VFX Artist



Cryptic Studios is looking for exceptionally talented VFX artists to bring real-time, stylized VFX to the characters, creatures, and worlds we’re creating for an exciting new original project. If you create beautiful VFX that dazzle and impress, we have a place for you here at Cryptic Studios.

Every day you could be

  • Envisioning and creating handcrafted, real-time visual effects in Unreal for our newest game in development.
  • Collaborating with artists, designers, and engineers to visualize incredible gameplay and combat powers.
  • Adding life and color to our worlds through atmospherics, unique light sources, and environmental effects.
  • Technically implementing, integrating, troubleshooting, and ensuring the performance of effects in Unreal.
  • Iterating on game assets closely with the art director and other artists via paint overs, studies, and critiques.

What we'd like to see

  • Demonstrated experience and passion for creating real-time visual effects for video games.
  • Extensive understanding of Unreal shaders, Niagara systems, and technical setup inside Unreal.
  • Excellent sense of VFX movement, animation, timing, impact and anticipation.
  • Ability to visualize effects with minimal concept art and create textures and materials from scratch, matching a unique art style.
  • Strong game design awareness and ability to create effects that support and communicate gameplay.
  • Technical aptitude and high level of comfort working in Unreal.
  • Proven ability to create performance-minded visual effects within established budgets.
  • Expert level proficiency with Photoshop and 3ds Max or equivalent 2D and 3D software.
  • Self-motivated, with excellent communication skills and a team-player attitude.
  • BA or BS degree in art or equivalent work experience.


  • Solid foundation in traditional art, drawing, painting, illustration and/or concept art.
  • Proficiency with Houdini and/or other VFX simulation tools.
  • Basic understanding of animation and simple rigging principles
  • Experience using Substance Designer/Painter in a production environment

Required application materials

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Portfolio or demo reel demonstrating consistently brilliant, eye-catching, real-time VFX
  • An art test may be required

Location: Los Gatos, CA

Date posted: 2023-01-04