Question/Answer: Do we need illustrators and fine artists?

February 6th, 2013 Filed under: Graphic Design Portfolios — Advertising Author

‘Mary’ asks a great question so I thought I’d post it here with an answer – enjoy:

I need to choose a BA qualification for which apply till 15th of january… I’m creative person and art is what I’m interested the most… But, two qualifications, which I’m interested in- fine art and illustration; are something like an ‘old school’… but seriously is there any point to gain the qualification of an illustrator or a fine artist… are there any perspectives to have a job after you finish the course? Or it’s better to go and study for a graphic designer? Please HELP!!! (((((((((((((((

Answer: Illustration design is extremly important to the visual arts. Problem is, not everyone is cut out to be an illustrator. I’m sure part of your courses for “graphic design” will include illustration.I have 3 prepress professionals on staff, 1 illustrates for the “skull and crossbones” crowd. Another is more family and social organization savy (like schools, parks & recreation). The 3rd specializes in web design and brochure creations for corporations but can’t “draw” at all. They all know prepress,and that’s why they have a job working for me. So what’s the take away here? You need to be well rounded when it comes this field. If any of my employees really excelled at drawing or illustrations, they’d be doing studio work. But it’s hard work, not to mention it’s not that easy to get a job working at the studios…so you better be good and keep a portfolio of all your best work.I’m not sure I’ve given you the answer you were looking for…I just hope it’s given you a little more perspective on our industry.

Tagged:Drawing & Illustration

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