Working in the Field of Visual Communication



Task 1.

The current areas of employment in the field of visual communication Within my chosen sector which is Illustration is a quite wide range, I have found a really good website with the current jobs going for Illustrators ( The jobs which I have found are mostly in the United States. Which I found more common as most of the Illustration artists I know of are from United States or are working there.

Also I have found a web site which is can help build an illustration portfolio and it gives you all the information which you need for example, “What Degree Do You Need To Be an Illustrator?” “How to Start as an Illustrator” etc. Which I think I will use in future (

Some of the jobs going for Illustrators are even providing a training as there is few of entries and qualifications needed. In my opinion from those current jobs going now it seems like they are looking for creative people and they are providing the training to see or to learn the IT parts of the job.

The economic impact of the illustration art is incomparable to fine art, fine art it has greater impact in museum or gallery art. Where illustration has more impact on the video game industry alone likely design feature films and advertise countless products. Talking about the impact on society is harder to judge as people have a different taste in art if any, many paintings of contemporary art had an impact on society or even individual lives. Illustration also has its impact in a little bit different art form comics, video games, advertising, cartoons etc. has also impact no just on the society but also again on individual lives.

The copy right issues are comment in any art department as many artists copy work or make something similar or even steal others work. The issues are that if working in company and designing a comic character for example who is either the same who somebody already done the original artist have the right to sue the person who stole he’s idea or have created the same work. But the original artist needs to get his copy rights first without them the artist can’t do nothing. I have found really interesting article about copyrights which explains everything about copy righting.

As a student in college at the beginning of each year I’m given handed a document saying that the college have right to any produced art work which I done inside of college, which means I can’t sell it for my own profit.

Task 2.

As an Illustrator the job have different stages like discussing client’s needs and identifying a target audience, negotiating the prices and time when the project needs to be finished, creating sketches, paintings or even computer format designs. Speaking with the client about the progress, discussing changes of the project, also illustrator needs to be sure that the work is completed within set budget and deadlines.

The hours are usually arranged and flexible which I think is a great benefit. As the Illustrator can be a house wife with kids for example, also not of the Illustrators working throughout the UK are self-employment and work freelance. They most likely have other paid jobs like being a tutor for example. As being a self-employed illustrator doesn't always gives you monthly wage.

Working as an Illustrator full time, usually means working in a studio 9–5, Monday to Friday, as working in a Designing company there wouldn't be just one project as they would be more likely to have more clients then a freelancer.

Also you can have partnerships which I think it can be great, as you wouldn't work on the project by yourself. Butt also you would become responsible for the other persons mistakes. So there’s two sides of advantages and disadvantages.

The disadvantages:

The disadvantages working as a Illustrator are that you never know for sure if you will have a monthly wage, sometimes you can disagree with the client and you can be removed from the project,

The advantages:

The advantages in my opinion are the flexible hours, research as you will gather new information about a culture, product, etc. which I personally really like. Sometimes the freedom of design, also by doing the research in a field you can always meet some amazing people, you can work from home.

There are also many different roles to the job as you don’t just design whatever, you need research not just of the target audience but also product, marketing, already existing designs(to avoid copyrights), etc.

The role of an employer is to make sure that all employees are in a health and safety environment, that everything is panned and organised, the employer needs to know the arts-related law, events, financial situation etc. As the employer is over the employees it’s the employers job to make sure that his/hers employees are up to date with any deadlines, meetings etc.

The employee need to make sure that he/she is provided with everything what is needed from their employer to work with for example, health and safety etc.

In Illustration the employers need to be sure that the employees are provided with information of the project, client, and audience. So the employees can do suitable drawings for example for the client. Also the employer needs to know how much all of this work will cost, which materials will be needed and the overall costs of the design.

Employers responsibilities in general

•selecting and training staff;

•working to secure funding for venues or specific events

  • planning and managing budgets

•ensuring corporate and legal requirements are complied with, and reporting to the board of directors.

Those are only some of the employers responsibilities, the employers are most likely working longer hours which includes evening and weekend day as well.

As the employee is under the employer they have less responsibility.

Task 3.

To become and work as a Illustrator usually required:

-drawing skills


-Creativity and imagination

-eye for detail and designs

-self-promotional skills

-self-motivation to be able to work to the deadlines

-having good communication skills and negotiating skills

-good understanding

Also it is important for the illustartor to enjoy crative work and to have a wide interest

in visual arts.

I think that an Illustrator need to be able to show the client their interest of the project, also to keep the client satisfied, also I think that it is really important to explain to the client produced work, for example: I have used this colour for this element to make it more interesting and eye catching, so when the target audience will look at it would be really hard to miss it.

So the communication skills need to be really good. Also the artist needs to know how to show the message in an art form. So it’s not just education what is needed by the skills in the artist as well everybody can draw, but it’s not just about that is important to have the skills to not just communicate with the client but to understand the client and what they want to show.

Task 4.

The employees health and safety responsibilities are first of all to take care of your own health and safety, working in a studio means that you have to wear responsibly for the job, working with machinery means that you need to make sure that your clothes, jewellery and hair will not get in the way, also if taking medication which can make you sleepy, dizzy, etc. It’s best to tell your employer about the medication which you are taking. As a employee you need to co-operate with your employer, making sure that you get the proper training and you understand and follow the company’s health and safety polices. Also as a employee you need to report any injuries, strains or illnesses you can suffer during work, as the employer may need to change the way you work.

The employers responsibility is to give the employees health, safety and welfare working stations, the employers also need to give their employees information about the risks and also provide with a suitable training. Employers must consult employees on health and safety issues. Consultation must be either direct or through a safety representative that is either elected by the workforce or appointed by a trade union. The employers need to consider and take actions in any health and safety requests.


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