How to become a Illustrator

Illustrators create drawings and designs for books and magazines, advertisements, film, television and multimedia. Illustrators work on paper, and two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) models. They may use traditional or computer-based techniques, or a combination of both. Illustrators can specialise in illustrations for websites, phone apps, augmented reality development, magazines, children's books, scientific work, technical manuals, fashion and product packaging. Many work as freelancers. They may have to work very long hours when a deadline has to be met.

Personal requirements of a Illustrator

  • High level of drawing skill
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Willingness to experiment with different techniques
  • A feeling for movement and timing
  • Aptitude for working with computers

Education & Training for a Illustrator

You can work as an illustrator without formal qualifications. Skills are usually developed through practice and experience. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an illustrator by completing a degree in animation, graphic design, digital media, new media design, fine arts, creative arts, visual arts or visual communication. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

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