Concept Artist & Character Designer

Calabasas, CA

(Remote OK)

We are looking for an Concept Artist / Character Designer (contract or full time) to join our team and help build exciting products with a dynamic team of musicians, technologists, engineers, marketers, and gamers in an open and fun work environment in Calabasas, California. Your main focus would be on bringing life to a suite of products in the form of character concepting and design. This would range from character ideation and concept drawings to full turnarounds, expression sheets, lineups, and bringing these characters to life in various situations and scenarios. Our award-winning app Ditty has explosive growth and you will be part of building new and innovative features for our groundbreaking product roadmap.


  • Bring music and personalities to life through character illustrations that delight and capture a vibe
  • Working within the constraints established by our development frameworks
  • Communicating your vision through storyboarding and rapid sketching
  • Establish complete models for new characters and stay on model when bringing existing characters into scenarios
  • Turn concept art into refined turnarounds
  • Create expression sheets for a variety of characters
  • Ensure that character assets are of the highest artistic quality and uphold the integrity of the product line
  • Explore a wide range of stylistic approaches to character styling
  • Consistently translate a defined style to new characters that are apart of the same world

Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong communication skills and excels at working in a highly collaborative team atmosphere.
  • Strong art portfolio exhibiting exceptional skills in a variety of both realistic and 2d animation art styles, as well as a demonstrated understanding of human and animal anatomy
  • An exceptional understanding of human and creature anatomy and a keen eye for form, shape, structure, and silhouette with regards to modeling
  • An exceptional eye for lighting, shade, color, and detail
  • A wealth of stylistic approaches and an eagerness to try new things in order to discover more
  • Expertise in Photoshop as well as traditional painting and rendering techniques
  • Has experience taking designs from initial inception through to their final execution.
  • Capable of working in an established art style
  • Strong sketching ability
  • The ability to excel within defined constraints to find the best achievable solution

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2+ Years of professional experience  
  • BFA/BA in either illustration, Graphic Design, or Communication Design is preferred
  • Expertise in the use of Illustrator and perfecting a form
  • Experience working with animators as apart of a larger production pipeline
  • Familiarity with after effects and how to design for that final step
  • Experience designing an emoji pack of your own
  • A passion for emojis, stickers, and pictorial communication in general


  • Competitive salary
  • Employee equity program
  • Medical, Dental and Vision benefits are offered
  • Paid time off
  • Free snacks and beverages
  • Virtual Training classes in career advancement
  • ADP Discounts program



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About Zya

Zya empowers anyone to express themselves through music. The company’s proprietary music technology is backed by 44 awarded and 30 pending patents.

Zya is led by Matt Serletic, former Chairman & CEO of Virgin Records and a Grammy-award winning producer/songwriter and independent label owner. Zya’s backers include venture capital firms 500 Startups and Shea Ventures.

About Zya