1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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2533-19 Illustrator

Draws and paints pictures that assist in presentation and meaning, and explain narrative, dialogue and ideas.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification or at least 5 years relevant experience. This occupation requires high levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications or experience.

Tasks Include:

  • examines assignment brief and related material, and prepares layouts and sketches of proposed illustrations
  • determines style, technique and medium to produce the desired effects and conform with reproduction requirements
  • conceives and renders illustrations and details from models, sketches or imagination
  • uses pens, ink, charcoal, crayons, paint and other materials to create drawings and illustrations
  • discusses and amends illustrations with clients and production team at various stages of completion
  • uses computers to develop and enhance illustrations
  • illustrates children's books, scientific work, technical manuals, reference books and other publications
  • may specialise in product packaging, corporate, medical or architectural illustration
  • may prepare series of drawings to illustrate an animated sequence in a television or film production


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