VFX Artist (All Levels)

Cryptic Studios
Los Gatos, CA, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

Cryptic Studios is looking for exceptionally talented VFX Artists to bring real-time sorcery and mayhem to the characters, creatures and world we’re creating in the Magic: The Gathering multiverse. If you like to blow things up and use smoke and mirrors to dazzle and impress, we have a place where you can channel your fascination for pyrotechnics and illusions.


  • Envisioning and creating handcrafted, real-time visual effects for our newest game in development
  • Collaborating with artists, designers and engineers to visualize incredible gameplay and combat powers
  • Adding life and color to our worlds through atmospherics, weather and environmental effects
  • Technically implementing, integrating, troubleshooting and ensuring the performance of effects in our proprietary engine
  • Iterating on game assets with fellow artists via paint overs, studies, and group critiques.
  • Mentor junior Artist

Skills & Requirements


  • Demonstrated experience and passion for creating real-time visual effects for video games
  • Extensive understanding of 3D graphics, shaders, particle systems, physics, ribbons, etc.
  • Excellent sense of VFX movement, animation, timing, impact and anticipation
  • Ability to visualize effects without concept art and create VFX textures and materials from scratch, matching a broad range of styles
  • Strong game design awareness and ability to create effects that support and communicate gameplay
  • Technical aptitude and high level of comfort working with complex, node-based systems, scripts and proprietary tools
  • Proven ability to create performance-minded visual effects within established budgets
  • Expert level proficiency with Photoshop and 3ds Max or equivalent 2D and 3D software
  • Self-motivated, with excellent communication skills and a team-player attitude
  • BA or BS degree in art or equivalent work experience


  • Solid foundation in traditional art, drawing, painting, illustration and/or concept art
  • Proficiency with Houdini and/or other VFX simulation tools
  • Basic understanding of animation and simple rigging
  • Experience using Substance Designer/Painter in a production environment
  • Passion for the Magic: The Gathering franchise


  • Resume and cover letter
  • Portfolio or demo reel demonstrating consistently brilliant, eye-catching, real-time VFX
  • An art test may be required.

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

About the Company

Cryptic Studios is an industry leader in the development of free-to-play massively multiplayer role-playing games on PC and console. We bring popular properties to life with innovative gameplay mechanics, gorgeous graphics, and impressive sound to create an engaging and immersive player experience.


  • A fun tight-knit  team
  • Full-Time role
  • Paid Holiday, Sick Time & Paid Time off
  • Health Insurance & Perks
  • Company social events 
  • Pet-Friendly