Added by on 2013-05-10

Cryptic Studios Recruiting Senior Character Artist, Senior Environment Artist & Staff VFX Artist
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Senior Character Artist

Cryptic Studios is looking for a talented Senior Character Artist with the ability to consistently create compelling and aesthetically pleasing characters and creatures in any given style while adhering to polygon and console memory budget constraints. As a character artist, you will be creating high-quality 3D art assets using Photoshop and 3D Studio Max. A character artist at Cryptic Studios must understand the importance and role of character and creature art with respect to overall game play, player flow, environmental immersion, navigation and travel/movement ability.

Located in Northern California in Los Gatos, we create the fun, focused and casual atmosphere of a small developer. We actively balance our work with the personal lives of our employees. At Cryptic, we only hire the best and most talented people who love the work, the genre and the game.

Every day you could be:
Realizing the overall artistic vision of characters/creatures based on designs, concepts or descriptions.
Working in a team environment developing NextGen titles for console and PC.
Using 3D Studio Max, Photoshop and proprietary software to create Next Gen art assets.
Creating and troubleshooting art assets (basic to intermediate level of complexity).
Finding internal and external references for in-game assets.
Attending art reviews and team meetings.

What we’d like to see:
3-7 years in game development.
3-9 game titles shipped.
Ability to take direction from the lead artist.
Ability to give direction to other artists.
4-6 years experience with 3D Studio Max, Maya, XSI or other 3D software with a focus on character modeling.
4-6 years experience with Photoshop in a Windows-based environment.
A demonstrated ability to consistently create compelling and aesthetically pleasing characters and creatures in any given style while adhering to polygon and console memory budget constraints.
Knowledge of color, lighting and composition.
Skill at modeling characters/creatures with or without concepts/designs, and display good modeling techniques and practices.
Strong understanding character development, anatomical proportions, and physiology.
Strong portfolio, demo reel or web site demonstrating high quality art renderings.

Your Portfolio should contain:
A minimum of 15 pieces of 3D art showing wire frame and texture maps if applying for a modeling position.
All work shown must be in a final state, work in progress is only acceptable if the minimum amount of pieces have been satisfied.
All work should reflect the position that you are applying for.

Apply here:- http://crypticstudios.com/careers/apply
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Senior Environment Artist

Cryptic Studios is looking for a talented Senior Environment Artist with the ability to consistently create compelling and aesthetically pleasing environments in any given style while adhering to polygon and console memory budget constraints. Join the Cryptic team to create and innovate next-gen visuals for console and PC games. We supply the proprietary game engine and tools, you bring your understanding of the role of environmental art with respect to overall game play, player flow, environmental immersion, navigation and travel/movement ability.
Located in Northern California in Los Gatos, we offer the fun, focused and casual atmosphere of a small developer. We actively balance our work with the personal lives of our employees. At Cryptic, we only hire the best and most talented people who love the work, the genre and the game.

Every day you could be:
Working in a team environment developing next-gen titles for console and PC.
Offering high level support and artistic vision to a small group of artists on an ongoing basis.
Independently researching and developing best-case scenarios for art asset development.
Dictating art style and vision within the specific disciplines to lead artists and development directors.
Using 3D Studio Max, Photoshop and proprietary software to create next-gen art assets.

What we’d like to see:
Experience using proprietary editors, software and tools
Skill at modeling supporting assets with or without concepts and designs.
Good modeling techniques and practices.
Solid, efficient UV unwrapping and mapping skills.
The ability to create custom materials and all associated maps (bump, normal, parallax, spec, etc.) for new or existing assets.
3 to 7 years in game development.
3 to 9 game titles shipped.
A strong portfolio, demo reel or Web site that demonstrates high quality art renderings.
4 to 6 years of Photoshop experience in a Windows-based environment.
Ability to work within a style, including a style set by another artist.
4-year degree is recommended.

Apply here:- http://crypticstudios.com/careers/apply
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Staff VFX Artist

Cryptic is looking for a full time in house Staff VFX Artist. A Visual FX artist: half magician and half demolitionist. If you like to watch things blow up, or use smoke and mirrors to dazzle and impress, we have a place where you can channel your fascination for pyrotechnics and illusions. Join the Cryptic team to create and innovate in real-time Next-Gen visual effects for PC. We supply the proprietary game engine and tools, and you bring your talent for writing and editing VFX scripts. Add a dash of Photoshop, and pinch of 3DSMax, and ignite the fireworks for character powers and weapons, explosive objects and environments. Armed with your knowledge of animation, physics, and rendering, you will conjure sprites and particle systems, soft body and cloth effects, and rigid-body dynamics. What are you waiting for? Get on stage with an all-star cast of designers, engineers, and artists to produce that next blockbuster show!

Located in Northern California in Los Gatos, we create the fun, focused and casual atmosphere of a small developer. We actively balance our work with the personal lives of our employees. At Cryptic, we only hire the best and most talented people who love the work, the genre and the game.

What we’d like to see:

• 3 or more years in game development
• 3 or more game titles shipped
• Strong portfolio
• 4 or more years of Photoshop in a Windows based environment
• Experience supporting and managing a small team or work group
• Ability to communicate art style and vision within the specific discipline
• Ability to work within a style
• Understanding of techniques for graphical effects, such as multi-pass textures and shaders, character skinning, skeletal animation, HRD, etc.
• Adept at troubleshooting art assets
• Traditional art foundation including color theory, lighting, and form.
• 4 year degree recommended

Apply here: http://crypticstudios.com/careers/apply
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