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Company Name:
Insomniac Games
Burbank, California
United States
Job Type:
Visual Arts
Position type:
Full Time
Xbox One
Experience Level:
Mid-Senior Level
Bachelor's Degree

FX Artist

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Create, design and implement real-time particle effects using both static and animating 2D/3D elements
  • Place effects throughout levels and cinematics
  • Paint particle and decal textures
  • Create simulations for gameplay elements
  • Create FX shaders with node-based shader networks
  • Create FX textures (color, normal, specular, ambient occlusion, height, and incandescent maps.)
  • Optimize FX for framerate and memory.
  • Collaborate with other departments to ensure that FX are implemented appropriately in the game engine.
  • Work with Art Director to maintain FX art direction for game.
  • Self-directed and ability to work independently: Understands and adds to the overall art style of game.
  • Orchestrates complex FX events involving layering and timing of different FX to create a believable scene.
  • Experiment with and/or evaluate techniques and/or art programs to improve efficiency, workflow, or visuals in game.
  • Prototype effect concepts for gameplay and engine
  • Help guide further development of internal effects editing tools
  • Other duties may be assigned

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university; or two to four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proficient in Maya, competent working with joints and locators, keyframing, rigid body simulations, hard surface modeling, and UV mapping.  
  • Proficient in Photoshop for painting and editing textures.
  • Proficient with node-based shader networks.
  • Knowledge of other visual effects software a plus.

Other key skills: Good people skills, collaborative attitude, and good observation skills and ability to use reference materials. Ability to work independently. Proficient Animation and timing skills.  Solid traditional arts background a plus.

 If this sounds like you – then we want to hear from you!  Please use the link below and apply directly to the spot! Thanks! ,