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Austin, Texas - United States
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Materials Artist (Retro Studios)


Retro Studios 
Founded in 1998, Retro Studios is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo Company, Ltd.  Retro is a state-of-the-art game development studio, working in conjunction with Nintendo to bring award-winning games to Nintendo's cutting-edge next-generation platforms.  Retro Studios is located in beautiful Austin, Texas. With rolling hills, scenic waterways, abundant wildlife, vibrant music and film scenes, and a laid-back cosmopolitan culture, Austin is a dynamic city with an excellent quality of life.  Austin's sunny weather also supports a great range of outdoor activities, providing plenty of venues for top-notch game developers to recharge and unwind.
Announced by Nintendo in January 2019, Retro Studios is currently in the midst of developing Metroid Prime 4 for the Nintendo Switch.



  • Collaborates with art leadership and art teams to establish, organize and maintain our material library across all game content.
  • Creates high quality physically based materials using Substance Designer/Painter to establish visual targets and support art efforts across all game content.
  • Establishes organized material workflows in Substance Designer/ Painter. Collaborates in implementing and maintaining material pipelines.
  • Collaborates with other artists to build and integrate assets into visually consistent, high quality, and optimized environment art.
  • Anticipates and identifies production challenges to leads and Technical Directors.
  • Researches new tools and techniques to create more efficient and visually appealing environments.
  • Works with technical artist to develop advanced shader and material sets
  • Creates environment assets and scenes while considering hardware and design limitations and overall art vision of the project
  • Creates documentation supporting techniques and process and encourages the sharing of knowledge and ideas
  • Mentors less experienced members of the team

*This job description outlines primary duties and requirements and is not intended to identify all tasks that may be performed; individuals occupying the position may be required to perform other duties.  The company may modify job duties from time to time, either in practice or in writing.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in AAA game development or credit on at least one AAA title as material artist.
  • Expert skills in Substance Designer/Painter
  • Solid understanding of PBR rendering and the interaction between materials and lighting
  • Portfolio demonstrating a wide variety of tiled and one-to-one materials created using both procedural and 3d sculpted techniques and showing attention to detail, plausibility and an aesthetic eye
  • Prior knowledge and experience crafting 3D environment assets and scenes demonstrating:
    • Solid understanding of color theory and experience creating balanced color palettes with strong appeal
    • Good sense of form, volume, structure, and silhouette
    • Strong understanding of composition and balance
    • Solid understanding of efficient low poly mesh techniques
    • Strong UV layout techniques
    • Understanding of Texel density, memory limitations, etc.
  • Ability to follow concept/reference and ability to work with wide range of styles with minimal concept and direction.
  • Experience with high poly sculpting and modeling software such as Z-Brush & Maya
  • Experience with 2D image creation software such as Photoshop, Painter, 3D coat, etc.
  • Experience with world editors and level construction software
  • Excellent communication/collaboration skills.
  • Able to manage and organize work in order to meet deadlines.
  • Fluid and eager problem solver
Retro Studios is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a welcoming and inclusive environment in service to one another, our products, the diverse consumers we represent, and the communities we call home. We do all of this with kindness, empathy and respect for each other.

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