Lead Character Artist
Cryptic Studios
 Los Gatos, CA
Cryptic Studios is seeking a talented and experienced Lead Character Artist for our upcoming Magic: The Gathering MMO! 

**Every day you could be:**

* Leading, managing and mentoring a talented team of character artists
* Providing prompt, accurate feedback to Cryptic’s outsource team and external partners
* Actively managing the performance and growth of the character team through 1-1’s, performance reviews and feedback
* Partnering with production to organize, schedule, and manage the character team’s efforts and output
* Collaborating with the art director, artists, designers, and other disciplines to create engaging, inspiring and appealing characters, monsters, costumes and weapons
* Iterating on game assets with fellow artists via paint overs, studies and group critiques
* Driving and maintaining high visual and technical quality for character models
* Developing and maintaining pipelines for internal and external work, creating clear process documentation, visual development materials and style guides

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

* 5+ years console or PC game development experience, with one or more shipped titles as Lead Character Artist
* Proven ability to build and manage teams, assess performance, provide leadership and creatively solve problems
* Strong creative vision, excellent eye for artistic quality and solid knowledge of PBR workflows and current gen game development techniques and technologies
* Solid understanding of anatomy as well as fundamental visual design principles including color, composition, form, shape, structure, silhouette, scale, surface properties and lighting
* Excellent communication skills and ability to clearly articulate aesthetic ideas, techniques and processes to a diverse team
* Expert level proficiency with 3Ds Max, ZBrush or equivalent 3Ds software
* Expert level proficiency creating textures and materials with Substance Painter or equivalent software
* Calm, positive and professional attitude while working with others under multiple deadlines
* BA or BS degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience


* Experience with and willingness to learn new/proprietary tools, techniques and workflows
* Experience working seamlessly with outsource vendors and internal teams
* Familiarity with the Magic: The Gathering IP preferred

**Required Application Materials:**

* Resume and cover letter
* Portfolio or demo reel demonstrating strong ability sculpt, model and texture high quality characters, weapons, armor, etc.
* An art test may be required
**What Cryptic Offers:**
* An onsite fun tight-knit  team in Los Gatos, California 
* Full-Time role with Performance Bonus
* Vacation, Paid Holiday  & Paid Time off
* Health Insurance & Perks
* Company social events 
* Professional support 
* Recognition 
* Pet-Friendly