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

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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.
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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
LOW
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
LOW
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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DAILY TASKS Expand
Study different techniques to learn how to apply them to artistic endeavors.
Maintain portfolios of artistic work to demonstrate styles, interests, and abilities.
Create finished art work as decoration, or to elucidate or substitute for spoken or written messages.
Submit preliminary or finished artwork or project plans to clients for approval, incorporating changes as necessary.
Integrate and develop visual elements, such as line, space, mass, color, and perspective, in order to produce desired effects such as the illustration of ideas, emotions, or moods.
Cut, bend, laminate, arrange, and fasten individual or mixed raw and manufactured materials and products to form works of art.
Use materials such as pens and ink, watercolors, charcoal, oil, or computer software to create artwork.
Monitor events, trends, and other circumstances, research specific subject areas, attend art exhibitions, and read art publications in order to develop ideas and keep current on art world activities.
Confer with clients, editors, writers, art directors, and other interested parties regarding the nature and content of artwork to be produced.
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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.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Selling or Influencing Others Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
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Fine Arts Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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.
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
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.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
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Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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