Senior Lighting Artist

by Digital Extremes

Position Type: Full-time
Date Posted: May 27, 2024
Experience: 4 Years
Digital Extremes

Job Description


Are you passionate about creating immersive gaming experiences? Look no further! Digital Extremes is seeking a dynamic Senior Lighting Artist to join our exceptional art team. As the Senior Lighting Artist, you will collaborate closely with our creative team, including Art Directors and Creative Directors, to set the mood, atmosphere, and tone of our projects through lighting. Your expertise will ensure alignment with project vision and adherence to narrative and production deadlines. Join us in shaping the future of gaming!


  • Understand the game design and artistic direction documents to become familiar with the challenges that will impact game lighting and be able to propose atmosphere and lighting ideas
  • Assist in the design of lighting systems that will support the atmosphere and gameplay effects and highlight the work of the Level Design and Level Art teams
  • In addition to light sources, assist in the placement of lighting specific vfx items and in the management of the lighting portion of the levels
  • Have the artistic director and technical director validate the quality of the lighting and make any changes that are requested
  • Verify and maintain the quality of the lighting from both an artistic and technical standpoint across many levels and multiple projects
  • Be a point of contact for other team members in order to help solve any technical or artistic lighting problems
  • Fix the lighting bugs entered by testers
  • Optimize the lighting, in keeping with the technical limitations of the engine
  • Be involved in the ongoing maintenance of our live and evolving game as it pertains to lighting.
  • Carry out all other related tasks
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


  • College diploma or University degree  in 3D, Game Development, Graphic Arts, Fine Arts or similar field
  • Formal training or as a lighting artist in games or film or experience in a studio photography setting
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in the field of real-time lighting for games and have a high-level understanding of both the artistic and technical guidelines/impacts that lighting can have on a game environment
  • Artistic knowledge of lighting techniques, real-time and pre-rendered.
  • Knowledge of lighting, colour theory and image composition
  • Practical experience using project management software such as Jira, Shotgun, BaseCamp, etc
  • Experience in photography an asset
  • Experience in computer graphics or pre-rendering an asset
  • A portfolio of your own work which demonstrates a diverse range of lighting types and settings and an ability to tell a story through composition, staging, and lighting


  • Previous leadership/management or project management experience in a game development environment


Founded in 1993 by James Schmalz, Digital Extremes ranks as one of the world's top independent video game development studios. Originating with the co-creation of Epic Games' multi-million unit selling Unreal® franchise including Unreal and Unreal Tournament, Digital Extremes went on to develop Dark Sector®, BioShock® for the PlayStation®3, the BioShock 2 multiplayer campaign, and The Darkness® II. The studio has reached its greatest critical and commercial success with the free-to-play action game, Warframe®, boasting a global community of 75 million registered players on PC, PS4™, PS5™, Xbox One™, Xbox Series X/S™, Nintendo Switch™, and iOS™. The studio's most recently announced project is the much anticipated Soulframe®, an open-world action-fantasy MMORPG title that is currently under development.

Digital Extremes is headquartered in London, Ontario, Canada, and is proud to be selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, achieving this recognition for the last ten years in a row.

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Our culture is centered on providing great opportunities to our employees so that everyone feels they are making a meaningful impact. Developing new and existing talent is our long-term focus. We are honored that our work environment has been consistently recognized as one of “Canada’s Top 100 Employers”. We summon you to join our elite team!

The rewards of a career with Digital Extremes include:

  • Competitive salary with potential bonus opportunities
  • Excellent benefits and paid time off
  • Matching RRSP or Simple IRA 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Virtual access to Dialogue or Magellan, our mental wellness and healthcare services app
  • Professional development and career support
  • Work-life balance wellness subsidies
  • Be part of “Giving Back” through a multitude of fundraising venues at DE
  • Employee events and team building exercises

Please note, some benefits may be subject to eligibility for employees.


Digital Extremes is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment process. We thank you for your interest, however, only those candidates selected for the next steps in the hiring process will be contacted.

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