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Environment Art Lead

Epic Games

Epic Games

Cary, NC, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2024


At the core of Epic’s success are talented, passionate people. Epic prides itself on creating a collaborative, welcoming, and creative environment. Whether it’s building award-winning games or crafting engine technology that enables others to make visually stunning interactive experiences, we’re always innovating.

Being Epic means being a part of a team that continually strives to do right by our community and users. We’re constantly innovating to raise the bar of engine and game development.


What We Do

Push your artistic talent to the limit on a team of world-class environment, character and concept artists who strive to innovate and inspire.

What You'll Do

Epic is looking for an experienced Environment Art Lead to work on projects under the Fortnite IP. The Environment Art Lead will lead and collaborate cross-discipline to help create, evolve and maintain the environment art direction. This person will have a balance of technical capability, creative thinking, and a strong ability to lead a team in developing content for our various biomes, POIs, and thematic prop sets. Working closely with the Environment Art Director, you will help drive the seasonal art direction by reviewing the team’s work and providing clear and actionable feedback. By interfacing with other art leads, design leads, and producers, you’ll ensure delivery of an immersive player experience.

In this role, you will

  • Be highly creative - imagine and help drive the environment art direction forward
  • Work with Discipline Leads and Outsource partners to facilitate engaging player experiences
  • Understand the latest toolsets to create performant assets at the highest of quality
  • Work closely with Principal and Senior Artists to maintain and evolve our pipeline
  • Maintain a healthy team by identifying team needs and addressing them by working with other team Leads, Production, HR, IT, and facilitating team growth by working closely with Recruiting
  • Understand the high-level goals of the Environment Art Direction; and represent art direction when necessary in meetings and discussions
  • Assist the Art Director with rounds of feedback in both 2D and 3D assets to streamline the work process across all disciplines

What we're looking for

  • Strong understanding of Environment Art best practices for game development, including modular architecture and prop creation, developing immersive biomes, to create environments that feel fresh and have mass appeal
  • Creative brainstorming to ideate and further drive seasonal direction through pre-production
  • Experience working with Designers around core game loops
  • Desire to grow your leadership skills
  • Experience shipping games on multiple platforms, including mobile. Strong understanding of performance and optimization trade-offs to achieve the best quality, for all our players
  • Deep knowledge of latest toolsets, including but not limited to various 3D modeling packages, Substance Painter and Designer, Unreal Engine, and Marmoset Toolbag
  • Strong understanding of art fundamentals, including lighting, color theory, and composition, to deliver clear and readable spaces to our player base
  • Experience as a Lead overseeing an entire development team, including providing effective and actionable feedback for our internal artists, level designers, and outsourcing contractors, in both 2D and 3D
  • Strong collaborative nature to partner with Art Directors and other Discipline leads
  • A low ego, inclusive, and collaborative mindset who can rally a team around a set goal
  • Core understanding of what makes for an engaging player experience


Our intent is to cover all things that are medically necessary and improve the quality of life. We pay 100% of the premiums for both you and your dependents. Our coverage includes Medical, Dental, a Vision HRA, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance & a 401k with competitive match. We also offer a robust mental well-being program through Modern Health, which provides free therapy and coaching for employees & dependents. Throughout the year we celebrate our employees with events and company-wide paid breaks. We offer unlimited PTO and sick time and recognize individuals for 7 years of employment with a paid sabbatical.


Epic Games spans across 19 countries with 55 studios and 4,500+ employees globally. For over 25 years, we’ve been making award-winning games and engine technology that empowers others to make visually stunning games and 3D content that bring environments to life like never before. Epic’s award-winning Unreal Engine technology not only provides game developers the ability to build high-fidelity, interactive experiences for PC, console, mobile, and VR, it is also a tool being embraced by content creators across a variety of industries such as media and entertainment, automotive, and architectural design. As we continue to build our Engine technology and develop remarkable games, we strive to build teams of world-class talent.

Like what you hear? Come be a part of something Epic!

Epic Games deeply values diverse teams and an inclusive work culture, and we are proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. Learn more about our Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy here.

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