Grooming Artist

This position is based in Vancouver. All applicants must reside in British Columbia if applying within Canada or in the United States.

We are currently seeking a Feather Grooming Artist to join the team. This is a project-based position that will help create feathers and fur for a CG character. The Grooming Artist reports to the project CG Supervisors and Character Supervisor.


  • Create complex hair and fur simulations for characters – both humans and creatures
  • Use Houdini for grooming
  • Work closely with other departments to ensure grooms created work through the pipeline
  • Implement best practices, and anticipate potential problems
  • Simulating hair grooms in Houdini or Maya
  • Developing hair shaders and general hair look development
  • Sharing knowledge with other artists, and assisting in producing training documentation
  • Work with pipeline and tools department to assist in the development of proprietary tool sets around grooming and simulating


  • Proficiency in Houdini
  • Ability to create cg hair/fur and hair simulations
  • Experience troubleshooting hair/fur requirements on shot-by-shot basis
  • Ability to work self-directed and follow specific direction when given
  • Experience with both organic and hard surface modeling
  • 3 + years’ experience within TV and film VFX pipeline
  • Photorealistic texturing experience
  • Knowledge of V-ray an asset
  • Up-to-date reel
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail and follow through.
  • Positive attitude, hard worker, flexible schedule for deliveries
  • Pro-active team member who demonstrates a strong sense of creativity and respect for aesthetics
  • Candidates must provide updated reel showcasing grooming specific work.
  • Simulating cloth and other dynamics systems a plus!
  • Experience using XGen a plus!


  • Grooming/CFX in Houdini
  • Simulating hair curves in Houdini

Additional information

  • Candidates MUST be located in the United States or British Columbia if applying within Canada. This is a remote (work from home) position
  • Zoic does not cover relocation costs
  • This job description contains the basic requirements for the position and is NOT intended to be a complete list of responsibilities; other duties may be assigned
  • Due to the volume of applications we receive across our different openings we regret that only those selected to interview will be contact

About Zoic Studios

Zoic Studios is an Award winning VFX company made up of accomplished artists and producers who understand story, process and relationships. Partnership, integrity and enthusiasm are our key founding principles. We have three locations, Los Angeles, New York City and Vancouver, Canada. Some of our recent credits include Ozark, See, Sweet Tooth, Superman & Lois, and Legends of Tomorrow.

"Visual Evolution" is our mission; we invest in constantly improving our technological and studio processes so that our artists can focus on being creative even in the lightning fast paced world of visual effects. We apply these principles to our work on some of the most VFX intensive film and television projects out there. We like a challenge. Do you?