At Rockstar Games, we create world-class entertainment experiences.

A career at Rockstar Games is about being part of a team working on some of the most creatively rewarding and ambitious projects to be found in any entertainment medium. You would be welcomed to a dedicated and inclusive environment where you can learn, and collaborate with some of the most talented people in the industry.

Rockstar Toronto is looking for a talented Character Artist who will have a passion and willingness to be part of our Character design process. This is a full-time permanent position within the Character Team, based out of Rockstar’s unique game development studio in Oakville, Ontario.


  • We design, create and populate the world with the people and creatures that bring the story and play to life, for both our story-driven and online game worlds.
  • Our characters are the embodiment of the player’s experiences and their interactions when they play – how they look, feel, and interact with other living things.
  • You’ll join a global team setting high standards across all of our projects, who have an exacting production focus and an obsession for getting the minutiae right.


  • Create high quality 3D models, shaders, and texture maps, to match concept, photo reference, art direction, etc.
  • Work with our internal game engine using the pipeline and workflow required for creating characters, as well as participate in R&D of new techniques to implement into production pipeline.
  • Work with Art Directors, Lead\Senior Character Artists, and Technical Artists to create exceptional AAA models.
  • Display exceptional integrity and understanding of the work; constantly seeking ways to improve the efficiency of the workflow and provide documented feedback to improve in-house tools.
  • Work on tasks with clear direction, with and without supervision.


  • Formal art education such as BFA from accredited University, art or design school or equivalent level of experience required.
  • Minimum 4 years of professional gaming or cinematic work experience.
  • A comprehensive modeling and texturing portfolio showing a varied range of character art to a very high standard.
  • Ability to produce work in any required style from high realism to stylized.
  • A detail obsessed eye for creating and manipulating texture maps and excellent understanding of the value of UV space.
  • Rigging and weighting experience required.
  • An above-average understanding of working within a game engine and pipeline.
  • Candidates must be highly motivated, organized, personable and able to work as part of a team.


  • Advanced knowledge of industry standard software applications such as: Photoshop, 3DSMax, Z Brush, Mudbox, Topogun, CrazyBump, etc.
  • Ability to produce work in any required style from high realism to stylized.
  • Strong proficiency in rigging and weighting, UV Mapping and planning texture layouts.
  • A keen understanding of the human form/anatomy and structure/silhouette in respect of modeling.
  • Ability to work within a team; building collaborative relationships and resolving conflicts in a constructive manner.
  • Communicating in a clear and concise manner internally and with external studios.
  • Proficiency in the English language preferred.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize work based on feedback/critiques.
  • Ability to meet or exceed milestone requirements.


Please note that these are desirable skills and are not required to apply for the position.

  • Traditional sculpting and art fundamentals experience a plus.


  • A link to an online portfolio is required.
  • Rockstar offers a competitive salary, full medical and dental benefits package, RSP plan and a great modern working environment.
  • We are located directly on the Go-Train line for easy commuting.
  • This is a full-time permanent position.


Please apply with a resume and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the skills above. If we would like to move forward with your application, a Rockstar recruiter will reach out to you to explain next steps and guide you through the process.

Rockstar is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to hiring, promoting, and compensating employees based on their qualifications and demonstrated ability to perform job responsibilities.

If you’ve got the right skills for the job, we want to hear from you. We encourage applications from all suitable candidates regardless of age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief, or race.

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