For nearly 40 years, Naughty Dog has been crafting best-selling, critically acclaimed games that constantly push the boundaries of narrative, gameplay, and technology. We’ve been busy at the Kennel, most recently releasing The Last of Us Part I, a complete and faithful remake of the original game, rebuilt from the ground up and fully optimized for the PlayStation 5 and currently in development for PC. As a part of the Naughty Dog legacy, you’ll be continuing the development of extraordinary and enduring experiences for a broad, global range of audiences.

Naughty Dog games have long been lauded for their evocative, character-driven stories and attention to detail. We are committed to innovation within our games and as such have curated some of the top creative and technically innovative minds in the industry. We welcome diverse candidates and believe that a broad range of cultural and life experiences contribute to the overall well-being and success of the studio and the titles we craft together.

What you’ll do:

  • Use provided concept art and references to create highly detailed character models and outfits

  • Create high poly models, UV`s, in game topology and textures to ensure high quality in game characters

  • Work on top of scan data, cleaning, making topology and texturing to make in game assets

  • Monitor the needs of rigging, animation, and design to ensure clear characters in game

  • Maintain a clear and consistent workflow under an established schedule

  • Work closely to FX and Lighting artists to create characters that meet artistical and technical requirements

  • Provide direction to character artists for aesthetic and technical considerations

  • Work closely with the Tool and Engine Team to develop new or improve upon old techniques to improve character model quality

  • Work closely with Leads, Principals and Directors to keep quality and style consistent across all characters.

What skills you will use:

  • Promising portfolio, showing high quality characters

  • Experience working with PBR materials.

  • Experience in sculpting, modeling, texturing characters and assets for games

  • Knowledge of sculpting human anatomy, from primary shapes to high frequency skin details

  • Keen eye to form, lighting, colors and composition.

  • Knowledge of sculpting clothing in general, specially folds and wrinkles in different types of fabric.

  • Very Strong portfolio showing high quality characters

  • Work closely with Character OS Manager and external development partners to help provide feedback and direction to the work.

  • At least 5 years of experience as a character artist, working on at least one AAA title.

Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender (including gender identity, gender expression, and gender reassignment), race (including color, nationality, ethnic, national origin), religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy or parental status, trade union membership or membership in any other legally protected category.

We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees, and embrace diversity. We encourage everyone to respond.

At SIE, we consider several factors when setting each role’s base pay range, including the competitive benchmarking data for the market and geographic location. Please note that the base pay range may vary in line with our hybrid working policy and individual base pay will be determined based on job-related factors which may include knowledge, skills, experience, and location.

In addition, this role may be eligible for bonus and SIE’s top-tier benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, matching 401(k), paid time off, wellness program and coveted employee discounts for Sony products. Please note depending on employment type these benefits may vary.

The estimated base pay range for this role is listed below.

$108,100—$162,100 USD