Lead Technical Artist - Los Angeles

Los Angeles
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Cloud Imperium is looking for a talented and accomplished Lead Character Technical Artist to develop process, tools, and pipelines that will enable the creation of the persistent universe for Star Citizen.


  • Oversee the development of art pipelines including proprietary tools, software plug-ins, and in game technology
  • Cultivate other members of the team through the mentorship of skills, processes, and technical / artistic techniques
  • Review and feedback on assets relating to the technical setup and processes used
  • Be responsible for the internal tool suite within Maya and help shape and evolve art pipelines, including proprietary tools, software, plug-ins, and game technology
  • Write and maintain technical documentation in terms of standards, pipelines and processes
  • Make recommendations on how to improve both product quality and group productivity
  • Drive Global Tech Art initiatives related to characters and skinned meshes
  • Lead skinning and deformation technologies, tools and initiatives pertaining to them across the organization
  • Collaborate with game designers, artists, and engineers to ensure that technical art vision is serving the project needs
  • Identify potential and recurring workflow problems and collaborate with other developers to find viable solutions
  • Work closely with the other leads within the character art group to realize implementation in game
  • Monitor and improve asset quality and performance involving characters
  • Other such duties and responsibilities assigned by Cloud Imperium reasonably consistent with employee’s skills and experience.

* Requirements:

  • Minimum of three years’ experience in game development serving in a technical art role
  • Has managed direct reports in previous leadership roles
  • Exemplary knowledge of 3DS Max/Maya and Photoshop
  • Experience in other scripting and programming languages (Python, C++/C#, Mel and Max Script)
  • Demonstrated initiative and relentless motivation to tackle complex technical challenges
  • Self-motivated, good communication skills, and a great team-player
  • Proven problem-solving skills, along with the ability to rapidly prototype
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Passion for computer games
  • International travel may be required as a part of this role


  • Mastery in one or more technical skills including FX/particle animation, lighting, rigging, tools scripting, or shader development
  • Skilled in one or more related disciplines – concept, animation, visual effects, or modeling
  • Understanding of UI/UX principles applied to tools development
  • Experience in the film industry in a technical role
  • Knowledge of Perforce
  • Knowledge of complex rigging

Covid-19 Hiring Update: We’ve transitioned to a work-from-home model and we’re continuing to interview and hire during this time. This role is expected to begin as a remote position. We understand each person’s circumstances may be unique and will work with you to explore possible interim options

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