Senior Lighting Artist

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Art and Animation
Certain Affinity Inc.
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Senior Lighting Artist

Senior Lighting Artist

Would you like to work on one of the greatest franchises in gaming history? How about more than one? Certain Affinity is an exclusive Austin studio; we are a tightly knit group of experienced industry veterans working at an entirely independent company. We’re best known for co-developing multiple AAA FPS products, but also work on a few projects of our own, and have very interesting new projects in the works.

As a Senior Lighting Artist at Certain Affinity, you will help work within our multi-discipline art team to light the game world as well as create mood and atmosphere that is in keeping with the Art direction of the game using the latest techniques of baked and real-time lighting and post processing. You will be expected to master the engine and tools to maintain a consistently high-quality level while ensuring artistic and technical constraints are respected.


    • Work with the Art Director, Environment Artists, and Level Designers to create lighting for all aspects of the game
    • Create lighting systems, color grading and other post process effect setups that will support the atmosphere and gameplay effects
    • Verify the quality of the lighting once the elements are imported into the game and make any necessary improvements
    • In addition to light sources, set out the selected moods and atmospheres
    • Make choices and communicates them accordingly to reach the expected quality for optimized lighting setups
    • Anticipate and suggests improvements to solve technical issues
    • Communicate with other teams (Level Artists, Level Designer) to ensure that their needs are properly considered
    • Optimize the lighting effects to produce the best possible lighting, in keeping with the technical limitations of the engine and project
    • Create real-time and baked lighting using commercial and proprietary game engines
    • Manage lighting performance and frame rate via optimization tool
    • Lead and direct activities and implementation of lighting and pipeline creation
    • Mentor other artists on technique and process


    • 4+ years’ experience in game industry, specifically lighting environments
    • Must clearly demonstrate the ability to apply a structured artistic approach to lighting form and space
    • Expertise in the use of composition and color
    • Solid artistic knowledge of lighting techniques, real-time and pre-rendering
    • Working knowledge of PBR shaders and workflows
    • Experience with HDR lighting
    • Understanding of the construction and application of materials and shaders
    • Excellent understanding of art pipelines and workflow
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with team members
    • Extensive knowledge of lighting, color and image composition
    • In-depth knowledge of color grading and other post process effects
    • Strong attention to detail
    • Ability to understand technical constraints and to apply them to the assets/setups created
    • Ability to manage their own time and work within deadlines
    • Ability and desire to work in creative and collaborative teams
    • Originality and proactivity when setting out solutions
    • Ability to receive feedback, implement any requested changes and clearly communicate ideas
    • Passion for games and strong game culture

Extra Credit

    • Experience managing, scheduling, critiquing work for multiple artists
    • Shipped one or more AAA titles in the last 3 years
    • Bachelor’s degree in Art or related field
    • Knowledge of photography principals and Post Processing techniques
    • Experience mentoring other artists
Contact Details:
Certain Affinity Inc.
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Contact: Recruitment Team

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