Artists use watercolors, pencils, clay, computers, or just about anything to create a picture or sculpture. Their art may show objects, people, nature, or events. Painters paint landscapes, portraits, still-lifes, and abstract designs. Multi-media artists and animators create art on film, on video, or with computers. They draw by hand and use computers to create the large pictures that form movies, television programs, and computer games. Illustrators create pictures for books, magazines, and other publications. They also create pictures for products such as wrapping paper, stationery, greeting cards, and calendars. Illustrators work directly on a computer. Medical and scientific illustrators combine drawing skills with knowledge of biology or other sciences. Cartoonists draw cartoons. Some cartoonists work with others who create the idea or story. Sketch artists draw using pencils, charcoal, or pastels. Sculptors make artwork using clay, glass, wire, fabric, plaster, wood, or stone. Some combine materials to make art. Printmakers create printed images. They use wood, stone, or metal. Painting restorers restore damaged and faded paintings.
• Create art to express or communicate feelings.
• Create artwork to meet the needs of businesses or other people.
• Display art in a museum or art gallery.
Where and When:
• Many artists work in art studios.
• Others work in their homes.
• Some share studio space, where they also may show their work.
• Work areas have a lot of light and air.
• Artists may be exposed to fumes from glue, paint, ink, and other materials and to dust from filings, splattered paint, or spilled fluids.
• They may get back pain or eyestrain, or feel tired.
• Artists may work extra hours to meet deadlines.
• Self-employed artists can set their own hours.
• They spend a lot of time selling their art and building a reputation.
• Artists employed by publishing companies, advertising agencies, and design firms generally work a standard 40-hour week.
What or Who They Work With:
• Other Art Materials
Education and Training:
• A High School Diploma helps, and studying drama in college is especially helpful.
- Display Worker
- Floral Designer
- Industrial Designer
- Landscape Architect
- Medical Illustrator
- Graphic Designer
Related School Subjects:
• Art Classes
• Computer Graphics
• Art History
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