Illustrators provide a visual representation that corresponds to the content of the associated text or idea. Illustrations can help clarify difficult concepts or objects that are hard to describe textually. Illustrators can work for books, magazines, journals, comic books and other publications.
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- Graphic design
The techniques to create a visual representation of ideas and messages.
- Copyright legislation
Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.
- Art history
The history of art and artists, the artistic trends throughout centuries and their contemporary evolutions.
- Intellectual property law
The regulations that govern the set of rights protecting products of the intellect from unlawful infringement.
- Labour legislation
Legislation, on a national or international level, that governs labour conditions in various fields between labour parties such as the government, employees, employers, and trade unions.
- Follow work schedule
Manage the sequence of activities in order to deliver completed work on agreed deadlines by following a work schedule.
- Select illustration styles
Select the appropriate style, medium, and techniques of illustration in line with the needs of the project and client's requests.
- Finish project within budget
Make sure to stay within budget. Adapt work and materials to budget.
- Follow a brief
Interpret and meet requirements and expectations, as discussed and agreed upon with the customers.
- Consult with business clients
Communicate with clients of a business or business project in order to introduce new ideas, obtain feedback, and find solutions to problems.
- Ensure visual quality of the set
Inspect and amend the scenery and set-dressing to make sure the visual quality is optimal with in constraints of time, budget and manpower.
- Contextualise artistic work
Identify influences and situate your work within a specific trend which may be of an artistic, aesthetic, or philosophical natures. Analyse the evolution of artistic trends, consult experts in the field, attend events, etc.
- Gather reference materials for artwork
Gather samples of the materials you expect to use in the creation process, especially if the desired piece of art necessitates the intervention of qualified workers or specific production processes.
- Consult with editor
Consult with the editor of a book, magazine, journal or other publications about expectations, requirements, and progress.
- Analyse texts to be illustrated
Analyse texts to be illustrated; researching and checking sources.
- Interpret illustration needs
Communicate with clients, editors and authors in order to interpret and fully understand their professional needs.
Optional knowledge and skillsedit photographs use traditional illustration techniques create 2d painting design graphics develop educational resources desktop publishing apply desktop publishing techniques ict software specifications create animated narratives multimedia systems develop educational activities edit negatives perform image editing create original drawings create sketches plan art educational activities collaborate with a technical staff in artistic productions use digital illustration techniques
Source: Sisyphus ODB