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Company Name:
Pocket Gems
San Francisco, California
United States
Job Type:
Visual Arts
Position type:
Full Time
Android, iOS
Minimum Number Of Professional Titles:
Experience Level:
Mid-Senior Level
Bachelor's Degree

Lead Artist

Pocket Gems (www.pocketgems.com), a mobile entertainment company started by two engineers, is continuously breaking new ground by building graphically rich mobile games, developing fun new genres of mobile entertainment, and creating innovative technologies. Profitable since launch in 2009, the company has grown to over 175 employees with offices in San Francisco and New York. Pocket Gems’ games have been downloaded over 150 million times by players around the world. 

As our new Lead Artist you will be responsible for the overall look and feel of our latest 3D hit.   

While working with our Game Designers and the game’s Lead Programmer, you will help devise the game’s visual style and direction after concept. The great part is, this type of game, and style - is going to be new to all of us here at Pocket Gems!

More importantly, you will be producing much of the initial artwork, in addition to setting the creative and technical standards.

Lastly, who will help put together and lead a team of artists that will produce the bulk of the art assets for the game (including environments, characters, objects and effects)!

Are you read to go next level in mobile, because we want you to take us there!


  • An avid and passionate gamer across multiple platforms.
  • At least 4+ years working in gaming with credit on at least one shipped title. (Console or PC)
  • Has trained and led a team of artists.
  • Has worked on special effects. 
  • Must have worked with lighting in real-time game engines
  • Expert level knowledge of 3D Studio MAX. 
  • Able to troubleshoot and smartly correct other artists’ scenes and rigs.
  • Able to follow and adapt to stylistic guidelines set by the Lead.
  • Strong organizational and file management skills desired.



  • A BFA, MFA, art degree, or equivalent experience as a 3D Artist.


Portfolio demonstrating:

  • Strong talent for organic modeling and mapping including humans and creatures.
  • Full understanding of the 3D production pipeline from 2D concept to 3D Model through to rigging and animation.
  • Able to competently contribute 2D artwork to fulfill project’s needs.
  • Strong understanding of shape and silhouette in regard to modeling.
  • Strong examples of Real time geometry, shaders, etc.


Pocket Gems offers top-notch benefits, including a Premiere PPO health plan. We cover 100% of the cost of employees’ Medical, Dental and Vision premiums (and 75% of the cost for their dependents), as well as short and long-term disability, and life insurance. We also offer flex spending & dependent care accounts, pre-tax commuter benefits and a 401(k) plan. And most important - free lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks Monday through Friday! Pocket Gems is located in beautiful downtown San Francisco, one block North of the Montgomery Street BART station.