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Tips for Writing a Illustrator Job Description

Illustrators convert written and spoken ideas into a visual format to help convey information to the end users, consumers, and prospective buyers. Common examples of illustrations include infographics, whitepaper visuals, and expanded/exploded isometric views of a 3D rendering, which is usually made by another creative, such as a 3D animator.

An illustrator’s role is to use colors, text, images, and symbols to design graphics and make information easier for audiences to understand. Engineering illustrators, for example, may be involved in blueprint reviews to ensure all manufacturing and construction callouts are correctly placed and spaced and represent the correct items. Even seemingly minor errors, such as an extraneous counterbore in a steel girder, can cost hours of time and may even result in damaging the integrity of a structure. 

An illustrator should be proficient with visual programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator and familiar with layouts and graphic fundamentals. Standard fields that illustrators excel in are advertising, digital design, and branding.

The section below will cover a sample job description, exploring the daily responsibilities and necessary qualifications for an illustrator. 

The Job Overview

We are seeking a dedicated illustrator to join our advertising agency.

You will collaborate with other illustrators, graphic designers, and animators to create compelling and eye-catching images for our company website, marketing campaigns, and advertising assets to increase our user base and help boost revenue. 


Below are some of the responsibilities an illustrator is expected to assume in their position: 

  • Create and design various materials for digital and print
  • Select colors, fonts, images, and layouts
  • Ensure projects are completed promptly with a quality product
  • Suggest best practices and optimizations throughout design projects
  • Collaborate with fellow illustrators to develop new approaches for creating more-expressive graphics for the company
  • Work with a wide range of media and graphic design software
  • Establish creative direction for the company within brand guidelines
  • Manage multiple projects within design specifications and budget restrictions
  • Determine voice and messaging for graphic design pieces
  • QA designs for errors
  • Implement feedback and changes whenever possible
Job Qualifications and Skill Sets

Below are the qualifications expected of an illustrator:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a creative field preferred but not required 
  • Proficiency in programs such as Photoshop, InDesign, QuarkXPress, and Illustrator
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in graphic design
  • Strong attention to detail and artistic skills
  • Portfolio of work with a wide range of creative projects
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Familiarity with HTML and CSS preferred
  • Knowledge of layouts, graphic fundamentals, typography, print, and web
  • Experience with both print and digital media

We are looking for your most recent and impressive projects to evaluate your skills properly.

A diverse portfolio is ideal for providing a quick summary of accomplishments and abilities. It is crucial that an illustrator’s portfolio includes reviews and references in addition to prior work. 



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