Sr. Environment Artist

Insomniac Games
Burbank, CA, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

Insomniac Games is looking for a Senior Environment Artist. Someone that can help lead the way and still produce amazing work in their own right. A person who sets an example to the production team by the creation of art assets, professional conduct, and can implement new production methods to improve performance and efficiency. This artist will act as a liaison with the tools department, and also builds environment art assets themselves.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Builds environment art assets and locations with an eye for composition and details requiring minimal oversight and delivered on time and at quality
  • Maintains consistent aesthetic and technical quality in all environments
  • Maintains consistent style under the direction of the Art Director and Lead Environment Artist
  • Works closely with level designers to Greymesh levels that work for design and gameplay and follow the aesthetic and technical guidelines set by the Lead
  • Works closely with the tools department to implement new production methods
  • Participates in the planning of project environments
  • Organizes Greymesh assets for Outsourcing and maintains communication with the outsourcing team
  • Works with internal pipeline to Imposter distant assets
  • Documents pipelines/processes to improve efficiency
  • Other duties may be assigned

Responsible for overseeing and/or creating the following environment art components:

  • Design roughs
  • Visual prototype levels
  • Technology test levels
  • Greymesh Geometry
  • Medium detail (asset) geometry
  • High detail (normal map generation) geometry
  • Instance composition and layout
  • Textures
  • Surfaces/Materials
  • Collision
  • Adhering to gameplay metrics
  • Zone/Region setup and implementation
  • Level optimization (including memory, GPU frame cost, CPU frame cost, disk size, streaming etc.)

Additional Production Responsibilities:

  • Tool proposals
  • Tool beta testing
  • Assigning bugs and verifying bug fixes
  • Working with concept/polish team to ensure proper production quality
  • Shader writing when necessary

This position assists with the training of environment art team members and assists with problem solving for new technology. Schedules and guides a small team of environment artists. Mentors more junior staff and interns.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Fifth year college or university program certificate; or five to seven years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Expert understanding of Maya (or Max), Photoshop, Z-brush or equivalent.
  • Expert understanding of generating normal maps from high poly models.
  • Proficient in texture creation with Photoshop, Substance Designer, or equivalent.
  • Advanced understanding of node based shader networks.
  • Advanced understanding of at least one current gen level editor.
  • Understanding of source control via Perforce or equivalent.
  • Understanding of Microsoft Office Suite.

Other Skills: Excellent foundations skills, including composition, design, and color theory. Strong traditional painting skills Ability to create models and shaders for a range of art directions, from photorealistic to stylized. Ability to meet deadlines under tight schedules. Willingness to receive direction and work closely with a team. Must play games or understand the goal of a level design.

If this sounds like the role for you - please use the link below to submit your application. Thanks!

Skills & Requirements

Education and/or Experience:

  • Fifth year college or university program certificate; or five to seven years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Expert understanding of Maya (or Max), Photoshop, Z-brush or equivalent.
  • Expert understanding of generating normal maps from high poly models.
  • Proficient in texture creation with Photoshop, Substance Designer, or equivalent.
  • Advanced understanding of node based shader networks.
  • Advanced understanding of at least one current gen level editor.
  • Understanding of source control via Perforce or equivalent.
  • Understanding of Microsoft Office Suite.

Other Skills: Excellent foundations skills, including composition, design, and color theory. Strong traditional painting skills Ability to create models and shaders for a range of art directions, from photorealistic to stylized. Ability to meet deadlines under tight schedules. Willingness to receive direction and work closely with a team. Must play games or understand the goal of a level design.

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

About the Company

Founded in 1994, Insomniac Games is an independent videogame developer that has released acclaimed hits for consoles, virtual reality, PC, mobile devices and browser, selling nearly 50 million video games along the way. We created the Ratchet & Clank franchise, which has won numerous awards, as well as the first three Spyro the Dragon games. Beyond Ratchet and Spyro, Insomniac Games is the team behind Resistance, Sunset Overdrive and more! We’re currently hard at work on our own AAA-take on Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4. We are based in beautiful Burbank, CA where the sun shines just about every day of the year, and have also expanded east with a studio in Durham, North Carolina. Today, the company has grown to more than 275 hard-working, creative individuals, but we still hold onto the feel of a small indie developer, and the kitchen to prove it. And when it comes to treating our employees right- it’s no mistake that Insomniac Games has won 18 Best Workplace Awards. Our employees gave their feedback, and their input on the company is what took us the distance! We value our employees, as we are only as strong as the people who work with us! So how about becoming a part of this amazing, collaborative team? Sound like a plan? Check us out at www.insomniac.games, we look forward to hearing from you