Lead Character Surfacing Artist

Giant is hiring a Lead Character Surfacing Artist for an iconic animation series.


We would love to hear from you – Send an email to careers@giant.ie

Position Overview

This is a short-term contract, under 1 year, and can be a remote working position.

Ideally artists will be based in Ireland, however, the role is open to all artists, but applicants must be able to work within a 4 hour time difference of the Irish timezone to allow for daily interaction with the Creative and production teams.

We will endeavour to respond to all applicants, but due to the high volume of applications we receive a reply might not always be possible.

Please mail to careers@giant.ie – please include the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email, for example: “Application – Lead Character Surfacing Artist Position”.

Starting date: June 2022

Position Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Art Director and CG Supervisor to establish creative and technical workflows that constantly strive to meet client and internal quality expectations for Character Surfacing on the project
  • Oversee and manage the Character Surfacing team to make sure that they meet the creative and technical requirements of the project
  • Create and implement textures and surfacing for characters based on the needs and determined look of a show
  • Review Character Models and flag potential problems and solutions
  • Work closely with modelling department to create edge flows and retopology that meets the surfacing technical requirements
  • Oversee client and internal notes, providing direction and feedback to the Character Surfacing Team as required
  • Work closely with the Production Team in the management of the department, creating team schedules and setting tasks for the team as well as flagging any potential issues or delays
  • Attend client meetings and Review Calls as necessary
  • Work closely with the Art Director, CG Supervisor, Modelling Lead & Pipeline TD to establish efficient techniques, topology, naming and other conventions to optimize the character surfacing process 
  • Collaborate and maintain transparent communication with other department supervisors and leads
  • Support a collaborative and creative environment that produces awesome Giant projects. Including coaching and mentorship to members of your team
  • Create tools and scripts to increase efficiency in the department
  • Track tasks and meet production deadlines

Position Requirements

  • 5+ years of professional experience in animation.
  • At least 2 years of experience as Lead in the Animation or VFX industry
  • Excellent visual skills and attention to detail
  • Advanced painting skills with a strong understanding of colour theory and application.
  • Superior eye for light, shade, colour, and detail
  • Proficient in Maya, Nuke, Photoshop, Substance
  • Experience in UV mapping and texture layout using Maya.
  • Knowledge of Redshift renderer
  • Great interpersonal, time management and organizational skills

Don’t see an opportunity applicable to you?

We’re always looking for talented people to join our team, so why not get in touch anyway at careers@giant.ie