2D Designer (Characters) - BC

At Mainframe Studios, we’re creators first. We eat creative and technical challenges for breakfast and come back for more. We’ve been doing this for 25+ years, and we’re still going strong. We’re lucky enough to have the best team in the business. From our artists to our technical and production folks, everyone is passionate about collaborating on some kickass projects. We’ve partnered with the biggest names in the business to create a huge library of content. With partners like Mattel, Netflix, DreamWorks, Sony, Silvergate, and Nickelodeon, it's no wonder we’ve established ourselves as a creative force to be reckoned with.

WE WANT YOU (and your mad skills)!

Under the guidance of the Production Designer/Art Director, the Designer creates rough 2D designs of characters, sets, vehicles and/or props depending on their area of expertise.

While our studio remains in beautiful Kitsilano, Vancouver, we have transitioned all of our staff to work from home during these difficult times of the COVID-19 outbreak. Our technology allows our employees to log in remotely to our on-site workstations with little or no noticeable difference from the way they worked in our studio. We now have team members working all across BC, and are happy to consider that option into the future for many positions!

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Under the leadership of the Production Designer/Art Director, the Designer creates designs that support the overall creative vision for the story based on the determined style of the project.
  • Interprets and implements notes and feedback from the Art Director or Lead in a timely and qualitatively acceptable way.
  •  Work closely with the Art Director to understand show concepts and style
  • Translate character description and attitude from script to visual design.
  • Create engaging, high-quality characters and/or props, from initial rough drawings to final designs.
  • Submit multiple design variations and revisions based on feedback from the Art Director.
  • Create model sheets of character turnarounds and facial/anatomical expressions.
  • Work closely with animation and rigging to identify and solve problems.
  • Adheres to digital file management protocols.
  • Aligns and engages with the values of Mainframe: a culture of community, connectivity, creativity and collaboration.
  • Interacts respectfully and professionally with colleagues, staff members and clients.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Degree and/or diploma in fine arts or animation or equivalent experience preferred.
  • 2-3+ years of experience working in a professional environment within their discipline.
  • A keen eye for aesthetic needs as well as diverse visual development styles as required by the project.
  • Working knowledge of anatomy, proportion, perspective, and composition. Strong drawing, illustration skills.
  • Able to draw on model and style while injecting personality and fresh ideas into the show.
  • Has a strong understanding of the needs of the show and the pipeline to allow the Designer to proactively anticipate issues and suggest solutions.
  • Proficiency using Photoshop is required. Familiarity with ToonBoom Harmony is a strong asset.
  • Ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Proactively communicates production issues to the supervisor. Practices attentive and active listening. Shares information, methodologies and ideas with others. Incorporates feedback and direction received from Director/Supervisor.
  • Solid work ethic and positive attitude. Ability to work under pressure. Self-motivated and proactive.
  • Consistently strives to expand knowledge base.
  • Efficient and detail-oriented.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to work collaboratively.
  • Ability to deliver work on time and meet set design objectives.

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Mainframe Studios is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which means we will not discriminate against any individual based on race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, disability, or any factors prohibited by applicable law. This policy applies to every aspect of employment at Mainframe Studios, including recruitment, hiring, training, advancement, and termination. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and partners. Should you require accommodation throughout the recruitment process, please let us know your requirements when contacted.