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ILLUSTRATOR: Creating Characters & New Worlds

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Brian is an Illustrator on freelance jobs, and also works as a Paint Associate at Home Depot. He describes his work in the art field, and his hopes for becoming a full-time animator.

Degree: Fine Arts
Job Title: Illustrator/Paint Associate

Job Summary: Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

Job Description

Craft and fine artists use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. Craft artists create handmade objects, such as pottery, glassware, textiles, or other objects that are designed to be functional. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, create original works of art for their aesthetic value, rather than a functional one.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Some craft and fine artists learn on the job from more experienced artists. Others attend non-credit classes or workshops or take private lessons, which may be offered in artists’ studios or at community colleges, art centers, galleries, museums, or other art-related institutions.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Flexible, Irregular, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Remote, Outdoor, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Creativity, Artistic, Technical skills, People skills, Networking, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

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