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Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, & Illustrators

Also called: Artist, Fine Artist, Painter, Sculptor

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Combat Artist (Officer); Multimedia Illustrator

What they do:
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • customer service
  • sales and marketing
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • figuring out how to use new ideas or things
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • come up with lots of ideas


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
  • Independence
  • Innovation
  • Dependability
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
Data base user interface and query software
  • eArtist
  • GYST software
Web page creation and editing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Facebook


Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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