Character Designer

Responsibilities:
  • Work with project Art Director, conceptualize, refine and design compelling animated characters using Adobe Photoshop that satisfy the needs of the episodic script
  • Receive & understand Character Design assignment from Art Director/Design Supervisor
  • Make any changes or revisions and re-submit to Art Director/Design Supervisor for approval
  • Communicate with Department Coordinator and Production Manager regarding status of work and any problems that arise
  • Support & maintain the artistic vision of all phases of the series from pre-production through final episode delivery
  • Ensure character assets are of the highest artistic quality, and uphold the integrity of the overall series aesthetic and artistic vision of the project as a whole
  • Undertake research and information gathering prior to the commencement of new designs based on references and direction given by Art Director (basing designs on existing animal physiology, or a specific historical period, for example)
  • Resolve a range of artistic development issues, working with other team members (color stylists, design assistants, etc.)
  • Actively improve skill set and abilities by keeping aware of current trends, techniques, and art methods
  • Work with limited direction, and/or take feedback and iterate on designs as tasks progress, as directed by the Production group within schedule
  • Ask appropriate questions to understand & complete all character designs and task on schedule
  • Ensure quality & style of show is achieved
 
Qualifications:
  • Strong traditional fine art skills, training and production experience (illustration, painting, composition, human anatomy / organic forms, color theory, perspective, 2D & 3D design)
  • Proficient in the use of Adobe Photoshop
  • Ability to resolve a range of artistic development issues and working with other team members
  • Possess strong time management and prioritization skills
  • Ability to work with limited direction, and/or take feedback and iterate on designs, as directed by the Production group
  • Communication, time management skills and team player
  • Some previous episodic series or feature experience is desirable, but not essential
  • Good communication, organizational, time management and interpersonal skills
  • Bachelor's Degree in illustration, animation, fine arts or equivalent
 

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