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VFX Artist

Division: id Software | Department: Art | Location: Richardson , TX, US

id Software, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is seeking a talented  VFX Artist to join our team in making AAA games.

Candidates should have experience in asset creation (from high resolution and low poly modeling, to UV and texture creation), as well as scene composition, environment construction, and lighting. Applicants should be able to work from concept art and adapt to new and evolving toolsets.


  • Develop, implement, and optimize video game VFX

  • Work with animators and designers to integrate VFX into gameplay mechanics

  • Set dressing of environments and cinematics with VFX

  • Ability to take art direction, maintain a given style across a variety of assets, and to expand that style to fit the requirements of new assets

  • Experience in environment asset creation, scene construction, and lighting

  • Work with guidelines provided by other departments to ensure quality, playability, and performance

  • Manage delivery of project’s environments and assets on schedule

  • Provide schedule estimates for asset production

  • Assess team’s needs in requesting tools to simplify workflow


  • 2 + years minimum industry experience

  • Portfolio that demonstrates special effects within a released game or game engine

  • Solid understanding of rendering techniques, shaders, physics, lighting, etc.

  • Proficiency with 3ds Max, Maya, and/or similar software

  • Ability to adhere to a cohesive aesthetic as set forth by the Art Director

  • Have shipped at least 1 title

  • Breadth of artistic styles

  • Knowledge of architectural styles

  • Demonstrates understanding of optimization

  • Able to quickly understand in-house tools and provide feedback on improving pipelines and tool sets

  • Strong understanding of technical budgets

  • Works in an organized and timely fashion

  • Excellent sense of scale and composition/framing

  • Interest in organizing, training, and mentoring other environment artists

  • Good time management skills and efficient development processes, and the ability to apply those principles towards effectively meeting schedules and deadlines

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Desired Skills

  • Significant contributions to at least 1 AAA shipped game or film

  • Familiarity with the id Software family of engines, tools and material creation

  • Console development experience

  • Passion for gaming, First Person Shooters in particular

  • Experience in organic prop and environment creation

  • Traditional art skills including sketching, illustration, painting, etc.

  • University or equivalent art-related degree

How to Apply

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