Technical Artist, Rigging (Senior, Principal and/or Lead)

Tech Art Los Angeles, CA Montréal, QC SF Bay Area, CA Vancouver, BC

Phoenix Labs is looking to hire a Technical Artist with a specialization in rigging and tech animation to join one of our new internal game teams! You will collaborate with various disciplines to help build our character and animation pipelines, rigging systems, runtime engine problem solving and overall animation tools.

Responsibilities

  • Design complex unique and modular rigging and skin deformation systems 
  • Help design workflows and pipelines, while deploying tools to improve production processes
  • Implement techniques to solve complex character and animation challenges
  • Partner closely with modeling, animation, and gameplay programmers to implement/troubleshoot various assets into the game
  • Strong understanding of anatomy and locomotion systems 
  • Research and develop tools, approaches and solutions to complex problems
  • Highly proficient communication skills and capacity to act as an ambassador between art and engineering
  • Strong knowledge of Maya

Requirements 

  • Several years of technical art/rigging/animation experience with multiple shipped game titles or related entertainment products 
  • Strong artistic sensibility, good eye for how a rig deforms
  • Experience with Maya API, as well as with PyMel and Python
  • Strong ability in documenting and rolling out new assets, tools, and systems 
  • Strong knowledge of game constraints and various approaches to create high quality game experiences
  • Experience hiring, mentoring, and leading teams (For the Lead Role)

Preferred

  • Previous experience with Unreal Engine
  • Familiarity with blueprint, and animation blueprints

Who we are:

At Phoenix Labs, we make games because we love them, and we love the way they inspire us, bring us together, and enrich our lives.

Our mosaic community of game developers is united by shared values and a singular mission: Do the best work of our careers creating timeless games, powered by trust, courage, and an unwavering regard for players and each other.

Phoenix Labs have studios located in Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, and San Mateo. We are backed by Garena, our long-time partner in Southeast Asia.