Artist Applications - Open!
Role Description & Responsibilities
A site artist has access to a variety of art-related tasks consisting of different levels of creative input from the artist. Coat and item creation will form the bulk of an artist’s work. Periodically, an artist will have an opportunity to create other, miscellaneous site art and graphics as needed during events and activities. Some art tasks allow for artistic freedom—for example, designing an Out of the Shadows set is usually done by the artist who claims the slot. Other art tasks have more specifications—for example, an artist may take a custom order with a mock-up attached, and the artist strives to make the custom to those specifications.
An ideal candidate will be flexible, self-motivated, and willing to collaborate with the team to meet artistic goals. Creation of event, seasonal, and queue related work will have hard deadlines which will need to be met. In addition to artistic ability, effective time management will be a valued skill in a potential candidate.
General Expectations & Requirements
Listed below are our expectations for a Mycena Cave artist:
Incentives & Drawbacks
Before you apply, be sure to ask yourself why you want to be a part of the Mycena Cave team. While Mycena Cave is a fun hobby for many of you thinking about applying, it’s important to realize that joining the staff team would lead to a dramatic change in the way you interact with the site and community, making it much more like a job — and as with any job, there are both positives and negatives to consider.
***You can review the content of the application below. Applications can be filled out and sent to Mycenangelo.***
[h4]Art Portfolio[/h4] (insert a link to your portfolio, or links to individual images, or insert the images here) Code for link: [url=link goes here]Portfolio or image link[/url] Code for image: [img]image link here[/img] [h4]Application Questions[/h4] [ol][li][b]Username and name you'd like us to use (if different than or an abbreviation of your username)[/b]: [li][b]Pronouns[/b]: [li][b]Are you at least 18 years of age?[/b]: [li][b]What country/timezone are you living in?[/b]: [li][b]What is the easiest way to contact you outside of Mycena Cave?[/b]: [li][b]How much time do you spend on Mycena Cave weekly? (Please provide an hourly estimate.)[/b]: [li][b]Tell us about your current responsibilities offline. Are you balancing a school or work schedule?[/b]: [li][b]How much time can you dedicate weekly to Mycena Cave, not including recreational use? (Please provide an hourly estimate.)[/b]: [li][b]List any art programs you currently own, and any programs you do not own but have experience with.[/b]: [li][b]Provide your current model of tablet and any additional hardware used for your digital artwork.[/b]: [li][b]Please list any relevant experience you may have, and any associated references. This may include but is not limited to: commissions or freelancing, operating an art shop or adoptables shop, or working as a staff artist or contracted artist elsewhere.[/b]: [li][b]Please list any current art-related engagements. This may include but is not limited to: commissions or freelancing, operating an art shop or adoptables shop, or working as a staff artist or contracted artist elsewhere.[/b]: [li][b]Are you more comfortable working on pieces with specific direction or pieces that permit more artistic freedom?[/b]: [li][b]In which areas (Site coats, custom queue, sprout queue, edit queue, site items*) of Mycena Cave artwork are you most interested as a potential site artist? Please provide as much detail as possible about your areas of possible interest, even if you aren't 100% sure. Artists aren't assigned to any particular area, but we like to have an idea of what the artist is likely to spend their time doing so we can make an informed decision based on areas where we need more help.[/b]: [/ol]
Site coats - Site coats are usually artistic freedom in design. Coats can range from having no edits to heavy edits. Usually an upright and active version needs to be made for each coat. Our biggest need are for Out of the Shadow coats (unedited coats, 1 set/month, usually ineki base) and event coats (edited coats, 3 major events each year with multiple coats released for each). You may enjoy doing site coats if you enjoy artistic freedom, working with a solid deadline, don’t mind making the same design twice, and enjoy seeing your creations released to the community.
Overview of the Application Process
Our process is broken down into several steps: application, questionnaire, order simulation, and interview. The application is open to all, and the questionnaire, order simulation, and interview are through invitation.
Applications are open to anyone who is interested in being considered for the position. The application consists of three parts:
If an application aligns with the qualities Mycena Cave is seeking, the applicant may be invited to fill out an additional questionnaire. The purpose of the questionnaire is to get a chance to ask some deeper questions in order to better gauge team fit before asking an applicant for the larger time commitment of the order simulation.
If an applicant looks to be a good fit with the team, they may be invited to participate in an order simulation. This usually consists of staff making a specific art request from the applicant, which will go through stages of back-and-forth communication including critique and change requests. The art request may vary depending on the current needs of the site, but will commonly consist of creating an ineki mock custom to specifications with a few edits. The purpose of the order simulation is to gain a better grasp on the applicant’s artistic strengths and weaknesses, professionalism, ability to communicate, and ability to implement feedback.
After the order simulation, applicants may be invited to a short, live interview with some of the staff team using a text-based chat. The purpose of the interview is to meet and talk in real time and to ask and answer any remaining questions staff or the applicant have.
Mycena Cave is trying something new and keeping artist applications open at all times. We hope this will provide more flexibility to bring on artists when we need them, make the application process more relaxed, give artists a much bigger window of time to apply, and allow us to bring on new artists more frequently. A downside is that we may receive applications at times when we are not actively seeking new artists, which could result in a delay of any definitive response. As such, when an application is submitted, the following will occur:
Beyond the Application Process
The applicant becomes staff after they’ve made it through the stages of the application process and accept a staff position. Staff initially come on as trial staff before becoming full staff:
Once an applicant has successfully gone through the application process, they are invited to join as trial staff. The purpose of a trial period is to make sure the new artist has support and training after joining, and to ensure that the position is a good fit long term. Trial staff will:
After the trial period has been completed, Myla and glitch will give the artist a final evaluation. If they meet all qualifications and they feel that this role is well suited to them, then the artist will become a full member of the Mycena Cave staff. Full staff are free to pick and choose which art tasks they’d like to do and are required to make a minimum of one art contribution every quarter to stay on as an active member of the team.h
If you have any questions about any part of this process, echo them to Myla.
Can a joint account apply / Can two potential artists file a joint application?
We require that applicants apply as separate individuals. A player from a joint account may apply, but we do require that staff not have joint accounts and so the applicant would need to separate into their own account at the trial artist phase.
Do I need to be an active member of Mycena Cave to apply?
No, though applicants should be willing to make it a part of their routine since we expect staff to log in regularly.
Posted 08/31/21, edited 09/01/21
Best of luck to anyone who applies!
Good luck to everyone applying!