Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a motivated and experienced senior character technical artist to join its award winning Blizzard Animation department. The ideal candidate would be a highly motivated artist who has built complex character rigs and is capable of maintaining a high level of visual and technical quality for all characters. He/she must have a strong understanding of anatomy, muscles, cloth/hair behavior and be comfortable in a scripted environment. Experience with simulation rigs and directable shot sims for hair and cloth are a bonus. This artist must be attuned to the needs of a production pipeline and those of the animators we support. Our team works in an intensely art driven environment and the candidate must be able to work collaboratively with other departments including modeling, animation, FX, and lighting.
3 years' experience rigging characters in Maya, or similar software
Strong knowledge of character kinematics, deformations, and topology
Knowledge of cutting-edge character pipeline and workflow techniques
Experience in Python, MEL, C/C , or other programming languages
High proficiency in technical problem solving
Demo reel available online showing rigging and technical proficiency - Include a shot breakdown
History of generating cloth/hair rigs and creating art directed shot simulations.
Knowledge on subjects such as Maya tool development and pipeline design.
Ability to generate tools to facilitate the rigging and simulation pipeline.
Strong communication skills.
Thorough knowledge of layout, modeling, rigging, simulations, and animation tools and workflows currently used in the industry.
Ability to manage , share knowledge and experience, and mentor others.
Passion for Blizzard Games and Cinematics.
Special Instructions for Applicants (Demo or samples required, Design Questions, etc.):
Resume, Demo Reel and Shot Breakdown required.
A little about us:
Blizzard Entertainment is a premier developer/publisher of entertainment software, including World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, and Hearthstone.