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Senior Environment Artist - Gaming

Remote | Austin, TX
Permanent | Job ID #69025 | Posted Last Month

Onward Play is searching for a Senior Environment Artist to join our clients team! As a Senior Environment Artist, you'll be sculpting organic assets, arrange and build levels for the gameplay space. You'll be responsible for creating materials and focus on enhancing the gameplay space through interesting Lighting techniques that hit the visual target.


  • Skilled at leading the players eye, utilizing visual hierarchies and strong instinct on where to let the player’s eye rest
  • Knowledgeable in a wide variety of architectural styles (Vernacular, Romanesque, Googie etc.)
  • Well versed in Unreal 4, Unreal 5 knowledge a plus
  • Skilled at making environments performant
  • Comfortable in a variety of tools such as Maya or 3DS Max, Z-Brush, Substance etc. Insight for when to use which tool for the desired effect
  • Flexibility with art techniques involving next gen PBR materials to contribute to a unique visual style for environments
  • Partnering with other artists, designers, and tech artists to collaborate on creative solutions to solve complex character pipeline problems to bring these assets to life
  • Solving problems, and you happily adjust to various needs for prototyping early in the development process
  • Have artistic persistence and good time management habits to meet project deadlines defined by the Art Director
  • Collaborate with Internal and external vendors to make sure product goals are fulfilled and working practices are appropriate
  • Use a flexible approach and drive rapid iteration while setting stylistic and visual standards for the animation process in pre-production

Skill Requirements:

  • 8+ years of professional experience in the game/film industry as an Environment Artist focusing on lighting, materials, sculpting organic assets and world building
  • Solid technical background with ability to design and implement systems
  • Experience with physically based shader texture sets and pipelines
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Experienced setting up real time lighting and can recommend strong lighting strategies
  • Practiced in strong color theory
  • Strong Modeling skills in multiple environments
  • UV & texturing skills within multiple techniques
  • World building and level flow informed by player experience and storytelling
  • Must be able to pull all the above into a compelling result that enhances the game for players in an immersive 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.


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