As an Illustrator, you take your artistic and technical skills and build a portfolio of designs and artwork that are completely your own. Your options within this career field span a wide variety, and leave you with quite a few avenues to take.
1. Book Illustrator — If you’re an Illustrator for a book, whether it’s a serious novel or a lighthearted children’s story, your work requires a great deal of understanding of literature, the skill to interpret words into art, and the ability to collaborate with a Writer so you can translate their original intent for the accompanying illustrations of their book into actual drawings.
2. Architectural Illustrator — Your love of buildings, construction, and design, mixed with your ability to draw with precision and accuracy, make you a perfect candidate for architectural illustration. You work with Architects, bringing their ideas to life and creating something concrete rather than conceptual to show to investors and developers.
3. Fashion Illustrator — What’s better to you than clothes, style, and fashion? How about drawing all those beautiful creations and coming up with the styles to begin with? As a Fashion Illustrator, you may work for a Fashion Designer, helping them put their ideas on paper, and decide on the best cuts, patterns, and colors for production.
4. Medical Illustrator — You aren’t just an artistic thinker; you also know your biology and anatomy. With medical illustration, you combine your two very different loves—art and science—to create visual representations in medical books and journals for students and Physicians alike. You magnify and dissect images that would otherwise be impossible to view and understand.
5. Cartoonist — Do your drawings have a tendency to come to life and take on personalities of their own? Perhaps you have a funny perspective on life, and a witty way of telling it. Consider becoming a Cartoonist. You could get your own comic strip, try freelancing for the New Yorker, or parlay your talents into video game or animated film illustration.
Careers You May Like
Show your art in a variety of channels, like digital, film, and video.
Stamp prints on paper using wood or metal carvings.
Illustrate high-impact pictures for comic books.
Create highly accurate drawings for students and scientists.
Create images and pictures to enrich stories.
Design and manage the image of a fashion magazine or store.
Oversee the work of a team of Animators.
Create comic strips.
Create the appearance of complex animated characters.
Put animation and real film footage together to make one amazing movie.
Put together showy outfits that Dancers can move in.
Draw images of court cases when photographs are not permitted.
Lead an animation team in creating high-tech graphics for a film.
Make illustrated objects come to life using artistic and technical talents.
Sew and sell sexy underwear.
Create animated, interactive web pages using Flash.
Lead the process of turning rough drawings into digital models.
Make sure proposed building designs are functional and realistic.
Make flattering and comfortable clothes for pregnant women.
Produce luxurious, made-to-order clothes for select clients.
Paint massive pictures on walls and other large surfaces.
Create beautiful paintings on a contract basis.
Carve art work out of clay, wood, or other materials.
Dream up the hottest handbag of the season.
Draw the details that make games and animated movies look more realistic.
Make 2D images move using hand drawings or computer software.
Create costumes for movies, TV shows, or stage plays.
Design awesome game graphics that won't cause computers to crash.
Put a new spin on classic men's clothing.
Translate a Fashion Designer's ideas into drawings.
Make gadgets user-friendly.
Think up characters, objects, or environments for films or video games.
Bring illustrated objects to life for movies and video games.
Help bring back the original look and splendor of a piece of art.
Design the scenery of a video game.
Make backdrops for movies.
Use graphics to express ideas, facts, and information.
Create a series of drawings showing the flow of a movie or ad.
Animate game art by writing its computer code.
Help develop the visual world of an animated film.
Create paintings for display in art galleries.
Choose clothes and accessories for celebrities.
Make animated films or shorts using the stop motion technique.
Produce fashionable accessories like hairbands or jewelry.
Adorn canvases with colorful paint.
Create stylish shoes for every occasion.
Set trends with your beautiful clothing designs.
Produce graphics that make video games flow like a movie.
Create digital models that can be viewed from all angles.
Draw portraits of crime suspects to help investigations.
Construct sculptures to show what crime victims look like.