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Senior Character Artist

Cryptic Studios
Los Gatos, California
10 months ago


Cryptic Studios is looking for a talented Senior Character Artist with a genuine passion for games! You will work in close collaboration with concept artists, animators, designers, and software engineers to create characters, creatures, costumes, and weapons to be used within the fantastic world of Neverwinter. The ideal candidate understands the aesthetics and technicalities of generating game-ready character art.

**Every day you could be:**

* Collaborating with artists, designers, and engineers to bring visually compelling characters to life

* Sculpting detailed high-poly models, creating efficient game resolution meshes and implementing in-game assets for characters, creatures, weapons, costumes and items

* Creating high quality textures and materials

* Mentor junior Artist

* Using our custom tools to integrate assets, troubleshoot issues and ensure that character art supports gameplay and performance

**What we'd like to see:**

* 5+ years of experience on PC and or console games as a 3D character artist

* Proficiency using 3ds Max, Zbrush and Photoshop (or equivalent 3D and 2D programs)

* Exceptional understanding of human/creature anatomy, color theory, values, form, shape language, silhouette and composition

* Strong knowledge of weapon, fashion and costume design

* Demonstrated ability to work in a broad range of styles, within technical constraints

* Creative problem-solving abilities and willingness to collaborate to find solutions

* Ability to create and use modular costume parts to build characters

* Basic skinning/weighting proficiency

* Experience working within a game engine and being able to troubleshoot issues

* Self-motivated, with excellent communication skills and a team-player attitude

* BA or BS degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience


* Solid foundation in traditional art, drawing, painting, illustration and/or concept art

* Proficiency with Substance Designer/Painter and/or Quixel Suite

* Passion for Dungeons and Dragons preferred

**Required application materials:**

* Resume and cover letter

* Portfolio or demo reel demonstrating relevant artistic/design skills

* An art test may be required

**What Cryptic Offers:**

* A fun tight-knit team

* Full-Time role

* Paid Holiday, Sick Time & Paid Time off

* Health Insurance & Perks

* Company social events

* Recognition

* Pet-Friendly


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