Illustrators are designers who use their artistic talents to produce original photographs for a variety of printed and digital items. They work closely with clients and the marketing team to turn ideas and printed media into inspiring illustrations.
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You get to be creative
You get to let others witness your incredible work of art
You can show the readers your interpretations of an author's character, etc.
There’s a potential for more income
You may find a close deadline and have to rush
Others may criticize your work
Client approvals may take a lot of time
Pay can be unpredictable
GOT WHAT IT TAKES?
You have excellent drawing and IT skills
You are able to solve problems creatively and adapt to styles
You are creative and imaginative
You enjoy creative work
Interesting Facts about the career
The first illustrated printed books – following the invention of the printing press in 1440 – were made using woodcut templates. The same sort that is used, even now, for putting marks on clothes.
Xylography, as it’s known is a simple enough process: cut out all the bits from a block of wood you don’t want, dip what’s left in ink, and print. Simple is beautiful.
The first illustrated stories go back much later than Gutenberg’s press. There are printed scrolls, for instance, from the Heian and Kamakura eras in Japan, which date back from 900AD.
J.R.R. Tolkien, Sylvia Plath, Clive Barker, John Lennon, Shel Silverstein, Maurice Sendak, T.S. Elliot, and Evelyn Waugh are all authors we’ve probably heard of. What you might not know is that they all, at some point, illustrated their own books.