Artist: Character Surfacing & Materials

Apr 18, 2024
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
... Not specified
... Intermediate
Full time
... Office work

At Rockstar Games, we create world-class entertainment experiences.

A career at Rockstar Games is about being part of a team working on some of the most creatively rewarding and ambitious projects to be found in any entertainment medium. You would be welcomed to a dedicated and inclusive environment where you can learn, and collaborate with some of the most talented people in the industry.

Rockstar North is on the lookout for a talented Character Surfacing & Material Artist who has a passion for texture and material creation. This is a full-time permanent position based out of Rockstar’s unique game development studio in the heart of Edinburgh.


  • We use a creative eye and technical skill to bring the game world to life, creating high quality, physically based materials to help create a pleasing and coherent world. 
  • We collaborate in the creation of a material library, presets and realistic surfacing and are involved with multiple art departments to achieve this goal.


  • Create photorealistic materials and surfaces using source textures and runtime shaders. 
  • Assist different art team on specific tasks. 
  • Maintain a balance between visual quality and technical consistency for real time game applications. 
  • Keep artistic style consistent with defined visual style for the game. 
  • Participate in R&D of new techniques to implement into the production pipeline.


  • Must provide a portfolio through a webpage or other digital media to be considered. 
  • Sound knowledge and use of texturing techniques in the video game or VFX industries. 
  • Demonstrable experience with Substance Designer, Substance Painter, 3DS Max and Photoshop. 


  • Good understanding of physically based materials and real time engines. 
  • Experience in photorealistic texture creation with Substance Designer, Painter and Photoshop. 
  • Experience of asset creation (tile and baked assets).


Please note that these are desirable skills and are not required to apply for the position.

  • Interest in real time shader creation and lighting. 


Please apply with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the skills above. If we would like to move forward with your application, a Rockstar recruiter will reach out to you to explain next steps and guide you through the process.

Rockstar is committed to creating a work environment that promotes equal opportunity, dignity and respect. In line with this commitment, Rockstar will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants with disabilities during the recruitment process in order for such applicants to be considered for the position for which they are applying, as well as to qualified employees to enable them to perform the essential functions of their roles. If you need more information about Rockstar’s reasonable accommodation policies or process, or need to request an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Department. 

If you’ve got the right skills for the job, we want to hear from you. We encourage applications from all suitable candidates regardless of age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief, race, or any other protected category.