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Heart Machine is a close-knit team with our studio located in Los Angeles and talented team members all across the globe.

As a team, we are all passionate and work incredibly hard, but understand the importance of work-life balance. We like to live our lives, have holidays, and remain healthy throughout a project.

We are committed to creating an inclusive environment where all voices are heard and respected, and folks from underrepresented groups have a place to share their passion and creativity. We believe welcoming different life perspectives is crucial to building better games, scaling our studio sustainably, and improving our understanding of one another.

Job Description

Project(s)

Hyper Light Breaker **Explore open worlds you’ll only see once!

Hyper Light Breaker is a new co-op rogue-lite adventure set in the beloved Hyper Light Drifter universe. Play alone or with friends to explore massive biomes, defeat brutal monsters, create new builds, survive the mysterious Crowns and overthrow the almighty Abyss King.

➕➕ More in the works

Role

As a Storyboard Artist/Character Designer with Heart Machine, you will work with the project leads and directors to create appealing story panel illustrations and character designs. This role requires both strong draftsmanship & illustration as well as design skills.

If you're interested in collaborating with a kind, diverse and extraordinarily talented crew of people and working on the types of projects you dreamt of as a kid, please reach out to us.

Responsibilities

  • Create final story panel images, working from a script, or over rough storyboards

  • Design characters based on existing style and quality standards that seamlessly fit into the established cast

  • Depict a wide range of scenes, from dynamic action sequences to emotional character acting moments, with an understanding of manga/comics shorthand

  • Revise, edit and respond to feedback from directors to meet story and style goals

  • Manage time efficiently and work collaboratively

Qualifications

Technical Skills

  • Excellent draftsmanship and design skills

  • Capable of drawing characters on-model consistently across panels

  • Highly skilled at depicting human/animal anatomy, cloth, and scenery

  • Strong understanding of lighting, form, composition and value structure

  • Highly organized, staying up to date on documentation, file structure, and project pipeline needs

What will set you apart

  • Passion for both visual storytelling and character design

  • Experience creating content for game pipelines

  • Appreciation for Heart Machine IP

  • Great communication, attitude and collaborative mindset

Additional Information

Freelance Gig with Flexible Hours

We will work with you to determine the hours we need and your availability. Up to 40 Hour per week anticipated. Most of our staff maintains in office hours from 9am PST to 6pm PST.

Compensation & Benefits

💲 Pay Hourly pay rate depending on the artist’s level of experience

🌐 Location Flexibility Work remotely or from the studio or Hybrid

⏲️ Freelance Gig with Flexible Hours We will work with you to determine the hours we need and your availability. Up to 40 Hour per week anticipated. Most of our staff maintains in office hours from 9am PST to 6pm PST.