Zenimax Online Studios

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Creating massive, immersive online worlds requires a large team of concept artists, effects artists, animators, riggers, environmental artists, and more. Our games are only ever growing, which means there’s always new universes to create.

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Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking a Senior Technical Artist that will be focused on character systems to join our studio for the development of our next AAA game.  This is a chance to join an experienced group of developers in pre-production for a new IP.

The ideal candidate is a skilled Technical Artist with extensive experience building systems to support character production. Character customization is an important aspect of this IP and extends into nearly everything the player can do. You will be working with small, multidisciplinary groups of artists, designers and engineers to develop efficient, intuitive workflows, build production tools, and identify performance metrics parameters.

Responsibilities

  • Work with Art, Design, and Engineering to develop tools and systems that provide efficient character production workflows
  • Develop tools that ensure data integrity
  • Identify production bottlenecks and propose solutions
  • Provide support, training, and mentoring to users
  • Document workflows and advocate best practices

Qualifications

  • Fluent in one or more programming language (Python, C#, C++, etc.)
  • Solid technical background and an ability to design and implement systems
  • 3+ years relevant industry experience minimum
  • Experience developing and working with other character production systems
  • Experience working with physically based materials
  • Strong troubleshooting skills
  • Familiarity with common data formats: XML/JSON/etc.
  • Familiarity with common 3D data formats: OBJ/FBX/ALEMBIC/etc

Preferred Skills

  • MMO or GaaS experience
  • Experience with Substance Designer/Painter or similar
  • VFX Industry experience
  • Experience with Houdini
  • Perforce
  • PyQt/PySide
  • General interest in contemporary CGI techniques
Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking a Senior Technical Artist with a focus in animation to join our studio for the development of our next AAA game.  This is a chance to join an experienced group of developers in pre-production for a new IP.

The ideal candidate is a skilled Technical Artist with experience in rigging and animation.  You will be working with small, multidisciplinary groups of artists, designers and engineers to develop efficient, intuitive workflows, build production tools, and identify performance metrics parameters.

Responsibilities

  • Work within a multidisciplinary team to develop efficient, maintainable workflows capable of supporting a large, complex project with a wide range of animation needs
  • Develop tools and workflows to support animators
  • Develop and maintain runtime animation graphs
  • Provide direct support to the animation team
  • Work with Engineering to develop best practices, technical guidelines, and performance metrics for animation
  • Document workflows and advocate best practices

Qualifications

  • Fluent in one or more programming language (Python, C#, C++, etc.)
  • Solid technical background with ability to design and implement systems
  • 3+ years relevant industry experience
  • Solid understanding of kinematics, animation principles and ability to translate this into tangible production tools and processes
  • Experience with runtime animation tools, techniques and capabilities (Unity, Havok Behavior, Natural Motion, or proprietary systems, etc.)
  • Experience working with an animation graph or similar system
  • Experience rigging characters for animation
  • Understand differences between production and runtime animation requirements
  • Strong troubleshooting skills
  • Familiarity with common data formats: XML/JSON/etc.
  • Familiarity with common 3D data formats: OBJ/FBX/ALEMBIC/etc.

Preferred Skills

  • Mocap Experience
  • Experience working with 2 or more animation pipelines
  • Linear algebra
  • Perforce
  • PyQt/PySide
  • General interest in contemporary CGI techniques
Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

We are seeking a skilled Technical Animator to help further develop our animation pipeline. The focus of this position will be on runtime animation integration and animation handling in the pipeline.

You will work with animators to develop blend graphs that produce smooth, AAA quality animation, seamlessly combining animated motion with various runtime input sources. You’ll help define animation related workflows and systems, and you’ll assist animators in all technical aspects of animation production. Working with multiple disciplines to identify effective solutions, you will serve as a communicator with the goal of ensuring all involved parties have a common understanding of the system and our shared goals.

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience writing animation authoring tools (in Max, Maya, etc.), though this is not the primary area of coverage. If you have experience programming in any form, this is a huge plus. If you have experience with MOCAP that is also beneficial. If you are technical, highly motivated and passionate about animation, please apply for this position. It’s an uncommon opportunity.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Animation, Design, and Engineering to develop the means by which these groups interact with animation data
  • Play a positive, proactive role in communication between all involved departments
  • Advocate for Animation while maintaining attention to performance issues
  • Provide ongoing support and training to Animation throughout production cycle
  • Communicate, promote, and document animation related processes and best practices
  • Help to identify tools that will make managing large amounts of animation possible

Qualifications

  • 5 or more years industry experience
  • 3-5 years runtime animation system experience (can overlap with industry experience)
  • Professional experience working with 2 or more animation pipelines
  • Strong technical skillset and love of getting hands dirty
  • Strong understanding of kinematics and eye for animation
  • Experience with runtime animation tools, techniques and capabilities (Unity, Havok Behavior, Natural Motion, or proprietary, etc.)
  • Familiarity with rigging
  • Some familiarity with MOCAP workflows
  • Understand differences between production and runtime animation requirements and data
  • Clear, demonstrable understanding of animation data and how it moves through the pipeline
  • Self-sufficient, motivated and independent
  • Strong communication and time management skills
  • Familiarity with common data formats: XML/JSON/etc.
  • Familiarity with common 3D data formats: HVK/GR2/OBJ/FBX/ALEMBIC/etc.

Portfolio: Please include links to your work and clearly indicate your contributions. Resumes without work samples will not be considered.

Preferred Skills

  • Some understanding of shaders
  • Any programming experience
  • Pyside/PyQt
  • Perforce
  • Experience with special effects and non-character animation
  • General interest in contemporary CGI techniques
Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking an ambitious and creative Character Artist to work within our art team to create unique and diverse characters and creatures that will pull the player into our universe. Candidates should have a strong understanding of human and animal anatomy, character modeling, and texturing as it applies to gameplay and should be able to successfully execute those ideas in engine.   

Responsibilities

  • Create dynamic humanoid, animal, and creature models and textures with a strong grasp of form, scale, and proportion while working within defined technical constraints
  • Communicate and work with Concept Art team, Animation, and Technical Artists
  • Adapt to the established art style
  • Closely follow art and design concepts
  • Have a thorough understanding of pipelines and art integration into the game
  • Contribute to the creative process through original ideas and inspiration
  • Participate in critiquing your work and the work of other artists
  • Work with the entire Development team in an energetic and creative environment

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of professional industry experience as a Character Artist
  • At least one AAA published game credited as a Character Artist
  • In depth knowledge of character modeling as related to game development
  • Excellent sculpting skills in Zbrush or Mudbox
  • Texturing skills using Substance Painter or similar software
  • Strong knowledge of human and animal anatomy
  • A strong understanding of rigging and animation principles
  • Excellent fine art skills
  • Knowledge of industry software tools and pipelines (3dsmax, Zbrush, Photoshop, Marvelous Designer, Maya, Substance Painter)
  • MMO or RPG experience a plus

Preferred Skills

  • Rigging and animation experience
  • Facial blendshape creation experience
  • Marvelous Designer experience
  • Hair and cloth simulation experience
  • Traditional art skills such as painting and sculpture
  • Clothing design and construction knowledge is a plus

*The position may require an art test

Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

We are seeking an enthusiastic Senior VFX Artist to collaborate with our Art and Design teams and create amazing effects for The Elder Scrolls Online.

Responsibilities

  • Develop visually stunning particle and shader effects within the defined visual style through creative use of particles, geometry, and animation
  • Work with the Design and Concept Art teams to develop clean, highly readable VFX that support gameplay initiatives
  • Designing, creating, and integrating VFX from start to finish
  • Ensure that VFX assets are built efficiently and perform within performance budgets
  • Concept, propose, and present creative ideas
  • Collaborate with our Artists, Animators, Designers, and Programmers to implement effects
  • Set dressing of environments and cinematics with VFX
  • Testing, debugging, solving problems and fixing bugs
  • Performance testing and optimizing VFX for different platforms
  • Provide creative input specific to assigned tasks

Qualifications

  • Thorough understanding of particle effects technology, techniques, and implementation
  • Demonstrable technical knowledge of effects generation within an engine
  • 5+ years of professional industry experience creating effects; experience shipping at least two AAA titles as a VFX Artist preferred
  • Portfolio demonstrating a wide variety of VFX
  • An aptitude for learning new systems quickly
  • Experience with 3D Studio Max and Photoshop
  • Ability to quickly conceptualize, present, and execute ideas
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organization skills
  • Excellent sense of scale, timing, detail, form, texture, and color
  • Must have the drive to conquer technical challenges
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks in an efficient manner and within deadlines
Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking a highly experienced and motivated Animator to work closely with our Animation team to bring life to a wide variety of characters and creatures to the defined technical and artistic parameters.

Responsibilities

  • Create high quality animation content, primarily inventive creatures and characters
  • Collaborate with designers on solving gameplay problems while maintaining artistic vision
  • Work with our Character Artists to develop proper models with animation considerations
  • Contribute to the creative process with original ideas and inspiration
  • Troubleshoot and solve animation issues with all departments
  • Implement animation assets into game engine and iterate as needed

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of professional experience as an Animator
  • Technical experience working with game engines and game animation implementation
  • Experience in Maya animation and/or Max animation packages
  • Expert knowledge of basic principles of animation: timing, dynamics, and body mechanics
  • Deep understanding of anatomy and human kinetics
  • Understanding of the character development process and its technical dependencies and limitations
  • Acting and staging skills with focus on realistic animation styles
  • Receptive to constructive feedback and willingness to work through an iterative process
  • Ability to adapt to technical dependencies and engine limitations
  • Excellent organizational, teamwork, and communication skills
  • Aptitude for learning new systems quickly
Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for an experienced Senior Environment Artist. Primary responsibilities are to develop all environments and environmental/ambient objects and to ensure consistent quality within the established art style.

Responsibilities

  • Model and texture both organic and hard surface models to the highest level possible while maintaining game restrictions and guidelines
  • Match the look, feel, and style of our game
  • Collaborate with the Concept team in producing quality assets; work independently or without Concept when needed
  • Problem-solve and work collaboratively with the Design team
  • Receive and provide feedback in a constructive and collaborative manner
  • Critique one’s own work and meet set deadlines

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience as an Environment Artist or other relevant experience in the industry
  • Must have a portfolio demonstrating excellence in both 2D and 3D art
  • Experience in 3dStudio Max, Substance Painter, Photoshop, and Zbrush
  • Have a positive attitude, be a team player, and have excellent communication skills both verbally and written
  • Passion for making excellent art
Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

Zenimax Online Studios is looking for a motivated and ambitious 3d Environment Artist. Applicant must have experience in 3dStudio Max, Photoshop, and Zbrush. Experience with Substance Painter and Designer are a bonus. The artist will work closely with Leads and Designers to create game assets that meet the highest quality standards set forth by the team with a focus on organic and natural themed models.

Responsibilities

  • Model and texture both organic and hard surface models to the highest level possible while maintaining game restrictions and guidelines
  • Match the look, feel, and style of our game
  • Collaborate with the Concept team in producing quality assets; work independently or without Concept when needed
  • Problem solve and work collaboratively with the Design team
  • Receive and provide feedback in a constructive and collaborative manner
  • Critique one’s own work and meet set deadlines

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience as an Environment Artist or other relevant experience in the industry
  • Must have a portfolio demonstrating excellence in both 2D and 3D art
  • Experience in 3dStudio Max, Photoshop, and Zbrush
  • Team player with a positive attitude and excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Passion for making excellent art

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with Substance Painter and Designer are a bonus
Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for an experienced World Builder/World Artist to join our team. The World Builder will collaborate with Level Designers, Quest Designers, Writers, and other artists in order to develop well-composed, functional, fun, and engaging 3d spaces.

The World Builder will be responsible for polishing and finalizing world spaces that a Level Designer has laid out and at times, may be responsible for some level designing as well.

Responsibilities

  • Work with the Level Designers and Content Designers to do art passes on 3d world spaces; this includes editing and painting terrain, propping, and lighting to bring world spaces to a final and polished state
  • Collaborate with the Asset Creation Art team on assets for propping work
  • Collaborate with Designers to make sure polish work maintains the vision of the play space
  • Analyze and fix level design issues
  • Ensure visuals match the game's style and lore
  • Check metrics to ensure play spaces run as desired

Qualifications

  • 2+ years of professional industry experience as a World Builder, Level Designer, or Asset Creation Artist
  • Experience with any proprietary terrain sculpting tool
  • Excellent understanding of environmental design and its functions within a game
  • Excellent composition and lighting skills
  • Candidates must show an aptitude for learning new systems quickly
  • Must submit work samples - finished levels and/or block out levels demonstrating composition and gameplay

Preferred Skills

  • Level design experience
  • Knowledge of Photoshop
  • MMO or RPG experience
  • Knowledge of World Machine or World Creator
Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

We are seeking an experienced Art Generalist with an emphasis in 3D to work closely with our mobile game team to bring life to a wide variety of characters, creatures, environments, and VFX to the defined technical and artistic parameters. Flexibility is our key requirement as we develop content within many visual styles and game formats. We seek a team member who can complement our existing skill sets and bring new experience and skills to the team.

Responsibilities

  • Create high quality content, primarily inventive creatures, characters, environments, and VFX
  • Work with Engineers on asset implementation in the Unity environment
  • Collaborate with Designers on solving gameplay problems while maintaining artistic vision
  • Contribute to the creative process with original ideas and inspiration

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of professional experience as a Game Artist; mobile development experience is a bonus
  • Solid technical abilities with respect to the implementation of game assets into a game engine (Unity) with the ability to create performant content
  • Unity experience preferred
  • Extensive knowledge of 3D Studio Max, Maya, or Blender, Z-Brush, Mudbox, and other asset creation tools (e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.)
  • Wide and current experience in art asset production including but not limited to 3D modeling and animation, 2D animation, VFX, and UI
  • Candidates must be able to work in a small, focused team of Designers, Artists, and Programmers with short development cycles
Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking a creative and energetic Senior Media Artist to create promotional art for one of the most beloved, award-winning franchises in history. You will be an integral part in crafting unique pieces of art that capture the essence of the game experience.

Responsibilities

  • Support the studio and Marketing teams to deliver world-class visual assets
  • Create cinematic images through creative use of in-engine game tools
  • Bring to life action or story sequences through control of lighting, characters, and props while maintaining the look, feel, and style of our game
  • Receive and provide feedback in a constructive and collaborative manner
  • Critique one’s own work, demonstrate self-motivation, and meet set deadlines

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of relevant experience in the industry or educational equivalent
  • Strong understanding of cinematography, design intent, and character narrative
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent composition, lighting, and camera angle choices
  • Exceptional eye for color theory in a visual media
  • Artistic and creative vision
  • Have a positive attitude, be a team player, and have excellent communication skills both written and verbally
  • Ability to adapt to changing creative direction
  • Proficiency in Photoshop
  • Must have a portfolio demonstrating excellence in composition, color theory, and narrative; photography examples are a plus

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Concept Artist

This is the 7th studio I’ve worked at, and it’s my favorite for so many reasons. I am lucky to be surrounded by incredibly talented people, and every day they inspire me and help me achieve my best possible work.

Associate Animator

For me, ZOS feels like another family. I have built real lasting friendships with many of my workmates. There’s a strong sense of community here, and I feel lucky to be a part of it.

Join a great team and start your massively multiplayer career with us!

ZENIMAX ONLINE STUDIOS is hiring for The Elder Scrolls® Online and future projects. We’re looking for talented, self-motivated people of varied experiences and backgrounds with the desire to make great games. Welcome to ZOS!

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