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3D Character Artist

30,874 P.A. ?
Leamington Spa

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Position at Hardlight

Role Overview - 3D Character Artist:

SEGA HARDlight is looking for a 3D character games artist to focus on in game real-time characters and renders for marketing art across our live games and new projects.

The ideal candidate should understand how to take a concept to build efficient characters that work on mobile but can also scale that up and present extremely high-quality renders for marketing and frontend use. You will enjoy and be comfortable working on a range of stylized and realistic characters, working independently and in a team and able to manage your time effectively.


Create low poly stylized game characters and textures.
Create high poly stylized and realistic character renders.
Create clean, low-resolution game topology and efficient UV’s.
Create LODs and help optimize character assets.
The timely creation of high-quality game-assets to the project's art-style & technical requirements.
Take ownership of the game characters. Help with milestone planning and work with animators, designers and programmers to deliver the best character experience for each game.
Keep abreast of the latest industry art production trends and techniques.
Create additional art elements such as icons, props and game logos when necessary.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:


Knowledge of core software packages (eg. 3DsMax, Maya, Photoshop, ZBrush).
Knowledge of rendering software, materials and lighting (eg. VRay, Arnold).
Familiarity with the entire real-time character creation pipeline: high-poly sculpting, retopology, UV mapping, texture baking, texture creation, setting up and exporting to game.
Able to perform a basic skin and rig for a character to enable posing.
Ability to create textures and materials in different styles – hand painted, photographic, vector based.
Ability to set up a scene for rendering that demonstrates an understanding of lighting, materials and render settings.
Able to take a final 3d render and improve/adjust in photoshop for final presentation.
Good understanding of technical constraints and how to make the most out of them.
At least 3 years-experience creating artwork for games.
Excellent communication skills as a collaborator.
Technical expertise and familiarity with game-engines & their performance requirements.
Enjoy the feedback process as the best way to create fantastic visuals.

A portfolio demonstrating all aspects of your skill is REQUIRED:


Experience with working in game engines like Unity / Unreal.
Ability to create character concepts.
Development experience on a wide variety of mobile platforms.

Why work at HARDlight?

You'll have access to a comprehensive benefits package that includes life assurance, private healthcare & dental insurance schemes and an enhanced contributory pension scheme.
We offer competitive salaries so that you can stay motivated and focused on making HARDlight the best it can be.
For gaming buffs, we offer free SEGA games on Steam and a home technology scheme, or if you’re more of a foodie, you can take advantage of fresh fruit, cereal & toast every day.
Fitness fanatics will love our discounted gym membership and ride to work scheme. You can find your zen with weekly yoga classes as well as in-house massage therapy.
We pride ourselves on having flexible working hours to ensure that you have a life outside of the office.
The opportunity to be a large part of a small team, developing innovative titles with a huge SEGA back catalogue.
Based in the ‘Heart of England' in stunning historic Royal Leamington Spa, with great connections to London & Birmingham.
We want people of all backgrounds to see themselves represented and included in our work, so we actively seek to diversify our team and bring more voices to the table. All applicants are welcome!

This job description is an accurate reflection of the duties and responsibilities of the post as at the time of writing but will be changed from time to time as the job is a career development job which will be adjusted according to the progress of the job holder. It does not form part of the contract of employment.

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