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Principal Technical Artist

Game Development - OC Studio | Irvine, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Principal Technical Artist
Irvine, CA

About Nexon

Nexon is expanding aggressively into the western gaming market by opening a new development studio in Orange County California. We are building a workplace based on mutual respect, good humor, and the pursuit of excellence because we believe that great games can only be built by amazing people. Our vision is to create high quality, innovative online games that create unforgettable experiences for players around the world.

Nexon has an ever expanding worldwide team of over 5,500 employees and boasts a diverse global portfolio. If you want to be part of building an exciting game company and help chart the course of a brand new development studio, let’s talk!

Job Description

We’re looking for a motivated and passionate artist who can contribute AAA artwork to many facets of the art discipline. Our ideal candidate will have an in depth knowledge of game development and be willing to jump on any problem we throw their way.  That could mean anything from sculpting props and armor, lighting a level, paintovers, or tweaking VFX. These may be new challenges, but a willingness to jump in and learn fast is a critical part of this role.  


  • Support Art Director in executing on visual direction
  • Lead, inspire, and mentor 3D Artists
  • Create models, textures, and other benchmark assets that inspire others
  • Foster and maintain effective relationships inside and outside the art department
  • Come up with innovative ways to solve problems quickly to unblock other teams
  • Be a jack of all trades when necessary to generate the largest impact
  • Build a learning environment and that empowers the team to solve problems
  • Work with outsourcing vendors to ensure artistic quality and enforce deliverables
  • Ensure art team is focused on making art optimized for performance as well as quality.


  • Incredible communications and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop
  • Expert-level knowledge of Python, C#, C++, Mel Script, MaxScript or JavaScript
  • Experience with 3D Rendering, such as shaders, visual effects, or linear algebra
  • Solid proficiency with 3D Modeling programs such as Max, Maya, Modo, XSI, ZBrush, etc.
  • Solid knowledge of current and next-gen art techniques as well as fundamental art principles
  • Experience creating materials using Substance Designer or equivalent
  • Shipped title as a Senior artist
  • 7+ years of experience in Tech Art
  • Portfolio showing off your work


  • Experience in Unreal Editor 4
  • Shader Authoring Experience
  • Concept or Illustration Experience
  • Blueprint Experience in Unreal

Materials Required

  • Resume
  • Portfolio
  • Cover Letter optional