Magic The Gathering - Art

Lead Character Artist

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Cryptic Studios is seeking a talented and experienced Lead Character Artist for our upcoming Magic: The Gathering MMO!    Every day you could be:

  • Leading, managing and mentoring a talented team of character artists
  • Providing prompt, accurate feedback to Cryptic’s outsource team and external partners
  • Actively managing the performance and growth of the character team through 1-1’s, performance reviews and feedback
  • Partnering with production to organize, schedule, and manage the character team’s efforts and output
  • Collaborating with the art director, artists, designers, and other disciplines to create engaging, inspiring and appealing characters, monsters, costumes and weapons
  • Iterating on game assets with fellow artists via paint overs, studies and group critiques
  • Driving and maintaining high visual and technical quality for character models
  • Developing and maintaining pipelines for internal and external work, creating clear process documentation, visual development materials and style guides

What we'd like to see:

  • 5+ years console or PC game development experience, with one or more shipped titles as Lead Character Artist
  • Proven ability to build and manage teams, assess performance, provide leadership and creatively solve problems
  • Strong creative vision, excellent eye for artistic quality and solid knowledge of PBR workflows and current gen game development techniques and technologies
  • Solid understanding of anatomy as well as fundamental visual design principles including color, composition, form, shape, structure, silhouette, scale, surface properties and lighting
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to clearly articulate aesthetic ideas, techniques and processes to a diverse team
  • Expert level proficiency with 3Ds Max, ZBrush or equivalent 3Ds software
  • Expert level proficiency creating textures and materials with Substance Painter or equivalent software
  • Calm, positive and professional attitude while working with others under multiple deadlines
  • BA or BS degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience


  • Experience with and willingness to learn new/proprietary tools, techniques and workflows
  • Experience working seamlessly with outsource vendors and internal teams
  • Familiarity with the Magic: The Gathering IP preferred

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Portfolio or demo reel demonstrating strong ability sculpt, model and texture high quality characters, weapons, armor, etc.
  • An art test may be required

What Cryptic Offers:

  • An onsite fun tight-knit  team in Los Gatos, California 
  • Full-Time role with Performance Bonus
  • Vacation, Paid Holiday  & Paid Time off
  • Health Insurance & Perks
  • Company social events 
  • Professional support 
  • Recognition 
  • Pet-Friendly
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