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Art Lead - Unreal Engine/Environment Art

Phoenix, Arizona
$125,000 - $150,000 yearly
Job ID #72993

Our client, a Video Game Studio, is seeking an Art Lead to join the team! 

Game Type:

  • Work on a top-down isometric view game that falls within the open-world puzzle genre.
  • Utilize your extensive experience with Unreal Engine, with a preference for expertise in Environment Art.
  • A unique design aesthetic, blending stylized mythical elements into real word realism.

Problem Solving:

  • Address game design challenges related to landscape navigation, especially in the absence of compasses, and other open-world game issues.
  • Contribute to the creation of non-linear player experiences that captivate our audience.
  • Ensure strict adherence to our established production pipeline.
  • Foster open communication and trust within the team, using tools like Trello.

Management Responsibilities:

  • Lead, mentor, and direct a team of 4+ talented artists to achieve the highest quality art for the game.


  • Proficiency in Unreal Engine.
  • Strong background in Environment Art, with a preference for stylized design.
  • Knowledge of Blueprints within Unreal Engine.
  • Proven experience in managing teams, with a preference for those who come from smaller game development companies.

Work Breakdown:

  • 70% of your role will focus on management and mentorship.
  • 30% will be dedicated to hands-on art production and contributing to the game's visual direction.
  • Required skills and experience:
  • Maya / 3DSMax / Blender (some sort of generally used modelling package) Most people at Eline use Maya, so a very slight preference for Maya but any other modelling package works totally fine, they are easily swappable and interface well.)
  • Unreal Engine (4 works, 5 is preferable)
  • Substance Painter (texturing software, industry standard and Eline's preferred texturing toolset)
  • Photoshop (it's photoshop. If you don't know how to use it how did you get here)
  • Zbrush (sculpting / high poly & organic workflow software)
  • Substance Designer (procedural texturing toolset. Building custom textures)
  • Marmoset Toolbag (3 or 4. Baking and lossless high-quality high to low poly maps

Nice to have skills:

  • Speedtree (which we aren't using currently, but has a lot of pertinent knowledge for organic / foliage production in its usage)
  • WorldEngine (procedural landscape creation toolset)
  • Photogrammetry experience 

Employer Details:

  • Onward Search is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in an employment with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be considered for employment. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • Onward Search offers medical, dental, vision benefits, as well as a 401k program, for all eligible full time temporary assignments.
  • Onward Search is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • Onward Search is a drug-free workplace.
$125,000 - $150,000 yearly
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