Lead Character Artist

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

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Job Description

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


  • 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

Skills & Requirements


  • 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, an 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 outsourcing vendors and internal teams
  • Familiarity with the Magic: The Gathering IP preferred

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply


  • 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

Apply now!

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.

Cryptic Studios is on a mission to develop fun and challenging online games like no one else. Our passionate team brings the magic of innovative gameplay to life. We play what we love and love what we do. Are you with us? 

Apply now at: www.Crypticstudios.com or reach out to our recruiter directly at lorenzo@crypticstudios.com">Plorenzo@crypticstudios.com - PEARL LORENZO 

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
  • Great Health Insurance & Perks
  • Company social events 
  • Professional support 
  • Recognition 
  • Pet-Friendly