and explore character through references, and work within the boundaries of a given brief. They are always striving to improve their skills and are happy to support other members of the team.
 
Day to Day:
  • Designing the style, appeal and persona of characters in the production based on story requirements and given brief
  • Researching and exploring character through reference
  • Working as part of a team to interpret assigned concepts and supporting other members of your team when required
  • Managing your assets and time efficiently to meet deadlines
  • Responding positively to notes and feedback
  

About You

Must Have:
  • Ability to adapt to different styles of shows
  • Strong working knowledge of tools and software such as Cintiq, Photoshop or other applicable design software
  • Brilliant creative flair
  • Strong perspective drawing skills
  • Excellent understanding of volumes
  • Excellent eye for colours and value structure
  • Excellent understanding of human anatomy
  • Ability to convey emotional and physical traits of a character through exploratory design
  • Be a team player, great collaborator and able to take direction from leads and art director
  • Creative problem solving
  • A portfolio showing competency in a variety of styles
  • A degree or equivalent and a minimum of 2 years industry experience in a similar role
  • 2+ years relevant industry experience

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!
  • Inclusive self-funded shorts programme
  • Many fun social events throughout the year - even though they 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 participation (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.

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