ICON Creative Studio – Lead Groom Artist Job Description
The details below provide a general outline of the skill requirements for all candidates applying for the position.
Based on the quality of the Demo Reel and interview performance, job classification will be determined.
Develop and maintain all department documentation of current pipeline and techniques
Procedurally groom hair and fur using XGen, Ornatrix and Yeti.
Prepares the approved groom for CFX and Rigging.
Prepares the approved groom for simulation, including and not limited to creating the fur simulation rig for the asset.
Rendering and QC of fur elements
Must know how to take a model all the way to completion (Model, UV, Texture, Surface, Light, Render)
Must possess an artistic eye for form and color
May require some guidance in different workflows (topology, texturing, surfacing and UV’s)
May require guidance in understanding who and why pipeline works the way it does
Able to handle a high-pressure environment with tight deadlines
Take responsibility for their own work and can complete tasks within the time allotted
Show passion for their craft and engage in similar activities in their spare time, including taking the time to further their knowledge through study
Able to Identify issues and relay them to team members
Instruct artists on how to troubleshoot Groom issues
Be a leader with the Team, and teach them new ways to make the grooms more efficient and less time consuming
Simplify grooms to make them manageable down the pipeline, and help artists publish efficiently for other departments
Train new entree artists with current department documentation and pipeline workflow
Delegate tasks according to priorities
Keep a clear communication with the Production Team so the Grooms are always delivered on time
Create a safe environment for the artists and integrate the Team members
Skills and Experience:
Experience and training using Maya 2018 and newer.
Experience with Xgen or, Yeti, or Ornatrix grooming software and tools
Experienced grooming feathers in Yeti or Ornatrix
Skilled in Photoshop and or 3D paint software
Strong communication skills
Self motivated and eager to learn
Keen eye for detail, shape and form of hair and fur.
Good problem solver
Knowledge of python a plus
Experience with nCloth a plus
Experience with nHair a plus
Able to spot issues and troubleshoot.
Passion in their task and work on learning new applicable skills in their own time.
About ICON Creative Studio
Founded in 2013, ICON Creative Studio is Canada’s largest independently owned animation entertainment company located in the historic Gastown district of Vancouver, BC, Canada. With almost 400 design, storyboarding, modelling, rigging, animation, technical animation, lighting, visual effects, and compositing artists alongside creative and management teams.