ILLUSTRATOR Dianna Amor agius

Illustrators draw different types of images for magazines, books, catalogues, advertisements and many other projects. They usually specialize in a specific field such as editorial, technical or fashion illustration.

Illustrators usually work full-time in studio spaces in the art departments of large companies or at home if they work freelance.

Freelancers tend to work independantly unless they are collaborating.

Illustrators working in companies or design firms work could work in groups depending in the project.

High school student should take as many visual and media art courses as possible.

EDUCATION

Suggested High School Subjects

  • Visual Arts
  • Media Arts
  • Biology (medical Illustrators)
  • History
  • Computers
  • Communication Technology
  • Marketing (or anything business related)

Although there are no mandatory educational requirements to become and Illustrator, it's very difficult to find a job without formal training in illustration, fine arts, graphic design or any other related field.

SKILLS NEEDED

  • Drawing ability
  • creativity
  • reading skills
  • analytical skills
  • self-motivation
  • discipline.

EARNINGS

Freelance Illustrators can earn anywhere between $10-$75 dollars an hour. Fashion and advertising Illustrators generally earn the lowest hourly wages and medical Illustrators earn the highest.

The average annual income for Illustrators on Canada ranges between $36,000 and $46,000. However, most earn between $20,000 and $70,000 and senior established Illustrators can earn $100,000 or more.

WORKPLACE

Illustrators usually work full-time in studio spaces in the art departments of large companies or at home if they work freelance.

Freelance illustrators work for many different clients and often develop a specialty. For example, they may decide to focus on drawing for storybooks or comics. Freelancers are responsible for getting the job, buying supplies, hiring models (if necessary), and completing the final product.

Employers include advertising agencies, retailers, publishers and architectural firms.

Most Illustrators work 8-11 hours a day, 40-55 hours a week. Evening and weekend work can become regular as deadlines approach.

WOULD I WANT TO BE AN ILLUSTRATOR?

Yes, I would want to work as an illustrator because I love all forms of art, especially visual (traditional/digital) art. I also don't think I would do very well in any other type of career where I can't express myself.

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