Senior Material Artist

San Diego, CA
Full Time

Intrepid Studios is looking for an experienced Senior Material Artist to join our team of talented developers working on the Ashes of Creation MMO franchise! If you are a self-driven, passionate developer, looking for a highly collaborative and creative environment, then this position is for you!


  • Working and collaborating as part of the environment art team to create engaging and appealing environment textures and materials for our upcoming Ashes of Creation MMO franchise
  • Create AAA game environment quality assets and textures in line with the project's visual aesthetic and technical direction (references, documents, project meetings, etc.)
  • Create physically based Materials/Textures for use with props, environments, and characters
  • Integrate assets and textures created into the game engine’s pipeline, as well as using the in-game engine tools to support these assets in production (Material Editor, Asset Composer, Texture Compression Settings, Performance Tools, etc)
  • Verify the quality of their work once imported into the game, and make improvements when necessary
  • Assist in material library creation and maintaining material pipelines
  • Collaborate with other artists to create and integrate assets into a visually consistent and highly immersive world
  • Match established art styles while helping improve visual direction
  • Use specific project tools and relevant content creation software to achieve best results and meet specified scheduling deadlines
  • Take constructive feedback and integrate those changes effectively
  • Work with environment lead to determine the environment’s assets required based on pre-created concepts, project lead’s direction, design team input, and adjust the work accordingly
  • Understand and apply modern game industry graphic principles
  • Schedule and detail oriented
  • Mentoring team members and providing input to nurture and expand their skills and help them grow within the company
  • Additional duties as assigned


  • 5+ years’ experience creating textures and materials for video games
  • Portfolio demonstrating a wide variety of materials using both procedural and 3d sculpted techniques
  • Portfolio demonstrating tiled textures and 0-1 UV mapped assets. Assets must show strong attention to detail focusing on believability and overall esthetic composition
  • Solid understanding of PBR standards and surface/light interactions
  • Strong foundation knowledge in traditional arts
  • Experience creating 3D art for a game project or title
  • Able to use 3D and/or procedural techniques to create high-quality materials within production timelines
  • Expert knowledge in Substance Designer / Painter / and/or equivalent software
  • Strong knowledge in UE4
  • Strong knowledge of Maya and/or another 3D software package
  • Strong knowledge of Zbrush modeling
  • Solid understanding of color theory and be able to create balanced and appealing color palettes
  • Self-motivated, driven, with excellent communication skills and a team-player attitude
  • A willingness to mentor our growing team of artist 

Additional Considerations (Pluses):

  • Experience leading other artists
  • Shipped 1+ AAA title as a Texture / Material artist
  • Experience using proprietary editors, software and tools
  • Bachelor's degree in Art or a related field

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Portfolio or demo reel demonstrating experience in texturing, and materials for game environments
  • An art test may be required

Interview Overview:

Below you'll find an outline of the interview plan for this role. Please note that while this is what we expect the process to look like; we may ask you for supplemental information or require an additional step before making a final decision.

  • 30 min interview with a member of our Talent Team
  • 30 min interview with the hiring manager
  • Test
  • Panel interviews with several members of the hiring team
  • Final interview with the executive team
  • References calls & a background check

The Legal Bits:

We offer competitive pay based on market standards plus a significant annual bonus structure. The base salary for this role is between $85,000 - $136,000, depending on skills and experience. Individual compensation decisions are based on a number of factors, including experience level, skillset, and balancing internal equity relative to peers at the company. We expect the majority of the candidates who are offered roles at our company to fall throughout the range based on these factors.

We encourage individuals from all backgrounds, including race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, to apply for positions. We are an equal opportunity employer and we're committed to a fair and consistent interview process and employer experience.

About Us:

Founded in 2015, Intrepid Studios is the independent developer and publisher of the upcoming and Most Anticipated MMORPG, Ashes of Creation. Based in beautiful Southern California, Intrepid has assembled a veteran AAA team of tremendous talent and experience in the MMORPG industry. The gaming industry can be a turbulent storm of hiring cycles and layoffs. We’ve set out to do something different, to break this cycle and create an independent studio capable of withstanding the chaos of this industry. We’ve brought on-board a team of professionals that hold a diverse set of skills, and who all share a singular goal: making fun games. The studio is designed to be an open place for collaboration and communication, a place that is conducive to team building and success. Our goal is to build a family that will laugh together, play together, succeed together, and stay together.

All posted positions are full-time with generous medical benefit options covered 100% by employer for employees and dependents plus paid vacation & sick days, and 401k with matching. 

We're proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Intrepid Studios will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Applicants of all ages, identities, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Intrepid Studios will provide reasonable accommodation to employees who have protected disabilities consistent with local law.

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Note to Recruiters and Placement Agencies: We do not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Unsolicited resumes received will be considered our property and will be processed accordingly.


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