ILLUSTRATOR by Kiara Curtis

An illustrator is an individual who creates 2- Dimensional images for various types of industries such as technical design, fashion design and advertising. In this profession, people use many types of techniques to create an illustration and the effects an illustration can have such as shadows and color on in image.

An illustration made by an unknown individual on Adobe Illustrator.

There are many different types of illustrators

  • Advertising
  • Publishing
  • Corporate work
  • Editorial
  • Fashion
  • Merchandising
  • Multimedia

You might be asking yourself:

How can I become an animator? What kind of skills and abilities do I need to pursue an awesome career?! Well I'll tell you~


  • Active Learning and Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Judgement and Decision making
  • Complex problem solving


  • Originality
  • Visualization
  • Fluency of Ideas
  • Arm- Hand Steadiness
  • Manual Dexterity


A formal degree isn't fully required for this profession, but having a degree can help with getting you familiar with the standards of being a professional. These are just a few requirements for this job:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Bachelor's Degree

Companies that'll hire an ILLUStrator

There are many types of companies that'll hire an illustrator for multiple different reasons. Some being rather large and well known and others that are quite small.

Some of the companies that'll hire illustrators are:

  • Riot Games
  • Toptal
  • eLearning Mind
  • tispr
  • Crazy Fox Creations
  • and many many more!!!


Typically an illustrator can earn up to $21,698 to $100,255 per year. However, the median salary (As of Dec 2014) is $46,806. With being an illustrator income sometimes varies as they work on a commission type basis.

Job Outlook

It's predicted that any job in the fine arts department, including illustrating, will increase by at least 3% between 2012 to 2022 which is a lot slower than previous years.

Job Schedule

There is hardly a time an illustrator gets a break from a job. They typically work 7 days a week for an entire year depending on the project that's being worked on.

A mother and baby giraffe drawn by well known children's book artist, Eric Carle

Eric Carle

Eric Carle

Eric Carle is a well known illustrator,writer and designer for children's books such as "The Hungry Caterpillar" and "Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?".

He was born in Syracuse, New York in 1929. He got his start as a graphic designer for an advertising company but his true passion for writing children's books was discovered when he worked on a collaboration with Bill Martin Jr. on Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

In his life time he's created over 50 illustrated children's books since his start with Bill Martin Jr. his most famous being the story known as "The Hungry Caterpillar"

Throughout his life, he has had so many more accomplishments then just writing successful book titles. He founded a museum known as The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

He's also received many honorary degrees and various amounts of awards for children's literature such as , the Japan Picture Book Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators.

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Created with images by cdaltonrowe - "drawing hand" • Alexas_Fotos - "bird birdie drawing" • Sultry/sulky/silly - "House series- redo - WIP" • Zorro4 - "mural girl balloon"

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