Lead 3D Environment Artist (Remote Options) - Toronto, CA

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Posted 16 June 2022
Salary Negotiable
Job type Permanent
Contact NameLiam Hollinshead

Job description

Lead 3D Environment Artist (Remote Options)


Riyo Games - Toronto, CA

Riyo Games are on the lookout for a Lead 3D Environment Artist to join their team!

In this role, you’ll create captivating, 3D stylised environments within an immersive RPG world waiting to be explored. You will be an environment architect, a visual storyteller, and an experience-maker wrapped into one. You know how to modify lighting, play around with composition, and add just the right amount of detail to develop a game space with plenty of personality.

The Lead Environment Artist will work closely with the Creative Director & Art Director to define the game’s art style and work with other leads to execute the game’s vision.

The mission at Riyo Games is to craft retro-infused JRPGs that awaken cherished childhood memories. They’re growing the studio by assembling a dream team of talent from across the globe. Join them on this epic quest to make fun, narrative-rich games in an inclusive, supportive and fun studio environment!

You’ll be working on Threads of Time, a 2.5D JRPG inspired by Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy where you get to travel from the pre-historic era to the end of time! Become part of a veteran team that includes legendary developers who led iconic titles such as Xenoblade Chronicles, Bravely Default, Final Fantasy, Octopath Traveler and more!

As a Lead 3D Environment Artist, you will...

  • Juggle creating 3D environments and assets while organising, planning and leading the environment art team
  • Study, review, validate and supervise the work of Environment Artists to ensure that the environments created respect the artistic vision, meet the needs of the game, including technical requirements, and achieve the required quality
  • Define development opportunities for team members and coach them to achieve these goals
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to other artists on your team, as well as reviews and critiques for external artists
  • Create stylised 3D environments and assets from concept art and descriptions
  • Work closely with Art and Creative Directors to ensure that environments and assets match quality bar and vision for the game
  • Bring life and excitement to the game through your design and implementation of high quality, stylised 3D environments and assets
  • Help establish and maintain both aesthetic quality and technical performance standards (polycount, memory, draw calls, etc.)
  • Build and compose scenes in Unreal Engine, including asset placement and lighting
  • Propose and establish optimised pipelines for improving quality and time of production
  • Collaborate closely with Game Designers to create and adjust environments based on gameplay needs
  • Work closely with game designers to create and adjust environments based on gameplay needs
  • Contribute innovative and original ideas toward the game’s visual identity and development

For this role, you will need...

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in 3D modelling/sculpting/texturing
  • Mastery of stylised environment texturing and workflows
  • Strong familiarity with setting up environments within game engines
  • Excellent proficiency of industry standard DCC applications and procedural texturing tools, such as Maya/3DS Max, Zbrush, Photoshop, Substance Painter and Designer
  • Strong modelling, UV unwrapping, and texturing skills
  • Knowledge of the technical constraints relating to real-time, 3D engines, and level editors
  • Compositional skills and understanding of the fundamentals of art (lighting, composition, colour theory, etc) that are of an advanced level
  • Good sense of asset organisation and adherence to naming conventions
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to take direction well
  • To be comfortable with ambiguity and able to drive towards clarity to deliver work on time
  • Shipped at least 1 game title
  • A love of JRPGs

Bonus points if you have...

  • Familiarity with Unreal Engine
  • Residency in  Ontario, Canada or willingness to move there


Just some of the benefits of working with Riyo Games include...

  • 4 weeks paid vacation (1 week of which is taken in late December)
  • Collaborative environment with opportunities to contribute to the game’s creative design and take ownership of features
  • Competitive salary and benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Opportunities to help you strengthen your skills or learn something new
  • Workplace that appreciates and values diversity and inclusivity

Interested? Want to know more? 

Get in touch with Liam at +44 (0)1709 834 777 now or email liam.hollinshead@aswift.com now!