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.
Duties & Tasks
Illustrators may perform the following tasks:study the project brief (instructions) and select an appropriate style, technique and medium to use
research a topic by looking at photographs, artworks, advertisements and books, and by observing people, animals and plants
prepare sketches, layouts and storyboards to try out different ideas
create illustrations using charcoal, pen, ink, paint, photography and computer graphics software
create and model creatures, characters, environments and interiors for 2D and 3D computer animations
discuss the project with clients and the production team, making changes as requested.
high level of drawing skill
strong drive to succeed
ability to see a project through to completion
excellent listening skills
willingness to experiment with different techniques
able to work to the client brief
a feeling for movement and timing
aptitude for working with computers