Job: House Special – Sr. CG Surfacing Artist


House Special – Sr. CG Surfacing Artist

Categories General Job Postings
Location Portland
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As a Sr. CG Surfacing Artist, you will be part of a team that establishes looks for all characters, props and environments via painting surface textures and creating shaders. Our teams move fast; we never compromise on creativity.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops surfaces and textures for characters, props and set elements that reflect a Director or Art Director’s vision
  • Contributes in establishing the look and feel of all CG projects
  • Creates and maintains 3D models as needed
  • Collaborates with CG team to ensure models maintain structural integrity
  • Assists in lighting and compositing as needed
  • Partners with CG team to troubleshoot creative and technical issues
  • Works with tools team to define, develop and implement innovative surfacing tools and techniques
  • Communicates effectively with production management, creative leads and technical support teams
  • Meets deadlines as established by production management
  • Actively safeguards HouseSpecial’s Proprietary and Confidential Information

Minimum Qualifications

  • 4+ Years of high-end production experience in commercials or feature films as a Surfacing Artist
  • Ability to adapt to a large variety of styles including integration with live-action, 2D, and Stop-Motion elements
  • Strong attention to detail, communication skills, a great attitude and common sense
  • Able to work both independently and in team settings
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Ability to prioritize, hit deadlines and maintain consistent productivity in a fast paced environment
  • Open to taking direction and able to embrace change
  • Extensive experience with Maya, laying out proficient UVs, Maya Shader networks, rendering in Maya with Arnold & Photoshop/Illustrator
  • Candidates with strong experience in painting packages like Mari, Substance Painter and/or ZBrush preferred
  • Experience in advanced surface types like global illumination and subsurface scattering a plus
  • Experienced in lighting and compositing a plus
  • Open to taking direction and able to embrace change
  • Candidates with Nuke Compositing skills a plus
  • Candidates with Shotgun experience a plus


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of work being performed by in a production coordination role and do not comprise the definitive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

About HouseSpecial

Our Portland creative team is globally known for our ability to develop characters in narrative environments for iconic brands like M&M’S, Supercell’s Boom Beach, Planters, Apple, ESPN, Target and Honey Nut Cheerios. We have collaborated with advertising agencies Barton F. Graf, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Wieden+Kennedy, TBWA\CHIAT\DAY, Leo Burnett and BBDO (and many others…) on hundreds of spots – many of which earned big awards and are part of advertising lore. The studio, under the leadership of President.EP Lourri Hammack, Chief Creative Officer and Creative Director Kirk Kelley and Chief Operating Officer Alvaro Cubillas, specializes in short to mid-form animated content in 2D, CG and stop motion mediums.