Senior FX Artist

Ready At Dawn
Irvine, CA, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

Successful candidates are able to quickly understand custom toolsets and deliver assets within the confines of real-time engine constraints. Experience with scripting and gameplay systems are a major plus. The Senior FX Artist possesses the ability to work both independently and in cooperation with the Art Director, Animators, Cinematic Artists, and Designers in the pursuit of their craft. They will be expected to develop visually stunning in-game FX elements for game environments, characters and cinematics as well as contribute to the development and enhancement of particle effect systems, tools, and pipelines.

Skills & Requirements


  • Fluent knowledge of at least one major 3D package (Maya, Max, Houdini, ect.)
  • Experience working with real-time particle and VFX editors in a game engine (Unreal, Unity, or similar proprietary)
  • Efficient organization and communication skills and ability to prioritize and execute ideas within a schedule
  • Excellent technical and artistic problem solving skills
  • Experience with Photoshop or comparable program
  • Passion for video games
  • An excitement for learning and evolving ones craft

Position Requirements:

  • At least four years of applicable industry experience
  • Portfolio of effects made in real-time engines

Additional Skills (Pluses):

  • Programming experience
  • Scripting and/or visual scripting experience (Unreal’s Blueprints, ect.)
  • Fluid simulation experience with Maya, Houdini or equivalent.
  • Strong texturing and material skills
  • Any other game related art or design experience (modeling, scripting, etc)

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

Please send an email to with your resume and portfolio. Your portfolio should include an exact breakdown of your specific contribution to the material submitted. Please write "Senior FX Artist" in the subject line.

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About the Company

Ready At Dawn is looking for talented and passionate developers to help us push the boundaries of technology, gameplay, art, and story-telling. Our team is growing and we invite you to join one of the preeminent independent video game developers in the world.

The studio is currently in various stages of development on several exciting projects including a new AAA third-person action console title, based on a brand new original IP and the expansion of the award-winning Echo universe for Oculus Rift through our ongoing partnership with Oculus.

Ready At Dawn Studios® was founded in 2003 by senior members of Naughty Dog® and Blizzard Entertainment® with the goal of creating an independent game studio that makes great games within a fun working environment. We have created three of the best-selling and highest reviewed PSP games of all time in Daxter and God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta and have recently finished the visually stunning The Order: 1886 for the PS4 platform. Ready At Dawn’s technological innovations, its reputation for excellence in artistry and design coupled with experience in developing blockbuster franchises ensure the studio will continue to raise player expectations.