July 1, 2019
Hillsboro, Oregon
Job Type


General Summary

The Visual Development Artist, under the guidance of the Art Director, Production Designer and/or Director, generates visual ideas and creates artwork that contributes to the look and design of the film.

Job Functions

  • Conceive, execute and clearly communicate design ideas via computer and/or traditional techniques.
  • Contribute to the development of visual ideas that enhance the story.
  • Collaborate with storyboard artists, character designers, layout artists and others to develop designs and look.
  • Take designs from thumbnail sketch to finished detailed artwork.
  • Incorporate Director’s notes.
  • Develop visuals that match the style of a given project.
  • Meet deadlines as established by Production Management.


  • 3+ years’ experience designing environments and backgrounds for animated feature films.
  • Excellent drawing skills, including perspective and technical drawing as well as animation drawing.
  • Excellent sense of color, lighting, texture and composition.
  • Able to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Open to taking direction and able to embrace change.
  • Working knowledge of Photoshop.
  • Experience with the Wacom Cintiq drawing tablet, a plus.

Physical Demands and Work environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to walk; stand; sit; use hands to operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear both in person and by telephone. The employee must lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee works under typical office conditions and is exposed to variable indoor temperatures. The noise level is usually quiet or moderate. In certain assignments, an employee may occasionally work near moving equipment and be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, airborne fumes and loud, prolonged noise (hearing protection required when using power tools).


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

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