Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.Number of Jobs in 2010: 959
Number of Jobs in 2020: 926
Yearly Job Growth Rate: -3.4
Annual Openings: 23
Entry Wage: $15.21
Median Wage: $35.52
Education Requirement: High school diploma or equivalent
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- 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.
Indivduals currently working as Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
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- Gem and Diamond Workers
* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013