Senior Lighting Artist (Photorealism)

Redmond, WA, USA
Job type: Contract

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Job Description

*Shipped AAA titles required*

*Stylized or science fiction/fantasy based lighting samples will not qualify - photorealism only*


Senior Lighting Artist

Senior Lighter is an important role that requires a deep understanding of foundational lighting concepts, real-time rendering pipelines and content creation methods. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Lighting Supervisor to help deliver the lighting vision of the game
  • Support all fundamental core lighting needs for all teams
  • Carry lighting of environment spaces through from pre-production to final polish
  • Help to manage and ensure the integrity of lighting on all assets
  • Capably troubleshoot and solve lighting production issues
  • Strive to maximize art production performance and predictability
  • Keeps abreast of industry trends and techniques, evaluating competitive products, and continually learning new software packages.

Skills & Requirements


  • A strong portfolio that showcases an understanding of light, color, value, and artful composition. 
  • Has shipped a AAA title as a Senior Artist on current generation hardware. 3 or more published titles would be a plus.
  • Carries a fundamental understanding of the physical principals of light and their interactions with object surfaces and other participating media such as atmospherics.
  • Proficient with a variety of lighting production pipelines, tools, and systems associated with real-time game lighting. Capable of creating and optimizing high frame rate content with real-time performance in mind.

     -    Specific expertise with 3DS Max, V-Ray, and IES profiles is desired

  • Supports the content creation of skybox world environment lighting, dynamic weather systems, and maintaining lighting probes for precomputed light transfer and image-based lighting. 
  • Exhibits a high level of enthusiasm for studying and analyzing lighting models from other media such as film, illustration, photography, and real-life observation.
  • Demonstrates a strong technical aptitude for real-time rendering, offline rendering, physically-based lighting, HDR, color grading, post processing, scripting, and procedural effects. 
  • Demonstrates strong time management and prioritization skills. Capable of ensuring that assignments are progressing on schedule with key milestones and overall project goals in mind.
  • A self-starter who can capably problem-solve the common daily production challenges that arise on the project without the direct daily supervision of the Lighting Supervisor.

How to Apply

Please send portfolios/reels to Jack at

About the Company

Aquent offers a broad range of staffing services to help global companies add technical expertise to their marketing and creative departments, increase the bandwidth of their in-house teams, and achieve higher quality creative work. To learn more about Aquent's full range of services please visit