Environment Artist

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May 28, 2021
Seattle, WA

Ironwood Studios is a new Seattle based AA game studio composed of experienced developers. We’re looking for an Environment Artist to join our small team to bring places to life in our first unannounced title, a genre-bending, systems-driven 3D game set in a surreal and mysterious world.

As an environment artist on the project, your responsibility will be to art out the spaces and levels that make up our unique world.


  • You enjoy and understand the process of creating strange new environments
  • You are proactive and value open communication between yourself and the disciplines around you
  • You have a positive attitude and are compassionate and respectful to those around you
  • You are excited about the challenge of telling unique and interesting stories with your art


  • Work closely with the lead environment artist
  • Turn ideas/reference/concept art into finished modeled and textured environment assets (manmade, organic, etc)
  • Working in the Unreal Engine 4 editor to populate and build out levels
  • Collaborate with level designers to create spaces that drive players and create dynamic experiences
  • Work with narrative to tell stories with your environments and to convey the themes of the plot.
  • Participate in team brainstorming bringing your ideas and experiences to the table


  • At least 1 shipped title (AAA or AA) as an environment artist (or equivalent experience)
  • Proficient knowledge of  3D environment creation, pipelines, and industry standard software
  • Very strong modeling skills (custom normal workflow, low to high poly)
  • Strong texturing ability, familiarity with PBR workflow and realtime shader use
  • Experience working with Unreal Engine 4 and familiarity with its technical constraints
  • Has an excellent portfolio clearly showing your previous work as an artist
  • Experience working with version control (we use Perforce)
  • A good sense for light, color, and 3D composition


  • Comfortable in small development team settings (less than 25)
  • Familiarity with Houdini & Houdini Engine
  • Demonstrable knowledge of Substance Designer
  • Experience creating 3D art for stylized games


  • 40 hour/week paid contract role (16 months)
  • PST Time zone hours (+/- 3 hours)
  • Remote at start, on-site when it’s safe is preferred (relocation not included)
  • Revenue sharing
  • Opportunity to work on an exciting new IP


If this sounds like you (even if you don't meet EVERY requirement), Ironwood Studios would like to speak with you!

Please send your resume and portfolio (feel free to skip the cover letter!) with the subject line: “Job Rec - Environment Artist” to contact@ironwoodstudios.com.

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Ironwood Studios is a Seattle based game development team made up of experienced developers with a long history in the industry. Driven forward by surreal settings and compelling gameplay that actually tells a story, we’re hard at work on a brand new adventure.

After building a strong foundation we are ramping up and are hard at work producing our premium debut title. Everyone is incredibly excited about what we’re working on, but for now we can’t share any details - that’s for further down the road.

We are currently hiring a Technica/VFX Artist and an Environment Artist. You can view (and share) all of our job openings here.

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