Technical Artist - Surfacing

ArenaNet, LLC
Bellevue, WA, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

As Surfacing Technical Artist, a material must be believable regardless of artistic direction. You will contribute to the development of surfacing tools, processes and pipelines. Working closely with Artists, you help advance their visual style and improve material creation.


  • Create physically plausible shaders and materials for a wide variety of asset types
  • Collaborate with other Technical Artists to ensure consistent technology and content
  • Collaborate with content creators to improve their efficiency
  • Collaborate with engine and project teams to build features and solve problems
  • Help develop and enforce surfacing processes and technical guidelines through documentation and communication
  • Advance surfacing quality through pursuit and development of improved content creation methods
  • Support artists and communicate their technical needs
  • Troubleshoot shaders, surfacing tools and pipelines

Skills & Requirements

  • 3+ years of experience as a Surfacing Artist
  • Proficiency with 2D and 3D DCC software
  • Experience with physically based rendering tools and philosophy
  • Solid understanding of lighting fundamentals
  • Experience authoring PBR shaders using graph based node editors
  • Experience authoring PRB textures (Substance Painter and Substance Designer preferred)
  • Mature understanding of Python, C#, HLSL or equivalent
  • Self-driven team player that thrives in ambiguity
  • Think creatively to solve technical challenges and limitations
  • Good communication, organization and time management

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

About the Company

We are ArenaNet, a studio making online worlds infused with innovation, handcrafted excellence, and creative passion. Our passion is broadly shared; gamers made Guild Wars 2 the fastest selling MMO game in the West with more than 3 million copies sold in its first 9 months, and players and press have consistently called it one of the best MMOs of all time.

Our studio is built on foundations of excellence with a focus on community. We constantly innovate, unlocking the true potential of online role-playing with game-changing titles like Guild Wars 2 and beyond. The status quo is not good enough for our dedicated worldwide community of players, which is why we question the de facto industry conventions and demand more from ourselves as developers.