Lighting Artist

Roswell, GA | Permanent | Job ID #60512 |
Posted Earlier this month

Experienced Lighting Artist to join our team to develop visually compelling worlds that players will love to explore and play in. The ideal candidate has a strong artistic eye as well as technical ability who looks to cinema and / or your own photography as inspiration for creating highly dramatic atmospheres and a variety of moods through lighting and post process color grading. You will work with a battle-tested team who are looking to push the limits of what is possible in our future titles. We want a passionate artist who looks for creative solutions to development challenges while maintaining a positive, can-do attitude.


  • Create dramatic, awe inspiring, AAA+ quality lighting and atmosphere that fits the Narrative, Gameplay, and mood that we are trying to achieve in both real time and cinematic environments
  • Work closely with the Art Director and Creative Director to help define and establish the overall look and mood of the worlds that we create
  • Provide input and advice on surfaces, shaders, and other image quality issues in order to get the best results from how lighting interacts with the world
  • Work closely with the art team and engineers to find technical solutions to create stunning lighting and maintain performance standards
  • Implement lighting through hand placement and procedural placement tools
  • Adjust scene and character materials to get the most out of the lighting in a scene
  • Manage the performance impacts of the lighting and atmosphere while maintaining the visual quality and art direction
  • Communicate any risks, issues, or concerns for the project to the Art Director as they happen
  • Be self motivated and able to work autonomously if needed
  • Be receptive to and proactive about implementing changes from feedback
  • Participate and provide feedback in playtests for our internal projects
  • Be comfortable advising and providing detailed, actionable feedback to our outside partners as it relates to lighting
  • All other duties as assigned


  • Lighting Artist with 4+ years experience in the games industry
  • At least two shipped titles as a Lighting Artist
  • Expert Knowledge of lighting techniques and PBR lighting methods in both forward and deferred lighting renderers
  • Excellent eye for color, light, and composition, as well as an understanding of how it affects mood and emotion
  • Ability to expertly utilize color grading and post processing
  • Strong understanding of game development workflows
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong UE4 lighting experience. (Dynamic and baked.)
  • Passionate about your craft and focused on constant growth and self-education
  • Knowledge of current techniques and terminology
  • Meet deadlines while maintaining a high level of quality

Bonus points:

  • Knowledge of a 3D Software Package (Blender, Maya, Max, etc.)
  • Knowledge of UE4 Blueprints
  • Ability to create skyboxes from scratch if needed (Photographic HDR acquisition and calibration to final display in-engine)
  • Familiarity with cinematographers in the film industry and their approaches to lighting for movies
  • Keen eye for image composition and exposure in your own photography

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.


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