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Environment Artist - Star Trek Online

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Environment Artist, STO Cryptic Studios is looking for a talented Environment Artist to bring the MMO universe of Star Trek Online to life! Located in Northern California near 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 passionate and talented people who love making great games.

Every day you could be:

  • Collaborating with artists, designers, and other disciplines to create engaging and visually stunning gameplay environments for Star Trek Online
  • Using 3D Studio Max or Maya, ZBrush, Substance, Photoshop and our proprietary tools to create high quality assets, engaging layouts and stunning lighting
  • Creating models and assembling scenes for sci-fi interiors, exteriors, as well as architectural and organic environments
  • Iterating on game assets and environments with fellow artists via paint overs, studies, and group critiques

What we'd like to see:

  • 3+ years’ experience creating real time 3D 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 styles, within technical constraints, using proprietary systems and tools
  • Ability to author PBR materials and all associated maps for new or existing assets
  • Strong world building design instincts and ability to create environments that enhance gameplay
  • Artistic ability to visualize entire levels with minimal concept art and direction
  • Exceptional eye for proportion, scale, and surface properties
  • Strong understanding of color, form, shape, structure, and silhouette
  • Demonstrated ability to create a variety of moods through lighting while maintaining gameplay and performance requirements
  • 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 Star Trek franchise

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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