Environment Artist

Art United States Eugene, Oregon


Position at Pipeworks Studios

About Us

You may not know us, but you certainly know our clients: Microsoft, Sony, Activision, Square and many others. At Pipeworks, we create innovative, best-selling, cross-platform live games for top-tier publishers and properties. We have been creating hits since 1999, and we are seeking exceptionally talented and entrepreneurial game creators as we lead into the future of digital entertainment.


Position Purpose

The Environment Artist will work closely with the Art Lead to support various projects on their environment design, modeling, and texturing needs within style ranges from cartoony to realistic in an efficient way for each platform. 


Essential Job Functions

  • Create environments for individual projects as needed
  • Investigate and test optimal approaches for each platform that hit the highest quality
  • Understand what the Art Lead requires for the project then research, develop and implement it in engine
  • Research current techniques used and utilize most relevant processes


Required Qualifications

Studies have shown that individuals from gender underrepresented communities and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications in a job description. Our top priority is finding the best candidate for the role and we would encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet every one of the qualifications below.

  • At least 1-2 years experience in a similar role
  • Understanding of Maya and/or Max
  • Unity experience is required, Unreal a plus
  • Ability to create environment textures within tools such as Photoshop/Substance Designer
  • Ability to create or work off of environment concepts that are complete or incomplete.
  • Ability to light a scene based on the design of mood and impact in the game
  • Ability to come up with creative compromises to multiple suggestions
  • Work with design to figure out level flow and how it pertains to environments
  • Understanding of what will be design vs. art
  • Works closely with technical art to develop new or improved techniques to enhance visual quality
  • Ability to keep a clear and consistent schedule
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to provide accurate time estimates for project planning
  • Works with other departments as needed
  • Understanding of bug fixing and investigation
  • Help the art team find answers to difficult problems.
  • Plus: Ability to use Zbrush or Mudbox
  • Plus: Ability to do FX.
  • Plus: Ability to concept environments


Demonstrated Ability To

  • Make strong visually impactful environments and pushing the envelope when needed
  • Work in an organized and self-motivated way
  • Work effectively with other artists and engineers to achieve project goals
  • Solve problems to the benefit of the project/team


Education & Experience Required

Any degree or certification in Art or equivalent work experience.


Materials Required

Candidate should provide portfolio of art that they have created or directed and a resume detailing the projects/studios that they have been a part of. An art test may be required.


Benefits and Perks

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • 401K
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance Policy
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • 17 Paid Holidays in 2022
  • Relocation
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Fitness Club Discounts
  • Annual Company Events
  • Project Wrap Parties


Pipeworks Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Pipeworks Studios recognizes the importance of creating an environment where all our employees feel included and empowered to bring ideas to the table. We value each employee’s unique experiences and perspectives across our company and recognize that it is both the smart and right thing to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization.


By diversifying our workforce, increasing equity, and ensuring that our individual differences are valued, we are better able to deliver an experience that reflects, inspires, and connects with our audience... because games are for everyone!


Pipeworks provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.


Go to Pipeworks.com to see some of our continued efforts and our 2021 Diversity Report.