Technical Character Artist

Founded in early 2019, Sumo Leamington is a member of the award-winning Sumo Digital family. We’re one of Sumo’s nine game development studios located across the UK and India, and our goal is to build and grow an industry-leading team here in Royal Leamington Spa.

Managed by industry veterans with ground-breaking titles under their belts, the studio needs to hire the right colleagues to meet our exciting objectives. Whether you’re an industry veteran or straight out of university, we could have a career-defining role for you. If you want to create great games that people will play for years to come, and be there at the beginning of something we know will be truly special, join our team. We look forward to speaking with you!

It’s an exciting time to be part of Sumo Leamington, winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio and GI Biz 2020 Best Places to Work: Diversity Award; big things are on the horizon and we want you to be part of our continued journey. Join us!

Sumo Leamington is made up of a diverse mix of fantastic people, although sometimes, some groups are still under-represented. We are working to remove obstacles that can make it difficult for those groups to progress their careers in the games industry. We welcome applications from under-represented people in the gaming industry, including, but not limited to BAME, LGBQT+, women, people with physical disabilities, neurodiversity or mental health issues, and parents or carers.

The role @ Sumo

Sumo Leamington have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Technical Character Artist to come and join the team!

Working with the Art and Engineering teams, you will develop character pipelines for character customisation systems. You will also support the work of the character artists by creating best technical practices whilst also taking character assets through every stage from sculpting, retopology, UV's, baking maps, skinning and setting up in engine.

To be successful you will have:

  • In depth knowledge of character creation methods
  • Software skills in Maya, ZBrush, Painter and photoshop
  • Experience of working with and developing character customisation systems
  • Experience of adding skin weights to rigs
  • Experience of working with and creating blendshapes
  • Understanding of what makes good topology for deformation
  • Desirable – experience of creating rigs

  • What do we want from you?

  • A passion for working with characters and implementing them in game
  • Strong problem-solving skills, able to offer artistic solutions to technical challenges
  • Able to work independently
  • Solid knowledge of platform limitations from PC to mobile devices
  • Experience with animation is a plus but not required
  • A good understanding of anatomy, proportion and colour

  • As part of the Sumo Digital family, we’re able to offer a super benefits package including generous holidays and flexible working hours. Further perks include our legendary annual Sumo Big Day Out, plus epic Christmas parties, vouchers on your birthday and free fruit for everyone! Our new, regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - staff spend a full day developing and pitching their own game ideas for possible development by Sumo (this led to the recently released Snake Pass, so it’s a genuine commitment to allowing staff to pitch ideas upwards to the highest levels).

    Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built upon the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and have a realisable input into the games we create. We’re in the amazing position of building a brand new team, and creating a studio culture that’s all about passion, respect, diversity, fun and togetherness. We’re looking for people that love what they do and love to share their enthusiasm with each other.

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