Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

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About the Job

Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

It is also Called

  • Visual Artist
  • Texture Artist
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Technical Artist
  • Tattoo Designer
  • Suspect Artist
  • Statue Maker
  • Statuary Painter
  • Stained Glass Painter
  • Stained Glass Artist
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What They Do

  • Examine and test paintings in need of restoration or cleaning to determine techniques and materials to be used.
  • Create graphics, illustrations, and three-dimensional models to be used in research or in teaching, such as in demonstrating anatomy, pathology, or surgical procedures.
  • Teach artistic techniques to children or adults.
  • Render sequential drawings that can be turned into animated films or advertisements.
  • Brush or spray protective or decorative finishes on completed background panels, informational legends, exhibit accessories, or finished paintings.
  • Collaborate with writers who create ideas, stories, or captions that are combined with artists' work.
  • Apply solvents and cleaning agents to clean surfaces of paintings, and to remove accretions, discolorations, and deteriorated varnish.
  • Trace drawings onto clear acetate for painting or coloring, or trace them with ink to make final copies.
  • Create sketches, profiles, or likenesses of posed subjects or photographs, using any combination of freehand drawing, mechanical assembly kits, and computer imaging.
  • Create finished art work as decoration, or to elucidate or substitute for spoken or written messages.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IS.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Social environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Preparation Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $75,380 with most people making between $34,180 and $129,700

Outlook

1.19%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 6,700 people in California. It is projected that there will be 7,500 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 80 openings due to growth and about 120 replacement openings for approximately 200 total annual openings.