Lead 3D Artist

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June 19, 2024
Full Time
United Kingdom

FuturLab is looking to hire an experienced Lead 3D Art generalist who is keen to build beautiful, stylized and unique worlds while nurturing and leading the art team with knowledge using Unity Engine

Working with the Art Director, Lead Designer, Lead Programmer and Producer, you will lead the art team on a new and exciting IP, taking responsibility for ensuring our lovely, warm and soothing game has a unique style and is polished to a high quality.

Lead duties will include problem solving, scoping art tasks and assigning them to the team, discussing implementation with the code team, monitoring progress and future planning with production. You will also need to identify art resources needed and be involved in the recruitment process where necessary.

You need to be happy turning your hand to a wide range of 3D game art production skills, from modeling, texturing, VFX, to lighting, shaders and look dev.

FuturLab are in the unique position of having complete creative and financial control of our own IP. This position is ideal for someone who is keen to have their ideas listened to and will enjoy seeing their own work highly visible within a finished product. It’s important that you are proactive, positive and care about creating high quality and fun experiences as well as ensuring your team are well looked after.


Job Description:

  • Responsible for creating games and bringing them up to the visual target.
  • Serving as a vision holder for the style and Art direction of our games, Has an understanding of the intent of the game design and player experience, with the ability to effectively communicate and guide artists in how to achieve the required results.
  • Providing regular feedback and reviews in a clear and constructive way, ensuring that artwork is of a high quality.
  • Directing the creation of concepts from the concept art team and managing the translation to in-game assets.
  • Working with other departments to develop effective art pipelines.
  • Mentoring less experienced artists and managing outsourcing where required.
  • Working with the Game Director to create unique artistic visuals with style and flair.
  • Working with the Producer to track progress and schedule art tasks.



  • Served as a lead artist in a previous role.
  • Strong experience using Unity.
  • At least 8 years industry experience.
  • Strong artistic fundamentals, with the ability to effectively communicate critique and artistic intent to others.
  • Comfortable with common Game Art tools such as 3DS Max/Blender, Substance Designer/Painter, Zbrush and Photoshop.
  • Lighting, shader, and scene setup knowledge.
  • Ability to effectively itemise tasks and assign realistic time scales to them.
  • Able to take responsibility for delivering the art for the game from both an artistic and organizational standpoint.
  • Ability to inspire, support and guide the art team to produce their best work.
  • Strong communication skills with a friendly, helpful, and positive demeanor.



  • Performance related bonus.
  • Annual salary reviews based on your performance.
  • Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm (No weekends, No overtime, No Crunch!)
  • Opportunity to work from anywhere in the UK!
  • Opportunities to attend and speak at gaming events/conferences.
  • Free game codes, game swag and merchandise.
  • 21 days annual leave + 9 Bank Holidays, which includes our very own FuturLab Bank Holiday!
  • 2 Duvet Days. (No questions asked)
  • Extra day off for your birthday.
  • Studio closure over the Christmas period.
  • Bike2work scheme.
  • Enhanced Maternity & Paternity leave.
  • Enhanced Sick Pay.
  • Enhanced Pension.
  • Private Healthcare.
  • Remote therapy service through Spill.
  • Eye tests & standard glasses for display work.
  • Paid training and volunteer days per year to work on your personal development.
  • Amazing offices with a great culture. E.g. Regular social activities, Free fresh fruit, Free iced treats in the Summer and Free locally roasted, Small Batch Coffee and Speciality Teas!


FuturLab foster an inclusive and welcoming culture, check out the Life at FuturLab page for reasons why you’d love working here! 

If you have the skills, experience and passion for the role then please get in touch as we’d love to hear from you!  


To Apply:

Complete the application form and attach your latest CV and cover letter/portfolio link.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process as required, please add any adjustment requests to your application.    

Candidates without a valid UK work Visa cannot be considered. 


Hi, we're FuturLab! We are an award-winning video game studio based in Brighton, UK. We believe that happy, healthy teams make great games, so we take a people-first, no-crunch approach to development.

We’re best known for our critically acclaimed Velocity series and, of course, our super-soothing hit PowerWash Simulator, which has set us on a path of pioneering games designed to soothe and satisfy.

We’ve been creating unique gaming experiences since 2003. From humble beginnings creating flash games as a two-person outfit to the over 100-strong team we have today, we’ve grown alongside the industry and are proud to be a part of the UK’s gaming heritage.


Why FuturLab?

FuturLab began as an ambitious duo working out of a living room. 20 years and 5 offices later, we’re now a 100-strong, remote-friendly studio with a sunny HQ in Brighton. Whilst we’ve grown in numbers, we’ve tenaciously defended the close-knit, collaborative feeling of a small studio, at the same time, using our successes to invest in new ways to improve the lives of our team, both inside and outside of work.

From art to programming to marketing - and everything in between – FuturLab is home to some of the most talented creatives in the industry. We value skill, humility and kindness – so we’re a friendly bunch too! We look for these same traits in any potential newcomers.

Whether stationed at home or from FuturLab HQ, we all work within the studio hours of 9am-5pm to make collaboration as easy as possible. We are a proud no-crunch studio, so, come 5pm, we down tools and enjoy life outside of work.

Featured Game

Release the Pressure with PowerWash Simulator! Wash away your worries with the soothing sounds of high-pressure water. Fire up your power washer and blast away every speck of dirt and grime you can find, all with the simple satisfaction of power-washing to a sparkling finish.

Peaky Blinders: Mastermind is a puzzle-adventure game, based on the multi-award-winning TV show. Become the Mastermind as you control key characters and pull off perfectly synchronised plans.

Velocity 2X, was launched in 2014 and quickly became our biggest game to date. We won numerous awards for Velocity 2X including Best Arcade Game 2014 (TIGA awards), Vita Game of the year 2014 (GameSpot) and Indie Game of the Year 2014 (TheSixthAxis).

Velocity 2X received over a million downloads on the PlayStation 4 in its first year and, before PowerWash Simulator, it was the game to put FuturLab on the map.

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