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Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Model substances such as clay or wax, using fingers and small hand tools to form objects.
    • 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.
    • Set up exhibitions of artwork for display or sale.
    • Render drawings, illustrations, and sketches of buildings, manufactured products, or models, working from sketches, blueprints, memory, models, or reference materials.
    • Frame and mat artwork for display or sale.
    • Confer with clients, editors, writers, art directors, and other interested parties regarding the nature and content of artwork to be produced.
    • 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.
    • Submit artwork to shows or galleries.
    • Submit preliminary or finished artwork or project plans to clients for approval, incorporating changes as necessary.
    • Study styles, techniques, colors, textures, and materials used in works undergoing restoration to ensure consistency during the restoration process.
    • Collaborate with engineers, mechanics, and other technical experts as necessary to build and install creations.
    • Cut, bend, laminate, arrange, and fasten individual or mixed raw and manufactured materials and products to form works of art.
    • Maintain portfolios of artistic work to demonstrate styles, interests, and abilities.
    • Develop project budgets for approval, estimating time lines and material costs.
    • Create and prepare sketches and model drawings of cartoon characters, providing details from memory, live models, manufactured products, or reference materials.
    • Market artwork through brochures, mailings, or Web sites.
    • Study different techniques to learn how to apply them to artistic endeavors.
    • Create finished art work as decoration, or to elucidate or substitute for spoken or written messages.
    • Create sketches, profiles, or likenesses of posed subjects or photographs, using any combination of freehand drawing, mechanical assembly kits, and computer imaging.
    • Trace drawings onto clear acetate for painting or coloring, or trace them with ink to make final copies.
    • Collaborate with writers who create ideas, stories, or captions that are combined with artists' work.
    • Brush or spray protective or decorative finishes on completed background panels, informational legends, exhibit accessories, or finished paintings.
    • 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.
    • Photograph objects, places, or scenes for reference material.
    • Teach artistic techniques to children or adults.
    • Examine and test paintings in need of restoration or cleaning to determine techniques and materials to be used.

    Skills

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Originality

      The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

    • Fluency of Ideas

      The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

    • Visualization

      The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 50760/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 24.4/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,600
    • Yearly Projected Openings 180

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Initiative
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

    Tools

    • Specialty brushes
    • Kilns for firing ceramics
    • Clay or modeling tools
    • Camera flashes or lighting
    • Anatomical models

    Technology

    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Desktop publishing software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software

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