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Art Director Magic R&D

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How would you like to help Magic: the Gathering create incredible new worlds and work with the best fantasy illustrators alive to make every Magic card worthy of an award?

Magic: the Gathering, the world’s first and premier Trading Card Game is hiring a new Art Director!

Are you…

  • An experienced visual creative with deep engagement in fantasy art and pop culture?
  • Looking to work with other high-talent, high-experience creatives that share your passions?
  • Excited by being able to work directly with top illustrative talent and to discover emerging artists?
  • Well-versed in translating others’ feedback into executable communication for other artists?
  • Someone who prides themselves on executing superior work through collaboration?
  • Experienced with working within an established brand/IP while constantly looking to grow the brand’s visual expression within current models, as well as into new realms?
  • Comfortable with switching gears between creative concepts while maintaining a high standard of excellence?
  • Passionate about Magic: The Gathering (or will become so) and want to be a part of the Magic: The Gathering creative team?


In Magic R&D, we believe diversity of experience is fundamental to creating broadly accessible and fun Magic experiences and games for *all* of our players. We encourage everyone to consider being a part of our team.


The successful candidate must embody the Magic R&D principles:

o We are stewards of Magic.

o We are passionate about Magic.

o We believe Magic makes a difference.

o We focus on growing Magic’s audience.

o We believe in discovery, surprise, and strategy.

o We listen.

o We improve.

o We collaborate.

o We debate.

o We are inclusive and respectful.

o We expect greatness.



  • Commissioning a high volume of artwork: identifying freelance illustrators for each piece, providing continuous direction on individual pieces, and maintaining solid relationships with those partners.
  • Leading in-house and external illustrators in creating concept art assets.
  • Presenting creative direction and providing constructive feedback in meetings and stand-up critiques.
  • Providing visual direction for internal/external presentations and videos with both R&D and Marketing teams.
  • Providing direction for graphic designers on card frame treatments and individual graphic elements.
  • Reviewing print-ready files to ensure final card quality.
  • Participating in brainstorms on future Magic creative expressions.
  • Clearly communicating visual storytelling needs to internal and external illustrators (both written and verbally).
  • Staying abreast of cultural trends to create resonant work.
  • Finding, retaining and developing illustration talent via book reviews, concept pushes, conventions, etc.
  • Switching gears between varying creative concepts while maintaining a high standard of excellence.
  • Synthesizing game mechanics, brand knowledge and R&D Creative goals into concise direction.


Skills Required:

  • Commercial art experience
  • A portfolio demonstrating strong creative vision with a cinematic lens.
  • Understanding of Magic as both a game and a brand.
  • Worldbuilding/character design experience.
  • Knowledge of current fantasy illustration market/talent.
  • Knowledge of modern print/press techniques and processes.
  • Comfortable giving and receiving feedback.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate ownership over both conceptual worldbuilding and commissioned work.
  • Ability to synthesize game mechanics, brand knowledge and creative goals into concise direction.
  • High skill in Adobe Photoshop


Skills Preferred but Not Required:

  • Experience as a commissioning Art Director/Art Producer.
  • Studies or training in Concept Art, Visual Arts, Illustration, or related subjects.
  • Proficiency in other Adobe Creative Suite products (InDesign, Illustrator) and MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)