Concept Artist

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May 5, 2023
Full Time

Hello! We’re Maschinen-Mensch, an independent game studio founded in 2014 in Berlin, Germany. We made Curious Expedition 1 & 2 and Codecks.

We are working on a new game IP set in imaginative caves of an alien world, filled with peculiar creatures & vegetation. We are looking for a Concept Artist who wants to help us bring the game’s world to life by creating concept art for all areas of the game. We are looking for someone who has previous experience working with concept art for games and that enjoys problem-solving, creating new worlds, and likes to work self-sufficiently. We are a small and agile team and you will be working together with the Creative Director, Art Director, and 3D Artists in a creative environment to help develop the artistic style and vision of this imaginative project.



  • Collaborate with Art Director, 3D Artists, and designers to create iterations of concept art in line with the creative vision and art style.
  • Help evolve the art style and visual communication together with the rest of the art team.
  • Work on world-building and come up with imaginative flora and fauna as well as building structures and machine parts.
  • Create production concept art to assist 3D artists and game designers to help evolve ideas and provide artistic input.
  • Give and take feedback and provide paint-overs of assets or levels under production.
  • Use research and reference material to support idea generation.


Your skills:

  • Portfolio examples that show a strong understanding of space, form, color, composition, and light.
  • A portfolio that shows your process and understanding of the design process.
  • Fluency in Photoshop or similar tools and an understanding of complementary software and tools.
  • Able to adjust to new requirements and processes when required, experience working in an iterative, agile environment.
  • Able to visually communicate your ideas and assimilate constructive feedback.
  • Be proactive and self-motivated toward solving creative problems, and work without direct supervision.
  • Fluent in English



  • Knowledge of 3D packages such as Blender
  • Experience or interest in using a game engine
  • Interest in alien worlds


What we offer:

  • A relaxed, family-friendly working environment
  • Being part of a small, diverse, international team
  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days paid yearly vacation
  • The opportunity to work on a brand new game from an early stage


Although working remotely is possible, we’re looking for someone based in Germany, and who’s able to work and be available online during our core hours of operation 10am to 5pm CEST. If you’re based in Berlin (or willing to relocate) that’s definitely a plus, so that we can eventually work together in person. Our studio is located at Saftladen, an indie game collective and co-working space for game developers that we co-founded in 2015.

We particularly encourage applications from women, people with disabilities, people of colour, and other groups that are underrepresented throughout the game industry.


Earliest start date: June 2023


To Apply:

If you are interested in working with us, send us an email with your CV and links to examples of your work.

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Maschinen-Mensch is an independent game studio from Berlin founded in 2014 by Johannes Kristmann and Riad Djemili. We love creating games using a mix of carefully hand-crafted elements and procedural gameplay to create unique experiences for players. Our first game Curious Expedition sold more than 250.000 copies across all platforms.

As a studio we aim to offer opportunities to local artists and creators and strive to be a part of the vivid, wonderful Berlin indie scene through collaborations, events and our shared office space and collective, Saftladen.

Featured Game

Curious Expedition 2 is a narrative roguelike adventure set in a reimagined version of the late 19th Century. Players take on the role of an intrepid explorer on a quest to discover the secrets of mysterious islands appearing out of nowhere. Using a combination of hand-crafted and procedural gameplay and story elements, the game creates completely unique and epic adventures every time you play.

One of our goals for the sequel was to make it more approachable than the first title, without reducing the complexity and depth. We also wanted to explore a different artstyle, inspired by classic Franco-Belgian comics of the 20th century: we think Curious Expedition 2 looks like no other game on the market and we’re really proud about that!

Curious Expedition is a roguelike expedition simulation set in the late 19th century. Together with famous historical personalities, players will venture on unprecedented expeditions to regions never explored before for fame, science and treasures. They will put on their pith helmets and khakis and make their way through a lush, procedurally generated world full of wonder and mystery.

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