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March 3, 2013

Artists have many careers to choose from

It’s most likely that you have heard the term “starving artist,” and understand that it means you may be working your fingers to the bone in your chosen field of art, but only making enough to keep yourself in paint and maybe brushes, as well as the occasional Ramen noodles (yuck). This does sound rather ominous, but things have changed.

Today, there is a long list of careers in art ranging from graphic design to metal welding art.

Unless there are earthquakes and tsunamis, now is an excellent time to prepare yourself a cup of tea!

There is one career in art that seems to appeal to young men especially and that is video game artist. Another career offering creative opportunity is in the field of animation. Animation has evolved into an amazingly huge part of advertisements, movies, websites, games, music videos and cell phones.

Graphic design is another important category of art. Also known as communication designs, this type of art lends itself to such things as creating pictographs, doing the layout of a magazine, designing for product covers, user interface and advertisements.

Set designs requires an artist to think big. A degree is a must for this type of art. The artist would have to envision set layouts, as well as speaking to the carpenters for set building and interior design people.

Comic book art is a field in which a talented artist is asked to step in and fulfill the requirements needed for pictures in the comic book. Graphic novels have really taken the world by storm, and are being converted into movies as fast as you can speak. What does an illustrator do? Well, whether someone needs a book cover designed or pictures (illustrations) for a children’s book, both would be the job of an illustrator.

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