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2D Character Animator / Creative

The Role

We're looking for a mid-weight 2D character animator obsessed with crafting character and story.

Someone who can breathe life into every character that crosses their path, can develop ambitious, dynamic animatics and who thrives on working with new aesthetics for each and every project. 

They'll have a creative mind and experienced hands — someone eager to contribute to every stage of the process; from storyboards to final render. They’ll also have exceptional taste in illustration and design, always at the cutting edge of contemporary trends. 

Their intimate knowledge of at least a couple of the most popular animation tools (TV Paint, Animate, Toon Boom) is just one aspect of a technical mind, one that understands intimately the pipeline beyond their own role. 

Who We Are

Art&Graft is an independent team of talented & ambitious creative minds crafting distinctive visual campaigns for the world’s most progressive brands, including Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon & Virgin Media.

We believe in the power of collaboration and work closely with brands and in-house creative teams all around the globe from our east London studio. 

Through our weekly Spark Sessions and creative Masterclasses we create space for every member of our team to develop new skills, try new things and work on studio projects around commercial ones.

We’re looking for an amazing 3D artist to join our team of multidisciplinary creatives.

Our Ethos / Benefits

Working at Art&Graft offers the opportunity to make a real impact on a growing company with a great culture. Working with us, you can expect:

  • Remote working — we currently work together in the studio on Mon - Weds each week. You can then choose to work remotely for the rest of the week, but the studio remains open if you’d prefer to work there.

  • Flexible working hours — we value a healthy work-life balance that accommodates people’s different needs.

  • Company pension scheme.

  • Weekly team Spark Sessions; an opportunity to work on self-initiated creative projects.

  • Regular team Masterclasses to help you learn and develop new skills.

  • Team outings and fun days.

  • Friendly, open and welcoming company culture.

We are committed to creating a truly inclusive culture to not only make Art&Graft a better place to work but to foster an environment where everyone experiences a sense of belonging. 

We're looking for someone who'll be keen to work with us in creating a space that is welcoming, safe and equitable for all. We actively encourage and welcome applicants from all backgrounds. You will need to have the right to work in the UK.

Who You Are

  • Passionate about design, illustration and animation; tenacious in doing the best job for the client

  • A focused attention to detail 

  • At least 3 years experience in the industry 

  • Top notch 2D character animation skills 

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills; comfortable at justifying position 

  • A strong desire to keep up-to-date with emerging technologies, animation techniques and multi-media software packages and communicate this with the creative team 

  • Good team worker 

  • Able to lead others to get the job done 

  • Good self-organisation and time management 

  • Can cope with the pressure of working on multiple projects with conflicting requirements 

What You’ll Do

  • A lead character animation role across Art&Graft's creative output.

  • Responsible for pushing forward the quality and ambition of character animation for each project they work on 

  • Develop and devise creative solutions that can communicate the client’s messages with the highest visual impact, with an emphasis on 2D character briefs.

  • Work in conjunction with the Creative Director to achieve the delivery of effective character-led creative solutions. 

  • Offer the technical support to the Creative Director to help realise a specific creative approach (technique & pipeline). 

  • Collaborate effectively with other creatives, in-house and freelance, to achieve highest standards in Art&Graft's creative output.  

  • Lead, support and work with Art&Graft’s creative and production team to generate ideas for pitching and proposals. 

  • Inspire, lead and nurture the team around you.

Further Info

  • Salary — negotiable dependent on experience 
  • Full-time, permanent
  • Reporting to — Stephen Middleton, Creative Director at Art&Graft
  • Location — Shoreditch, London UK
  • Application deadline — 26/08/22
  • Start date — ASAP

Applications by email only to jobs@artandgraft.com, titled '2D Character Animator / Creative'.

No agencies or recruitment please.