jobby: Surfacing Artist, Arc Productions, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

March 5, 2012

JOB TITLE:    Surfacing Artist
DEPARTMENT:   Surfacing
REPORTS TO:   Head of Surfacing/Surfacing Supervisor

POSITION OVERVIEW
The Senior Surfacing Artist works with the Surfacing Supervisor or Lead to establish the look and qualities of characters, props, and environments for assigned assets, creates UV’s, textures and shaders for models supplied by the Modeling Department, maintains a convention of file naming structures for all shots, and maintains tidiness and organization of working files.  This role is required to keep the Surfacing Lead aware of any production problems and to perform additional duties as required.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Work with Surfacing Supervisor or Lead to establish the look and qualities of characters, props, and environments for assigned assets with direction from the VFX Supervisor, Art Director, and Surfacing Supervisor, and ensure that Surfacing files are complete and ready for lighting
Create the following for models supplied by the Modeling Department: UV’s, Textures, Shaders
Maintain a convention of file naming structures for all shots that is compatible within the Arc Productions pipeline
Maintain tidiness and organization of working files (directories, .ma scenes, .iff textures, Photoshop PSDs)
Keep Surfacing Lead aware of any production problems
Perform additional duties as required

REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
2+ years of high-end CG animation production experience
Strong painting skills with an artistic eye for detail
Basic understanding of animation styles and techniques as well as an excellent comprehension of animation production for film and/or television
Basic understanding of the animation production pipeline as a whole
Good problem-solving skills
Strong uv-ing skills

Working knowledge of the following:
Mental Ray as a renderer
Polygonal texturing image maps
Construction of shaders and utilities
Photoshop
Mudbox or ZBrush

Bodypaint experience a bonus

Please visit http://www.arcproductions.com/jobsearch to apply. No phone calls please.

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