Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
SOC: 27-1013.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
26,300 employed

Projected (2024):
27,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • 3D Artist
  • Animated Cartoons Painter
  • Animated Cartoons Painter Apprentice
  • Apprentice, Painter, Landscape
  • Apprentice, Painter, Statuary
  • Art Conservator
  • Art Restorer
  • Art Teacher
  • Artist
  • Artist Blacksmith
  • Arts Instructor
  • Automotive Artist
  • Balloon Artist
  • Beaded Jewelry Artist
  • Book Illustrator
  • Card Painter
  • Caricature Artist
  • Cartoon Artist
  • Cartoonist
  • Clay Artist
  • Color Artist
  • Comic Artist
  • Comic Book Artist
  • Comic Book Designer
  • Comic Illustrator
  • Commercial Artist
  • Commercial Illustrator
  • Commercial Retoucher
  • Community-Based Public Artist
  • Concept Artist
  • Concrete Sculptor
  • Courtroom Sketch Artist
  • Craft Artist
  • Crayon Painter
  • Custom Motorcycle Painter
  • Delineator
  • Editorial Cartoonist
  • Exhibit Artist
  • Fashion Artist
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Fiber Artist
  • Fine Artist
  • Forensic Artist
  • Free Lance Artist
  • Fresco Artist
  • Glass Artist
  • Histological Illustrator
  • Ice Sculptor
  • Illustrator
  • Kiln Formed Glass Artist
  • Landscape Artist
  • Landscape Painter
  • Manga Artist
  • Medical Artist
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Model Maker
  • Motion Pictures Cartoonist
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Mural Artist
  • Mural Painter
  • Muralist
  • Newspaper Illustrator
  • Non-Representational Metal Sculptor
  • Oil Painter
  • Painter
  • Painter Apprentice
  • Painting Instructor
  • Paintings Conservator
  • Paintings Restorer
  • Pattern Illustrator
  • Picture Framer
  • Picture Painter
  • Plasma Graphic Artist
  • Police Artist
  • Police Sketch Artist
  • Political Cartoonist
  • Portrait Artist
  • Portrait Painter
  • Printmaker
  • Production Illustrator
  • Quick Sketch Artist
  • Reproduction Artist
  • Restoration Artist
  • Sacred Art Artist
  • Scene Painter
  • Scenic Artist
  • Scientific Artist
  • Scientific Illustrator
  • Sculptor
  • Set Illustrator
  • Silhouette Artist
  • Sketch Artist
  • Sports Cartoonist
  • Stained Glass Artist
  • Stained Glass Painter
  • Statuary Painter
  • Statue Maker
  • Suspect Artist
  • Tattoo Designer
  • Teaching Artist
  • Technical Artist
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Texture Artist
  • Tinsmith
  • Visual Artist
  • Water Colorist
  • Watercolor Artist
  • Wildlife Artist


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

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

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • 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.

  • Tools & Technology:

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  • Acrylic paintbrushes
  • Alcohol lamps
  • Angle grinders
  • Artists' fountain pens
  • Artists' palette knives
  • Artists' palettes
  • Ball mills
  • Bevel tools
  • Brazing tools
  • Bush hammers
  • Bust armatures
  • Camera lenses
  • Ceramic bead bars
  • Clay cutters
  • Clay mixers
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Detail carving tools
  • Die grinders
  • Digital calipers
  • Digital hydrometers
  • Digital pyrometers
  • Digital scales
  • Digital thermometers
  • Digital viscosometers
  • Dipping tongs
  • Drying cabinets
  • Dust masks
  • Edging tools
  • Electric kilns
  • Electric potters wheels
  • Electric saws
  • Encaustic scrapers
  • Encaustic spatulas
  • Enlarger timers
  • Extruder dies
  • Fettling knives
  • Figure armature systems
  • Gas kilns
  • Glass kilns
  • Graduated measuring cylinders
  • Hand chisels
  • Hand glaze mixers
  • Handheld clay extruders
  • Handlemaker tools
  • Head armatures
  • Heat resistant gloves
  • Kick wheels
  • Kiln carts
  • Kiln oxygen probes
  • Kiln ventilation hoods
  • Laptop computers
  • Lens filters
  • Linoleum cutters
  • Loop tools
  • Mat cutters
  • Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Mold knives
  • Oil paintbrushes
  • Oxyacetylene torches
  • Paint spray guns
  • Personal computers
  • Photo enlargers
  • Photo quality computer printers
  • Photography tripods
  • Plasma cutters
  • Pneumatic chisels
  • Pot lifts
  • Potter's ribs
  • Pottery cleanup tools
  • Pottery duster brushes
  • Pottery kilns
  • Power sanders
  • Print squeegees
  • Printing tongs
  • Processing trays
  • Protective safety glasses
  • Pugmills
  • Raku kilns
  • Raku tongs
  • Remote firing flashes
  • Riffler rasps
  • Round hole punches
  • Saber saws
  • Sandblasting guns
  • Sculpting thumbs
  • Sgraffito tools
  • Shielded arc welders
  • Single lens reflex SLR cameras
  • Slab mats
  • Slab rollers
  • Square hole cutters
  • Stationary lighting systems
  • Steel rasps
  • Stone carving chisels
  • Stone carving knives
  • Stone saws
  • Strobe flashes
  • Sumi paintbrushes
  • Tablet computers
  • Theromcouples
  • Thin line sculpting tools
  • Tile cutters
  • Tile presses
  • Tool sharpening stones
  • Triple beam scales
  • Utility knives
  • Watercolor paintbrushes
  • Welding facial shields
  • Wood carving chisels
  • Wood carving gouges
  • Wood carving skews
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Flash
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FreeHand
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe ImageReady
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • ArtScope.net eArtist
  • Autodesk 3D Studio Design
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • C#
  • C++
  • Camp Software Art Licensing Manager
  • Code Line Art Files
  • Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite
  • Corel Paint Shop Pro
  • Corel Painter
  • Corel Photo-Paint
  • Credit card processing software
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • Email software
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Facebook
  • FileMaker Bento
  • GYST software
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • Inkscape
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
  • JavaScript
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Paint
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Paintbrush
  • Python
  • Serif DrawPlus
  • Trimble SketchUp
  • Twitter
  • Web browser software
  • WorkingArtist Systems WorkingArtist
  • Xara Designer Pro X


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    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980