ObEN’s mission is to enable everyone in the world to create their own Personal AI (PAI), intelligent 3D avatars that look, sound, and behave like the individual user. Secured and authenticated on the Project PAI blockchain, ObEN’s technology creates more productive, more personalized digital interactions. ObEN is a K11, Tencent, Softbank Ventures Korea and HTC Vive X portfolio company, and we work with our strategic investors to expand PAI technology across multiple verticals including hospitality, retail, healthcare, and entertainment.

Working at ObEN means taking on extraordinary transformations every day, in an environment that celebrates and encourages innovation. You’ll be working in small, agile teams (including world class researchers in areas of machine learning, NLP, computer vision, speech, and blockchain). We are blazing new trails in AI and blockchain technology, and we encourage and support publications to top conferences and journals. Learn more about working at ObEN in our blog post.

Job Description:

As an Art Director, you will define and deliver ObEN’s vision of providing Personal AI to every person by collaborating with our team of 3D artists, animators, riggers, research scientists, and engineers. You’ll be working on the overall visual design of ObEN’s Personal AI technology by overseeing the entire 3D character production pipeline, including setting up the art style, determine its sculpting, texturing, rigging, animation and high-quality photorealistic rendering. The Art Director will also manage project timelines, delegate work to other artists, manage 3D assets, mentor the development of team members, and ensure high quality of artwork for final delivery.


  • Defining the general direction of the appearance of ObEN’s Personal AI.
  • Oversee and manage the overall production pipeline.
  • Suggest smart and efficient solutions when necessary so as to meet set objectives.
  • Prioritize and assign tasks to team members.
  • Quality assurance of the delivered artwork and ensure that they are produced on time.
  • Suggest smart and efficient solutions when necessary so as to meet set objectives.
  • Model and texture high quality, high and low poly 3D characters depending on target platform.
  • Contribute to any part of the 3D character production pipeline when necessary
  • Ensure quality and consistency of creative elements of ObEN’s Personal AI technology


  • 5-10 years of experience in film or game development work experience.
  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.F.A.) from a four-year college or university or related field.
  • Advanced understanding of Maya, Zbrush, and Photoshop or equivalent.
  • Advanced understanding of generating normal maps from high poly models.
  • Thorough knowledge of Maya and Photoshop and next gen texturing techniques.
  • Strong traditional painting skills in both stylized and photorealistic styles.
  • Strong understanding of human anatomy, muscles, cloth/hair behaviors.
  • Strong drawing, sculpting, and conceptualization skills with an ability to adapt to established styles.
  • Understanding of clean edge flow and best practices for modeling for animation performance.
  • Experience with PBR based shaders for high-quality character rendering.
  • Contribute to any part of the 3D character production pipeline when necessary.


  • Scripting in Maya
  • Scripting in Unity or Unreal
  • Understanding of node based shader networks
  • Ability to write custom shaders
  • Previous experience with photorealistic avatar creation
  • Previous experience with complex and high-fidelity facial rig
  • Previous experience with speech animation
  • Previous experience with motion capture systems
  • Previous experience with art team management

Application Requirements:

Introduction to ObEN:

Please send the following to

  • Detailed resume and/or LinkedIn profile
  • Demo reel of your work. 

130 W Union St Pasadena, California 91103

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ObEN is an artificial intelligence company that creates complete virtual identities for consumers and celebrities in the emerging digital world. ObEN provides Personal AI that simulates a person’s voice, face and personality, enabling never before possible social and virtual interactions. Founded in 2014, ObEN is a Softbank Ventures Korea and HTC Vive X portfolio company and is located at Idealab in Pasadena, California.