Principal/Lead Technical Artist

Nexon OC
Irvine, CA, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

Job Description:

We’re looking for a motivated and passionate artist who has an expert understanding of the technical aspects of art creation and pipelines for AAA video games. Our ideal candidate will have an in-depth knowledge of game development, enforces best practices amongst the art team, can communicate complex problems clearly between departments and has a strong vision for pushing tools and tech in creative but applicable ways. 


  • Support Art Director in executing on visual direction.
  • Drive the technical aspects of the art pipeline.
  • Lead, inspire, and mentor 3D Artists.
  • Foster and maintain effective relationships inside and outside the art department.
  • Come up with innovative ways to solve problems quickly to unblock other teams.
  • Be a jack of all trades when necessary to generate the largest impact.
  • Build a learning environment and that empowers the team to solve problems.
  • Ensure art team is focused on making art optimized for performance as well as quality.

Skills & Requirements


  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Expert-level knowledge of Python, C#, C++, Mel Script, MaxScript or JavaScript.
  • Experience with 3D Rendering, such as shaders, visual effects, or linear algebra.
  • Solid proficiency with 3D Modeling programs such as Max, Maya, Modo, XSI, ZBrush, etc.
  • Solid knowledge of current and next-gen art techniques as well as fundamental art principles.
  • Ability to contribute to the creation and management of pipelines from various disciplines within the art team.
  • Ability to create smart and efficient tools for artists.
  • Strong understanding of performance and optimization.
  • Shipped title as a Senior Technical Artist.
  • 7+ years of experience in Tech Art
  • Portfolio showing off your work


  • Experience in Unreal Editor 4
  • Shader Authoring Experience
  • Blueprint Experience in Unreal

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

About the Company

About Nexon:

Nexon’s roots are originally in Asia, but is now expanding aggressively into the western gaming market by opening a studio in Orange County California. Our vision is to create high quality and innovative online games that create unforgettable experiences. If you want to be part of building a new game company with a new IP set in a grounded, dark fantasy universe, let’s talk.