Fine Artists

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications > Visual Arts

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Job Description

Your job is to Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

Common job titles of Fine Artists include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 37.03% said they needed a Some College Courses.

  • 35.12% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.


    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.

    Use materials such as pens and ink, watercolors, charcoal, oil, or computer software to create artwork.

    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.

    Apply solvents and cleaning agents to clean surfaces of paintings, and to remove accretions, discolorations, and deteriorated varnish.

    Frame and mat artwork for display or sale.

    Photograph objects, places, or scenes for reference material.

    Create and prepare sketches and model drawings of cartoon characters, providing details from memory, live models, manufactured products, or reference materials.

    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.

    Create sketches, profiles, or likenesses of posed subjects or photographs, using any combination of freehand drawing, mechanical assembly kits, and computer imaging.

    Render drawings, illustrations, and sketches of buildings, manufactured products, or models, working from sketches, blueprints, memory, models, or reference materials.

    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.

    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.

    Teach artistic techniques to children or adults.

    Submit artwork to shows or galleries.

    Set up exhibitions of artwork for display or sale.

    Market artwork through brochures, mailings, or Web sites.

    Render sequential drawings that can be turned into animated films or advertisements.

    Provide entertainment at special events by performing activities such as drawing cartoons.

    Trace drawings onto clear acetate for painting or coloring, or trace them with ink to make final copies.

    Brush or spray protective or decorative finishes on completed background panels, informational legends, exhibit accessories, or finished paintings.

    Create graphics, illustrations, and three-dimensional models to be used in research or in teaching, such as in demonstrating anatomy, pathology, or surgical procedures.

    Examine and test paintings in need of restoration or cleaning to determine techniques and materials to be used.

    Collaborate with engineers, mechanics, and other technical experts as necessary to build and install creations.

    Develop project budgets for approval, estimating time lines and material costs.

    Study styles, techniques, colors, textures, and materials used in works undergoing restoration to ensure consistency during the restoration process.

    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.

    Submit preliminary or finished artwork or project plans to clients for approval, incorporating changes as necessary.

    Confer with clients, editors, writers, art directors, and other interested parties regarding the nature and content of artwork to be produced.

    Collaborate with writers who create ideas, stories, or captions that are combined with artists' work.

    Model substances such as clay or wax, using fingers and small hand tools to form objects.


Wood carving skews

Wood carving gouges

Wood carving chisels

Welding facial shields

Watercolor paintbrushes

Utility knives

Triple beam scales

All Tools

Tool sharpening stones

Tile presses

Tile cutters

Thin line sculpting tools


Tablet computers

Sumi paintbrushes

Strobe flashes

Stone saws

Stone carving knives

Stone carving chisels

Steel rasps

Stationary lighting systems

Square hole cutters

Slab rollers

Slab mats

Single lens reflex SLR cameras

Shielded arc welders

Sgraffito tools

Sculpting thumbs

Sandblasting guns

Saber saws

Round hole punches

Riffler rasps

Remote firing flashes

Raku tongs

Raku kilns


Protective safety glasses

Processing trays

Printing tongs

Print squeegees

Power sanders

Pottery kilns

Pottery duster brushes

Pottery cleanup tools

Potter’s ribs

Pot lifts

Pneumatic chisels

Plasma cutters

Photography tripods

Photo quality computer printers

Photo enlargers

Personal computers

Paint spray guns

Oxyacetylene torches

Oil paintbrushes

Mold knives

Metal inert gas MIG welders

Mat cutters

Loop tools

Linoleum cutters

Lens filters

Laptop computers

Kiln ventilation hoods

Kiln oxygen probes

Kiln carts

Kick wheels

Heat resistant gloves

Head armatures

Handlemaker tools

Handheld clay extruders

Hand glaze mixers

Hand chisels

Graduated measuring cylinders

Glass kilns

Gas kilns

Figure armature systems

Fettling knives

Extruder dies

Enlarger timers

Encaustic spatulas

Encaustic scrapers

Electric saws

Electric potters wheels

Electric kilns

Edging tools

Dust masks

Drying cabinets

Dipping tongs

Digital viscosometers

Digital thermometers

Digital scales

Digital pyrometers

Digital hydrometers

Digital calipers

Die grinders

Detail carving tools

Computer data input scanners

Clay mixers

Clay cutters

Ceramic bead bars

Camera lenses

Bust armatures

Bush hammers

Brazing tools

Bevel tools

Ball mills

Artists’ palettes

Artists’ palette knives

Artists’ fountain pens

Angle grinders

Alcohol lamps

Acrylic paintbrushes



Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign

Autodesk 3D Studio Design



Hypertext markup language HTML

All Technologies



Trimble SketchUp Pro

Adobe Systems Adobe ActionScript

Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Systems Adobe Flash

Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker

Adobe Systems Adobe FreeHand

Adobe Systems Adobe ImageReady eArtist

Camp Software Art Licensing Manager

Code Line Art Files

Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite

Corel Paint Shop Pro

Corel Painter

Corel Photo-Paint

Credit card processing software

FileMaker Bento



Microsoft Paint


Serif DrawPlus


WorkingArtist Systems WorkingArtist

Xara Designer Pro X


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

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Originality

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

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas

Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization

Match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Visual Color Discrimination

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