Lead Character Artist

Lead Character Artist

Crate Entertainment is seeking an experienced and creatively-driven artist to help produce monsters for our survival horror game and take a leadership role in defining the look of and modeling characters for our fantasy RTS project that is early in development.

While your primary role will be character modeling, there will be opportunities, depending on your interest to get involved in environmental art, props, effects, etc. We’re looking for someone who can not only produce stunning, cleanly designed models but who also has creative vision and character design ideas to contribute.

We are a smaller indie developer but we are well funded thanks to the success of Grim Dawn, which has sold 3m copies and 2m units of DLC. Because we are not reliant upon publishers or investors for funding, we can offer greater job security and a lower stress work environment than most larger developers. We are not beholden to milestone deliverables and believe that as long as we’re working efficiently, the game will be done in however long it takes for us to feel satisfied that it’s ready. By working in smaller teams, we are able to develop big games on a smaller budget and at a slower pace that allows time to add more detail and nuance than exists in many bigger budget titles.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Our studio operates remotely but candidates must be based in the US.


  • Bring creatures and characters through the entire production process, working with designers to define their form and function in rough concepts, them modeling, texturing and iterating as needed.
  • Contribute to the creation of general 3D art assets on various projects as needed.
  • Create assets in accordance with the defined style and performance specifications of the project.
  • Learn the latest tools and technology. Self-critique and ability to seek out and receive feedback for continued self-improvement.


  • 5+ years industry experience with at least one credit on a released PC / Console game.
  • Exceptional ability to create high-quality character art in a semi-realistic style.
  • Highly proficient with 3D Studio Max and /or Maya, ZBrush, Substance Painter, Photoshop.
  • Ability to produce clean, crisp, highly readable textures.
  • Self-driven, able to take critique and a team-player.
  • Experience playing and/or working on RTS or MOBA, with an understanding of the special considerations involved in creating characters for those genres.
  • Ability to produce rough 2d concepts of sufficient quality to communicate character design ideas to designers prior to modelling.

Desired Qualifications

  • Love for RPG and Strategy games.
  • The ability to rig, animate and implement character animations is a big plus.
  • Ability to sketch / create 2D concepts a plus.
  • Experience creating effects
  • Enjoy working in a semi-realistic, detailed art style as seen in our existing games.

Application Materials

Applicants should email a resume and cover letter, including a brief summary of your favorite games and what you’re currently playing to: [email protected]

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