Founding Artist (2D)

Magic Circle
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Posted
April 24, 2022
Full Time
California
Remote

Do you care about relationships + games?

Hey there! I’m Avi, founder of Magic Circle Studio. I started this company to pioneer a new generation of more intimate games. Games that help us nurture the relationships that matter in our lives.

This is a "let’s find the magic together" kind of role. To me, games are magic when they bring us closer to people we care about — by helping us express ourselves, laugh out loud, and spend time together well.

As we build towards this new category of games, we’ll jam, iterate, prototype, and polish. If that sounds like your kind of fun, read on!

We’ll count on you to

  • Create a unique, fun, approachable visual identity for our games
  • Direct art to enable us to experiment boldly and rapidly
  • Create 2D game art assets, from concept through final shipping assets
  • Contribute ideas across all aspects of game design and production

Your impact

Within 1 month you’ll…

  • Create and ship new art assets for Truffle Hogs, our first game, as a means of getting ramped up
  • Participate in a game jam for game #2 (a game about drawing — I have some rough ideas about how it might work, and I’m excited to brainstorm & build with you!)
  • Explore possible directions and begin developing the art for game #2 by supporting the creation of playable prototypes — mood boards, assets, sketching, etc.

3 months

  • Create production-fidelity art assets for game #2
  • Iterate on the style and art assets of game #2 based on internal and external playtesting, and your evolving sense of what the game should be

6 months

  • Begin wrapping up work for game 2, and moving on to game 3, leveraging everything you’ve learned so far. What will game 3 be? No idea, but it’s gonna be fun figuring it out!
  • Contribute ideas across all aspects of our games’ design and production. (If you think something isn’t quite right, tell us, even if it’s not “your department”.)

3 years

  • Evolve our visual identity from individual games and art styles to a cohesive, unique, beloved gaming brand
  • Shape our studio’s culture, leaving your mark not only on our games but how we make them

What about art style?

There’s no specific art style that is required for this role. We’re aiming to ship several smaller games per year, and expect the art styles will vary and evolve with each game as we experiment and learn what works best.

Truffle Hogs, our first game, has a fun, cute, colorful top-down 2D look, which you can see below. That said, future games might look quite different than Truffle Hogs!

The important thing is that the art looks appealing, approachable, and fun!

Skills you’ll need

  • Experience creating 2D game assets in a variety of styles/aesthetics
  • Experience integrating your art into games/engines, particularly Unity
  • Kindness in giving and receiving feedback

Even better if you’re

  • Located in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Experienced with 2D animation or willing to learn
  • Excited to share your process with the world, on TikTok/YouTube/Twitter

What we offer

  • Competitive salary
  • Stock options
  • Health insurance (medical, dental, vision)
  • Paid vacation, holidays, and sick days
  • Flexible working hours and locations

Interested?

Hooray! Let’s talk. Email me at avi@magiccircle.studio with the subject line "Artist"

Please include:

  • A link to your portfolio
  • Why are you interested in joining?
  • Why do you like games?

Magic Circle Studio, Inc. is committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or membership in any other legally protected category.

If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.

Also, we welcome notes in your application about your pronouns, e.g., she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs.

Oh, and one more thing:

You don’t need to match every single listed expectation to apply. We know that innovation comes from diverse perspectives, and are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

Thanks for reading!

— Avi (CEO & Founder)

About Us

Magic Circle is pioneering a new generation of games that nourish relationships. To us, the magic of games is their ability to bring us closer to the people we care about.

We are creating games that help people bond through cooperation, creativity, and silliness, where each player can let their personality and sense of humor shine. These games are spaces that help us express ourselves, laugh out loud, and spend time well by playing together.

Relationships are precious, and we take our mission to nourish them seriously. We’re assembling a talented, inclusive, and collaborative team that reflects our deep belief that games are for everyone.

If you are an ambitious and kind self-starter with strong empathy for your teammates and players alike, we want to talk to you.

About Truffle Hogs

Truffle Hogs is a free-to-play, mobile multiplayer game where you can hang out and play with friends. Search for buried truffles—or steal them from other players! Decorate your treehouse, unlock cool hats, or just run around emoting.

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