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Artists and related workers
posted: February 21, 2007
The U.S. Department of Labor doesn't seem to know what illustrators actually do, so why should anyone else?

"Artists generally fall into one of four categories. Art directors formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media. Craft artists create or reproduce handmade objects for sale or exhibition. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators create original artwork, using a variety of media and techniques. Multi-media artists and animators create special effects, animation, or other visual images on film, on video, or with computers or other electronic media."


"Illustrators typically create pictures for books, magazines, and other publications and for commercial products such as textiles, wrapping paper, stationery, greeting cards, and calendars. Increasingly, illustrators are working in digital format, preparing work directly on a computer."

Read the Department of Labor frame of reference right here.
3 comments
Alex Murawski February 21, 2007
I don't kow Zimm.... seems pretty innocent, naive perhaps, but not out of line if you were a 12 year old trying to figure out what artists do. I'm sure I'm missing something here. What's the beef?
Dale Stephanos February 22, 2007
Yikes, if this is bad intel, then I might not know what I do myself! Not the first time I'd be accused of not knowing what I'm doing though.
Jon Berkeley February 22, 2007
Yup, that's what I do too. Except the greetings cards. I don't do portraits of people's dogs either, but that onerous task hasn't been allocated as far as I can see.