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Senior Environment-Materials Artist

PlayStation, San Diego, CA

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Senior Environment-Materials Artist

San Diego

Sony PlayStation’s Visual Arts Services Group (VASG) on our San Diego campus provides world-class content, development and services to Worldwide Studios. We offer a full-service production studio with an emphasis in art and animation, as well as previsualization, cinematics, character creation, motion capture, software development, and face/body scanning, tracking and solving.

As Senior Environment-Materials Artist, you will be required to work with the Art Department and Cinematic Group to supervise and have the ability to create both in-game and in-game cinematic quality environments and props within a range of styles. The focus will be on environmental art pieces and set dressing. Ability to create environments from both detailed concepts and a single photograph is required. A big plus is the ability to take and provide direction from concepts or rough direction to final model/texture.

Become a part of the Visual Arts Services Group, a multi-award winning team responsible for the cinematic performances in premier Sony PlayStation franchises like Uncharted, The Last of Us, Killzone, and other iconic series. Our team is always at the cutting edge of technology and partners with the industry’s best minds and companies: Naughty Dog, Santa Monica Studios, Guerrilla Games, Japan Studios, and other Sony PlayStation first-party studios. This is your opportunity to work closely with game and film industry professionals from all over the world and under one roof!  

Responsibilities:

  • Create realistic game-ready physically based materials to project specifications.
  • Build and maintain internal PBR material library. Assist with maintaining technical and quality standards.
  • Collaborate with production artists on creating materials for in-game use.
  • Create organized material workflows in Substance Designer and Painter.
  • Problem solve production challenges with creative solutions.
  • Ability to document production workflows and mentor production artists.
  • Evaluate scope estimates to ensure material assets are in line with project schedules.
  • Work with Environment Lead to revise and respond based on feedback for both aesthetic and functional purposes

Requirements:

  • At least 5 years' experience as an Environment Artist, with at least 2 shipped AAA titles
  • Strong understanding of PBR materials and workflows.
  • Expert knowledge of Substance Designer and Painter workflows.
  • History of strong understanding of game development with a focus on materials.
  • Ability to work in new game engines and add material assets to game engine.
  • Expert knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and High Resolution Texture baking.
  • Ability to unwrap UVs for texturing meshes and lightmaps in Autodesk Maya.
  • Experience optimizing games for performance and memory.
  • An advanced understanding of in-game and in-game cinematic art asset creation

Pluses:

  • Shader authoring a plus
  • Photogrammetry experience a plus
  • Experience working with external outsource vendors

Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, legally protected physical or mental disability, covered veteran status, status in the U.S. uniformed services, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, genetic information or membership in any other legally protected category. 

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