An illustrator creates drawings for physical and digital products and purposes. These drawings are often used in publications such as magazines and books, as well as products such as greeting cards, calendars, packaging, and digital illustrations. An illustrator often uses pen/pencil drawings or watercolors, but the use of digital illustration applications is now common as well.
Employment opportunities can be found with advertising firms, publishing houses, media companies, fashion houses, and medical and government organizations, among others. Illustrators are often self-employed. There are a variety of training options available for illustrators, including associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees.These programs offer training in various elements of the visual arts (including digital illustration technology), as well as build a portfolio of illustrations for prospective clients or employers.
The illustrator's main duties include visualizing and producing artwork and line drawings based on concepts provided by clients or colleagues. They normally determine the type of medium and technique that is best suited to create the desired artwork and then employ the needed techniques to create it. The illustrator communicates with their clients throughout production and incorporates their feedback; they must produce a final product that meets all of their clients' needs.
Deliver finished illustrations for a variety of projects, within deadlines and according to specifications.
Research and interpret design and retail market trends.
Develop artwork for specific projects that meets requirements.
Use design and artistic software to alter and improve artwork.