Character Artist

Free Range Games

United States 100% Remote

Full time

Character Artist

Jan 24

Free Range Games grows games the old fashioned way: we don’t put our team in cages, we work distributedly, and we don’t use toxic work/life trade-offs. Some of our crafters have worked together from PS1 to PS5 and will tell you about carving games one triangle at a time from punch cards.

We are some of the folk behind Spider-man, Tony Hawk, Lord of the Rings, Twitch Sings, Oddworld, Shrek Super Slam, and dozens of mobile and web games. We believe every member of the team has a voice in what the game should be.

We prioritize community, family, and love-of-gaming over process, crunching, and TPS reports. And maybe that’s what you want too.

Free Range Games is seeking a talented, focused and creative Character Artist yearning to create photo-realistic characters while taking cinematic storytelling to the next level.

You are someone who has developed AAA games and has been responsible for bringing characters from rough concepts to vibrant life in compelling game scenarios.


  • Create high quality AAA characters capable of the full range of human expression and dialog.
  • Understand asset limitations, project milestones, risks and work accordingly.
  • Produce models according to the Art Director's vision.
  • Strong technical skills that can be leveraged to help your team create cutting-edge characters.
  • Create efficient and rig friendly, low polygon models for game integration.
  • Pride in your ability to effectively listen to and communicate with every member of your team in a way that inspires a confident and respectful workplace.
  • Work with the technical teams to improve the production processes, tools and pipelines.


  • At least 3 years’ working experience in game development modeling and texturing characters.
  • Portfolio showing the latest work is required for this position.
  • Experienced with AAA game production.
  • Experienced with blendshape creation.
  • Experience in utilizing scan data in the character pipeline.
  • Experience with the Unreal 4 Engine and some Unreal 5 Engine.
  • Very good sense of human and animal anatomy and proportions.
  • Highly proficient in Maya, ZBrush (or equivalent software) and Photoshop.
  • Strong knowledge of Marvelous Designer and Substance Painter.
  • A critical thinker, easy to think of and adapt to new techniques in modelling and texturing.
  • Solid knowledge in hi-poly modeling and digital sculpting.
  • Strong knowledge of low poly modeling techniques and topology for animation.
  • Very good texturing skills, mapping and normal map extraction techniques; Understanding of PBR.
  • Ability to understand technical constraints and to integrate them when modeling.
  • Good sense of form, shape, silhouette in regards to objects.
  • Passion for games and strong game culture.
  • Ability and desire to work in creative and collaborative teams.
  • Ability to manage their own time and work within deadlines.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Free Range Games is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. Free Range Games makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

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Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. Free Range Games participates in E-Verify.

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