Consumer Products - Character Art Director

Santa Monica, California / Illumination Entertainment

Posted: Oct 9, 2017


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Illumination is looking for a creative leader, with extensive experience bringing world class animated characters to life who will oversee and be responsible for conceptualizing and drawing our character art poses, collaborating with our film makers, Universal designers and artists,

 to accurately execute our characters in art assets and products. This position will report to the SVP, Creative.



Develop character poses for the different Illumination properties

Supervise, direct and review character art and illustrations produced by internal and/or external (freelance) artists. Ensure work meets Illumination's high creative standards and ambitious marketing goals.

Review and provide feedback on a variety of style guide character art programs as well as correct poses, keeping them on model and on concept.

Execute our characters in various illustrative styles from photorealism to highly stylized.

Review and provide feedback on a variety of "character based" product ranging from food items to toys, home product to publications, fashion accessories to large scale sculpts. Provide solutions on how to adapt characters to different materials and form factors.

Oversee the tracking and documentation progress on all Product reviews, Visual Development tasks and Production art tasks.

Responsible for mentoring and training Universal artists in their growth and best practices.

Partner with Supervising Directors to ensure the aesthetic requirements on final designs.



10+ years of experience in character art development for consumer products, or equivalent

Expert in understanding and illustrating all Illumination character/properties

Solid drawing skills and understanding of anatomy and perspective required

Broad knowledge and ability to execute Illuminations characters in various illustrative styles from photorealism to highly stylized

Clear and diverse visual development skillset

Knowledge of manufacturing processes in toys, plastics, 3D home goods

Strong artistic knowledge with understanding of forms, materials, composition, perspective, color, anatomy and lighting

Familiarity with the Animation process and Storytelling as a medium

Expert level proficiency in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator required

Ability to work in a fast-paced and constantly changing environment

Receive and give feedback in a motivated and invested way focused on what is best for the product or style guide.

Excellent communication skills in presenting ideas in formal and informal settings

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