What does a Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, and Illustrator do?
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
- Use materials such as pens and ink, watercolors, charcoal, oil, or computer software to create artwork.
- Integrate and develop visual elements, such as line, space, mass, color, and perspective, to produce desired effects, such as the illustration of ideas, emotions, or moods.
- Confer with clients, editors, writers, art directors, and other interested parties regarding the nature and content of artwork to be produced.
- Submit preliminary or finished artwork or project plans to clients for approval, incorporating changes as necessary.
- Maintain portfolios of artistic work to demonstrate styles, interests, and abilities.
- Create finished art work as decoration, or to elucidate or substitute for spoken or written messages.
- Cut, bend, laminate, arrange, and fasten individual or mixed raw and manufactured materials and products to form works of art.
- Monitor events, trends, and other circumstances, research specific subject areas, attend art exhibitions, and read art publications to develop ideas and keep current on art world activities.
- Study different techniques to learn how to apply them to artistic endeavors.
- Render drawings, illustrations, and sketches of buildings, manufactured products, or models, working from sketches, blueprints, memory, models, or reference materials.
- Create sketches, profiles, or likenesses of posed subjects or photographs, using any combination of freehand drawing, mechanical assembly kits, and computer imaging.
- Create sculptures, statues, and other three-dimensional artwork by using abrasives and tools to shape, carve, and fabricate materials such as clay, stone, wood, or metal.
- Study styles, techniques, colors, textures, and materials used in works undergoing restoration to ensure consistency during the restoration process.
- Develop project budgets for approval, estimating time lines and material costs.
- Shade and fill in sketch outlines and backgrounds, using a variety of media such as water colors, markers, and transparent washes, labeling designated colors when necessary.
- Collaborate with engineers, mechanics, and other technical experts as necessary to build and install creations.
- Create and prepare sketches and model drawings of cartoon characters, providing details from memory, live models, manufactured products, or reference materials.
- 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.
- Brush or spray protective or decorative finishes on completed background panels, informational legends, exhibit accessories, or finished paintings.
- Trace drawings onto clear acetate for painting or coloring, or trace them with ink to make final copies.
- Apply solvents and cleaning agents to clean surfaces of paintings, and to remove accretions, discolorations, and deteriorated varnish.
- Model substances such as clay or wax, using fingers and small hand tools to form objects.
- Collaborate with writers who create ideas, stories, or captions that are combined with artists' work.
- Provide entertainment at special events by performing activities such as drawing cartoons.
- Render sequential drawings that can be turned into animated films or advertisements.