National Application Center :: career details :: Painters and Illustrators
Career Details :: Painters and Illustrators
Paint or draw subject material to produce original artwork or illustrations, using watercolors, oils, acrylics, tempera, or other paint mediums.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Renders drawings, illustrations, and sketches of buildings, manufactured products, or models, working from sketches, blueprints, memory, or reference materials.
- Paints scenic backgrounds, murals, and portraiture for motion-picture and television production sets, glass artworks, and exhibits.
- Develops drawings, paintings, diagrams, and models of medical or biological subjects for use in publications, exhibits, consultations, research, and teaching.
- Etches, carves, paints, or draws artwork on material, such as stone, glass, canvas, wood, and linoleum.
- Confers with professional personnel or client to discuss objectives of artwork and develop illustration ideas and theme to be portrayed.
- Performs tests to determine factors, such as age, structure, pigment stability, and probable reaction to various cleaning agents and solvents.
- Applies select solvents and cleaning agents to clean surface of painting and remove accretions, discolorations, and deteriorated varnish.
- Assembles, leads, and solders finished glass to fabricate stained-glass article.
- Installs finished stained-glass in window or door frame.
- Examines surfaces of paintings and proofs of artwork, using magnifying device, to determine method of restoration or needed corrections.
- Removes painting from frame or paint layer from canvas to restore artwork, following specified technique and equipment.
- Studies style, techniques, colors, textures, and materials used by artist to maintain consistency in reconstruction or retouching procedures.
- Brushes or sprays protective or decorative finish on completed background panels, informational legends, exhibit accessories, or finished painting.
- Integrates and develops visual elements, such as line, space, mass, color, and perspective, to produce desired effect.
- Dot Etchers
- Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance
- Photographic Retouchers and Restorers
General Work Activities
- Thinking Creatively
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Drafting & Specifying Technical Devices, etc.
Frequent Work Context
- Objective or Subjective Information
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Consequence of Error