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Environment Artist

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Cryptic Studios is looking for a talented Environment Artist to bring our game worlds to life! You’ll work closely with our concept, environment and design teams to create levels that are both gameplay-oriented and visually stunning.

Located in Northern California in Silicon Valley, we offer the fun, focused and casual atmosphere of a small video game developer. We actively balance our work with the personal lives of our employees. At Cryptic, we only hire the best and most talented people who love making great games.

Every day you could be:

  • Collaborating with artists, designers, and other disciplines to create engaging and appealing gameplay environments for our Magic: The Gathering, Neverwinter or Star Trek Online MMOs
  • Using 3D Studio Max, ZBrush, Substance, Photoshop and our proprietary tools to create next-gen assets, layouts and lighting for both architectural and organic environments
  • Iterating on game assets and environments with fellow artists via paint overs, studies, and group critiques to improve look and gameplay.

What we'd like to see:

  • 3+ years’ experience creating environments for video games
  • Expert level proficiency with 3ds Max, ZBrush, Substance, Photoshop or equivalent 3D and 2D software
  • Demonstrated ability to create high quality work in a broad range of non-realistic styles within technical constraints
  • Experience using proprietary systems, engines and tools
  • Ability to create PBR materials and all associated maps for new or existing assets
  • Strong design instincts and ability to create environments that support and enhance gameplay
  • Artistic ability to visualize entire levels and detail with minimal concept art and direction
  • Strong understanding of color, form, shape, structure, and silhouette
  • Exceptional eye for proportion, scale, surface properties and lighting
  • Self-motivated, humble, excellent communication skills and a team-player attitude
  • BA or BS degree in art or equivalent work experience

Pluses:

  • Solid foundation in traditional art, drawing, painting, illustration and/or concept art
  • Strong technical ability and willingness to learn new tools, techniques and workflows
  • Basic proficiency creating environmental VFX and/or environmental animations
  • Passion for the Dungeons & Dragons, Star Trek and/or Magic: The Gathering franchises preferred

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Portfolio or demo reel demonstrating experience modeling, texturing, and lighting game environments
  • An art test may be required
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