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Senior Character Modeler

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Toys For Bob - Senior Character Modeler
Novato, Ca

We are currently on the hunt for talented, creative, and very passionate Senior Character Modeler to take part in developing characters for our next title.  The ideal candidate will thrive in a collaborative environment, possess outstanding communication skills, and have a desire to assist with the creation of awesome games.  

Here’s what you’ll be doing:

Develop high resolution character sculpts that aid in the development of advanced texture and material applications for use with in-game characters.  
Collaborate directly with concept and animation artists to ensure the quality of the content capitalizes on new industry trends and techniques and delivers characters that are both distinctive and memorable. 
Work closely with the Director, Toys and Characters and team leads to sculpt characters which enhance narrative arcs and complement the global aesthetic of the game. 
Construct meshes which effectively develop and communicate the persona of the character and develop a foundation for animation.
Meet established quality standards by creating visually stunning character models which are balanced against runtime performance.
Balance quality with efficiency when working under tight deadlines.
Follow and maintain pipelines and technical requirements.

The skills and experience you’ll need:

4+ years experience in developing character models, textures, and skins. 
Bachelor's degree or diploma with an emphasis on Art.
Demonstrated ability to digitally sculpt/model & texture both high & low polygon characters .
Strong knowledge & understanding of human anatomy with accurate proportions, form, and details.
Relevant 2D and 3D software experience – Photoshop, Maya, 3DSMax, ZBrush 
Ability to construct and elaborate on characters based on key reference or concepts 
Experience with managing polygon count and texture budgets 
Passionate, creative, and organized 
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work collaboratively and succeed in a diverse work environment.
Self-motivated team player who proactively seeks feedback and communication.
Technical problem solving is a must.

And you’ll really get our attention if you have:

Portfolio showing multiple samples of character models/textures  
Models should include high poly, low poly, and all texture passes (including normal maps)
A keen understanding of form and a critical eye for proportions and silhouettes and an understanding of fabric, drape and texture.

Toys for Bob is a band of inventors, makers, and magicians who have been developing whimsical AAA console games for over 25 years. We play in a former military hangar that’s been converted into a colorful, tiki-themed, dog-friendly paradise just 20 minutes north of the San Francisco Golden Gate bridge. Best known for inventing the “Toys to Life” genre with Skylanders, we are a team of out-of-the-box thinkers who are driven to create memorable new experiences that inspire joy through levity and play. If you love games, are great at what you do, and don’t take yourself too seriously, we’d love for you to be part of the family!

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