Visual Effects Artist (Games)
Fully Remote Los Angeles, CA

Who We Are

We are Skybound.

We love creators. We love fans. We love thrilling games, indelible images and moving stories. Our roots are in comics, but our brands extend to video games, television, movies, merchandise, and live experiences. We take special pride in original tales, fresh characters, and diverse voices.

From well-known franchises to freshly-minted originals, we offer the chance to join brilliant creators in shaping a new generation of entertainment in a concentrated, agile environment in which every perspective matters, and any idea can create a breakthrough.


Skybound Game Studios is looking for a Visual Effects Artist to help create memorable visuals on a new, unannounced project, creating spectacular particle effects, stunning decals, and lighting effects in a customized UE5 engine. The Visual Effects Artist will develop new pipelines and collaborate with a team of multi-disciplined artists, engineers, and designers.

As a Visual Effects Artist, you will lead the creation of inspiring effects that help bring one of our major properties to life. You will own the effects process end-to-end, driving visual development, gameplay clarity, and best in class performance in engine. Together we will turn concepts and prototypes into awe inspiring experiences for our players.

Reports: This position will report to the Art Director of Skybound Game Studios

Responsibilities: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate with the art, design, and animation teams to create amazing character and environments visual effects, rich with opportunities for narrative, gameplay, and cinematic action
  • Work across disciplines to ensure your effects conform to performance standards and gameplay requirements
  • Drive new methods and advanced techniques to showcase the combat and destruction of the experience
  • Ensure that assets are optimized for target platforms while retaining artistic integrity
  • Provide estimates, manage time, and hit deadlines to stay on track with set schedules and tasks
  • 3+ years of experience in console or PC games as a VFX artist, with at least one shipped title
  • Artist portfolio demonstrating 1+ years of experience with console games as an VFX Artist, with at least one shipped title
  • Ability to craft stylized visual effects for gameplay that are clear to read and evocative of the action on screen
  • Strong technical skills with the ability to troubleshoot and work efficiently within a game pipeline
  • Understanding of technical limitations in game engines and can execute to quality within those restrictions
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Ability to maintain high quality assets with consistency without continuous supervision
  • Experience with Fume FX, EmberGen, Maya Fluids, Substance Designer, or Houdini

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience building effects in Unreal Engine
  • Familiarity with asset tracking tools like Perforce and JIRA
  • Experience with real-time, physically based lighting
  • Experience creating destruction and damage effects
  • Experience reviewing and providing feedback to internal teams
  • Passion for video game development, combat-oriented games and Skybound IP

Job Type: Regular, Full-Time

Salary Range: $70,000-90,000

  • Actual base salary is dependent on several factors including but not limited to; market dynamics, location and region, experience, specialized skills/training (education), level of responsibility, budgetary considerations, tenure at the company (for current employees), etc.
  • The salary range listed is just one component of the total compensation package for employees
  • Compensation decisions are dependent on circumstances of each role

Skybound offers a wide array of benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending and dependent care accounts, as well as free counseling through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). We also offer a 401K plan with 4% match, 12 weeks of paid parental leave, generous time off, wellness benefits, and tuition reimbursement. This role may also qualify for a possible discretionary bonus annually.

Company Overview

Skybound is a multiplatform content company working closely with creators and their intellectual properties, extending stories and universes to new platforms, including comics, television, film, tabletop and video games, books, digital content, events, and beyond. We are home to critically-acclaimed global franchises, including The Walking Dead and Invincible.

Skybound Games produces, publishes and distributes video and tabletop games across all genres, including the multi-million-unit selling The Walking Dead video game series. In addition to our wholly-owned franchises, we work with independent developers to foster and create original games with compelling characters and worlds, strong creator and artistic focus, and innovative approaches to engaging genres.

Equal Opportunity Employer

At Skybound we value diversity and are looking for extraordinary employees of all backgrounds! Skybound is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, citizenship, age, genetic information, disability, hair texture or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, Skybound complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination.

Skybound will consider applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the CA Fair Chance Act and Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.