Profession illustrator

Illustrators design information content for visual and audio communication, publication and display using print, film, electronic, digital and other forms of visual and audio media. They create special effects, animation, or other visual images for use in print media and advertisements.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Investigative
  • Artistic / Realistic

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Knowledge

  • Copyright legislation

    Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.

  • Graphic design

    The techniques to create a visual representation of ideas and messages.

  • 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.

  • Art history

    The history of art and artists, the artistic trends throughout centuries and their contemporary evolutions.

Skills

  • Analyse texts to be illustrated

    Analyse texts to be illustrated; researching and checking sources.

  • Follow a brief

    Interpret and meet requirements and expectations, as discussed and agreed upon with the customers.

  • Select illustration styles

    Select the appropriate style, medium, and techniques of illustration in line with the needs of the project and client's requests.

  • Interpret illustration needs

    Communicate with clients, editors and authors in order to interpret and fully understand their professional needs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Consult with editor

    Consult with the editor of a book, magazine, journal or other publications about expectations, requirements, and progress.

  • Finish project within budget

    Make sure to stay within budget. Adapt work and materials to budget.

  • 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.

  • Follow work schedule

    Manage the sequence of activities in order to deliver completed work on agreed deadlines by following a work schedule.

Optional knowledge and skills

create animated narratives desktop publishing develop educational activities develop educational resources edit photographs edit negatives collaborate with a technical staff in artistic productions create sketches apply desktop publishing techniques create 2d painting create original drawings multimedia systems use traditional illustration techniques ict software specifications perform image editing plan art educational activities use digital illustration techniques design graphics

Common job titles

  • Freelance illustrator
  • Freelance graphic designer
  • Creative coordinator
  • Animation / game concept artist intern
  • Graphic designer/illustrator
  • Scientific/medical illustrator
  • Junior graphic designer needed
  • Graphic designer - temp to perm
  • Artist/illustrator
  • Designer & illustrator