Fine Artist  What They Do

Just the Facts


Creates original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Visual Arts pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Uses materials such as pens and ink, watercolors, charcoal, oil, or computer software to create artwork.
  • Integrates and develops visual elements, such as line, space, mass, color, and perspective, to produce desired effects, such as the illustration of ideas, emotions, or moods.
  • Confers with clients, editors, writers, art directors, and other interested parties regarding the nature and content of artwork to be produced.
  • Submits preliminary or finished artwork or project plans to clients for approval, incorporating changes as necessary.
  • Maintains portfolios of artistic work to demonstrate styles, interests, and abilities.
  • Creates finished art work as decoration, or to elucidate or substitute for spoken or written messages.
  • Cuts, bends, laminates, arranges, and fastens individual or mixed raw and manufactured materials and products to form works of art.
  • Monitors events, trends, and other circumstances, researches specific subject areas, attends art exhibitions, and reads art publications to develop ideas and keep current on art world activities.
  • Studies different techniques to learn how to apply them to artistic endeavors.
  • Renders drawings, illustrations, and sketches of buildings, manufactured products, or models, working from sketches, blueprints, memory, models, or reference materials.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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