Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

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Also known as:
Book Illustrator, Caricature Artist, Comic Artist, Comic Book Artist, Comic Illustrator, Commercial Artist, Concrete Sculptor, Editorial Cartoonist, Fashion Illustrator, Free Lance Artist

ABOUT FINE ARTIST, INCLUDING A PAINTER, SCULPTOR, OR ILLUSTRATOR CAREERS
Video transcript

For centuries, art has been a means for people to express themselves and communicate ideas. Fine artists continue to convey thoughts and impressions through their art in the hopes that appreciative collectors will buy their work.

Fine artists usually specialize in an area such as painting or sculpture. New technologies have given rise to art forms such as computer printmaking and video art installations. Those who create pictures and designs used in publications and commercial products are called illustrators.

Usually, artists work alone in a studio, for example. They may work with paints, inks, thinners and other chemicals. The professional life of an artist varies greatly. Most fine artists work on commission. Some are like celebrities, and command high fees. Others struggle in obscurity to eke out a living.

The most successful artists not only create commercially attractive works, but appreciate the importance of smart marketing. Fine artists usually hone their talents and refine their technique at art school and college, though there are no formal educational standards for success.

Fine art is part of every culture's heritage. It's been said that being an artist is more a labor of love than a career.

SNAPSHOT
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Leadership
LOW
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
MED
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
MED
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Maintain portfolios of artistic work to demonstrate styles, interests, and abilities.

Photograph objects, places, or scenes for reference material.

Confer with clients, editors, writers, art directors, and other interested parties regarding the nature and content of artwork to be produced.

Study different techniques to learn how to apply them to artistic endeavors.

Use materials such as pens and ink, watercolors, charcoal, oil, or computer software to create artwork.

Integrate and develop visual elements, such as line, space, mass, color, and perspective, to produce desired effects, such as the illustration of ideas, emotions, or moods.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Fine Arts Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
TOP SKILLS
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.