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Illustrator Job Description

What is an Illustrator?

People sometimes need other people to depict a product (or idea) that they are selling, by way of diagrams, doodles or drawings of pictures.  Visual representation is always a potent means of helping to sway a potential buyer to lean toward one’s opinion.  The Illustrator specializes in this field and is a critical element in conceiving themes and contributing ideas during pre-production or pre-marketing.
Apart from graphics artists, illustrators use different forms of mediums, such as paints, pencils and computers for presentation.  Consulting customers or project managers is also a key component in an illustration job; therefore, social skills will be needed for a smoother completion of the project.  An illustrator uses his or her creativity and technical prowess of freehand to convey emotion, logic, and concept in an attempt to pass these from the seller to the buyer.  Over-all, this illustration job description will come in handy if one is thinking of doing it as a career.

Distinctive Duties and Tasks

One of the first things to do before an illustration job can begin, is by talking to people.  The first person (or people) an illustrator has to talk to is the client/clients.  Discussing the subject and the theme is vital for any illustrator’s perspective, since one will need to get inside the mind of the other person before proceeding.  After this, research is needed in full.  This can be done by talking to more people that concerns the subject or knows a lot about it.  Reference materials can also be gained by searching online for similar products or ideas and comparing concepts.  This enables the illustrator a broader view on other people’s opinion.  Working out the budgets and giving quotes is also considered as helpful to the task.
   
After the initial research and discussion with clients and other people, the illustrator begins doing some sketches or outlines for preliminary oversight, going back and forth to discuss with the client for approval or more input.  This makes it easier to make necessary changes so that the illustrator can proceed with the final artwork or presentation.  When the work is done, the illustrator must ask permission from the clients if one is thinking about exhibiting the work as part of one’s portfolio or for public viewing.

Career Market

Working as an Illustrator usually means going freelance.  There are other markets that one can dive in such as working for publishing companies or architectural firms, but one can still opt to be independent regardless of being tied to a group as a salaried illustrator.  This is only possible if one is good with time management.  Areas for a career (mostly freelance) include:

•    Films (storyboards, character design or concepts, costumes, environmental ambience, etc.)
•    Multimedia (Animation, Websites, Videogames, etc.)
•    Fashion (concepts, designs, estimates, predictions, etc.)
•    Corporate work (catalogues, brochures, concepts, etc.)
•    Merchandising (T-shirts, calendars, greeting cards, other products)
•    Advertising (press, storyboards, posters, etc.)
•    Books (illustration drawings, cover design, etc.)
•    Editorial (newspapers, magazines, comics, etc.)

Is this for you?

The question one needs to ask oneself is whether or not you are cut out for this.  Do you have the necessary skills?  Do you have what it takes to succeed?  If one has the talent for this, then reading this illustration job description over again is definitely a must.





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