Lead Environment Artist

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

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Job Description

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

Cryptic Studios is looking for an experienced Environment Art Lead to bring the world of our upcoming Magic and Neverwinter!  

If you are looking to work on creative MMO game development projects with Cryptic Studios to deliver a quality experience to the players. You are looking at the right place!  Apply at https://crypticstudios.com/careers 

Lead Environment Artist: 

Cryptic Studios is looking for (an) experienced Environment Art Lead to bring the world of our upcoming Magic and Neverwinter!   You’ll work closely with the concept, environment and design teams to create environments that are both gameplay-oriented and visually stunning.

 Every day you could be:  

  • Collaborating with artists, designers, and other disciplines to create engaging and appealing gameplay environments for our upcoming 
  • Using 3D Studio Max, ZBrush, Substance, Photoshop and our proprietary tools to create next-gen assets, layouts, and lighting for both architectural and organic environments
  • Iterating on game assets and environments with fellow artists via paint overs, studies, and group critiques to improve visuals and gameplay
  • Working closely with producers and other discipline leads to coordinate and manage team and project schedules

Skills & Requirements

What we'd like to see: 

  • 5+ years console or PC game development experience, with one or more shipped titles as Lead Environment Artist
  • Ability to build and manage teams, assess performance, provide leadership and creatively solve problems
  • Strong creative vision, an excellent eye for artistic quality and deep knowledge of current techniques and technologies used to achieve specific visual targets
  • Experience working collaboratively with cross-disciplinary teams to envision, plan, schedule, execute and optimize game environments that support and enhance gameplay
  • Ability to successfully articulate and provide timely, actionable visual feedback to a large team of artists
  • Solid understanding of fundamental visual design principles including color, composition, form, shape, structure, silhouette, scale, surface properties, and lighting
  • Expert level proficiency with 3ds Max, ZBrush, Substance, Photoshop or equivalent 3D and 2D software
  • Strong knowledge of PBR material authoring software and ability to create all associated maps for new or existing assets
  • Calm, positive and professional attitude while working with others under multiple deadlines
  • BA or BS degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply


  • Solid foundation in traditional art, drawing, painting, illustration and/or concept art
  • Experience working seamlessly with outsourcing vendors and internal teams
  • Strong technical ability and willingness to learn new tools, techniques, and workflows
  • Basic proficiency creating environmental VFX and/or environmental animations
  • Resume and cover letter
  • Portfolio or demo reel demonstrating experience modeling, texturing, and lighting game environments

In addition: 

  • An art test may be required
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States

Apply now at https://crypticstudios.com/careers 

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?