Senior Environment Artist

ART Redwood City, California


Description

Crystal Dynamics, a part of the Square-Enix family, is constantly on the hunt for top-tier gaming talent worldwide. We pride ourselves on attracting and developing the best talent available to concept, create, and contribute to the most exciting projects in gaming today. 25+ years of history creating fun and exciting titles for the world to enjoy as well as our studio’s 1000+ years of combined game industry experience provides a rich tapestry of tested and new ideas to draw from has established us as one of the best studios in the world to work for.

Are you looking for an opportunity to leverage your talent for world building with a killer eye for composition, lighting and gameplay consideration? Do you thrive in an environment where you have the ability to work in hard surface, organic, foliage and other types of assets? The great news is that all of these (among many other) opportunities are available here at Crystal Dynamics all with a focus on visual storytelling and artistic fidelity.  Our primary objective is to hire the best talent in the industry and have them do what they love most. Crystal Dynamics’ Art Department has a small boutique-studio feel, where everyone is a key contributor and you can surely make a massive impact.

Join the ranks of an award-winning team in our Redwood City studio, just south of San Francisco. Benefits for this Full-time position include competitive salary, health insurance options to suit all lifestyles, generous paid time-off, as well as other studio and corporate perks, such as a free gym and discounts on games and goodies.

Responsibilities:

  • As a senior artist, contribute to and own the artistic execution of the environments in the game.
  • Guide and mentor members of your team.
  • Shape the experiences and areas of the game from start to finish collaborating with Design, Concept, and Technical Art disciplines.
  • Conceptualize and execute ideas within a schedule, while actively participating in technical and artistic problem solving.
  • Use custom toolsets to deliver environments and assets within the confines of real-time engine constraints.
  • Leadership opportunities and mentorship are readily available to those who are seeking their next big step.

Essential Qualifications:

  • 7-10 years of experience in the game development industry on AAA console titles with at least three shipped titles.
  • Able to showcase a professional, highly realistic portfolio
  • We are seeking artists with experience and specialization in one or more of the following areas:
    • Strong compositional skills with a keen eye for telling a narrative through environmental set dressing and/or lighting.
    • High resolution hard surface modeling in Modo, Blender and/or Zbrush
    • High fidelity, PBR materials and surfaces in Substance Designer/Painter and/or Quixel.
    • Superb understanding of Foliage creation in software such as Speedtree.
  • Maya and photoshop experience is a must.
  • Other plusses include: Houdini, Photogrammetry software
  • Traditional Art backgrounds are a plus

SPECIAL NOTE: ** A portfolio submission is required for this position. Please focus this portfolio on personal contributions to your professional projects. Please include a shot breakdown specifying what you were directly responsible for creating.

Crystal Dynamics is an EOE and M/F/D/V employer.