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Character Designer

Chuhai Labs is looking for a Character Designer to join our team to help bring an exciting new project to life!

Chuhai Labs is an indie developer/publisher founded in 2002 by Nintendo alumnus Giles Goddard who developed classic titles Star Fox, 1080 Snowboarding, Super Mario 64, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. We are located in the beautiful city of Kyoto, Japan.

Why Chuhai Labs?

Chuhai Labs is the studio behind games you love like Cursed to Golf, Whitewater Wipeout, and Carve Snowboarding. As a company, we embrace remote working and recognize its benefits. As long as we get the results we need - excellent work, which satisfies our customers, done on schedule - we are willing to be as flexible as we can. We offer rare chances for accomplished people from all over the world in all walks of life, to work their ideal job whilst living the life they want, at their own pace.

What We Offer

  • Remote work from anywhere in the world

  • A fair and professional working environment

  • Experienced and talented coworkers determined to push the boundaries of gaming

  • A collaborative workplace where everyone has a voice

  • The chance to make a real impact on new, experimental, and exciting franchises, where your contribution is clear to see

  • A multicultural, inclusive team who fosters a studio culture based on respect, where everyone is positively encouraged to be involved

What We Need You To Do

  • Participate in, and sometimes lead, discussions about how to make the most appealing characters for the game’s intended audience.

  • Collaborate with the art and design teams to establish a consistent visual style across a range of different organic and inorganic characters and vehicles.

  • Produce high-quality finished concept art with an appropriate sense of color, shape, language, personality, and fun based on the highly stylized art direction of the project.

  • Author thumbnails, sketches, breakdowns, reference sheets, paintings, and other concept art, and work with 3D artists to ensure your work can be turned into game-friendly, animated 3D models.

  • Create technical and aesthetic breakdowns of your concept art to support art, design, and engineering teams.

Required Experience & Knowledge

  • 3+ years of industry experience as a character designer

  • Have worked on at least one commercially shipped title

  • Excellent 2D drawing skills with an impeccable grasp of composition, color theory, light, balance, and posing

  • Demonstrable understanding of anatomy (of both animals and vehicles), and how to leverage it to inject personality into designs

  • Portfolio of high-quality examples of character design

  • Self-motivated, well-organized, and proactive about acquiring knowledge and learning new skills

Preferred Attributes

  • Familiarity with 3D asset creation workflows

  • 3D modeling and sculpting skills

  • Currently residing in Japan or able to work during standard Japanese business hours

What's The Next Step?

  • Click the button below to send us an email and apply!

  • We’ll invite all appropriate candidates to a video interview.

  • We’ll keep all applicants informed of their status throughout the hiring process.

  • Join a team and studio worth falling in love with!

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