Career as an Illustrator


Summary

An Illustrator is an artist who creates two-dimensional images/ for various companies and industries, such as fashion design, children's books, magazines, medical manuals, web sites, technical designs and advertising. The illustrator will use various techniques to create effects, like the simplicity of black and white, the richness of colour, or the use of light and shadows.

Typically, an illustrator will choose to specialize in a certain industry according to their talents and work as a freelancer. Illustrators generally work as artists-for-hire, creating drawings and diagrams to accompany and support both print and digital media products. Training to become an illustrator varies widely and can range from self-taught to an undergraduate or graduate degree, but the most important requirement for job seekers is a great portfolio of work that showcases their talents and abilities. If he or she excels in sketching clothing, becoming a fashion illustrator is a natural fit. If animals, foliage or earth formations are a strength, becoming a scientific illustrator would be a fit. Being a medical illustrator would require a talent in drawing human organs or the schematics of the human body or surgical procedures. An illustrator can also work for an advertising company, drawing images/ for labels, advertising materials or packaging. New illustrations are always needed for wrapping paper, greeting cards, books, magazine covers and advertising.

An illustrator will usually begin by sketching out a draft of the images/ they want to make. Once they have an idea of the quantity and the general outline of the whole project, they begin working on drawing each illustration. Illustrators can work from pencil and paper or digitally on the computer. They can choose the medium that works best for their style and their client’s needs. Every illustrator has excellent drawing skills so that they can produce all kinds of images/ and designs.

Work Environment

Most illustrators set their own working hours depending on their workload and deadlines they have to meet. They typically work from a studio or out of their own homes. Some of their time may be spent meeting with clients to discuss assignments, though in some cases, their meetings can be done via email or phone calls.

Entry Level Education

  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Fine Arts
  • Portfolio to demonstrate Artist's skills and Special talents.

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