Whether in marketing, entertainment, architecture, or design firms, fine artists (including painters, sculptors, and illustrators) have a profound impact on how companies' products and services are perceived by potential consumers. Illustrators and painters work to make packaging, advertisements, websites, and other materials/media eye-catching and effective, while sculptors accomplish the same with three-dimensional works.
Fine artists may work at marketing firms, web design agencies, fashion labels, and publishers, among others. Many fine artists work on a freelance, contractual basis, finding themselves in a self-directed, flexible work environment with hours that vary widely depending on their deadlines and employers. They must also often create several iterations of their creations, making updates and changes to meet their employers' needs.
A bachelor's degree in fine arts is often required for these positions, as well as knowledge relevant to fine arts and design. A portfolio of work is needed as well to illustrate past work and expertise to prospective clients and employers. Fine artists must balance their creativity and passion for their field with the self-discipline, ability to meet deadlines, and logistics-related tasks (such as creating invoices) required to effectively work as a fine artist. Experience with relevant software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop is a common requirement as well
Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Tasks
Design creative visual elements using a variety of mediums in collaboration with the client/customer.
Ability to use computer-related equipment and software such as Visio, Illustrator, PhotoShop, CAD/CAM, etc. commonly used in the industry.
Work closely with other departments in production.
Produce visual elements with a range of creative objectives from creating completely unique concepts to creating close technical copies of existing objects for a variety of projects.