Masters of Comic Book Art

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School of Illustration Programs

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Careers in Illustration

  • Freelance Illustrator
  • Concept Artist
  • Children’s Book Illustrator
  • Book Cover Artist
  • Comics Artist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Interactive Illustrator
  • Reportage
  • Medical/Scientific Illustrator

Illustrators solve visual problems and tell stories in formats that range from infographics to comic books. You can make 3D visualizations, book covers, posters, cards, graphic novels, collectibles, and more, and are responsible for managing and maintaining their own business.

Job Duties:

  • Create a successful illustration based on a brief
  • Manage budgets and schedules as needed

Job Skills:

  • Time management
  • Flexibility in style
  • Excellent communication skills

Create preproduction art from rough ideation to model packets as a concept artist. You’ll create environments, character designs, and concepts for games or films, and work with a variety of teams to create new worlds and stories.

Job Duties:

  • Create and refine concept art
  • Stay up to date on trends and cultural sensitivities
  • Create production-ready art

Job Skills:

  • Ability to draw and paint in software
  • Ability to iterate based on research and feedback
  • Excellent communication skills

With the vibrant children’s book market, you’ll be able to create illustrations for a wide range of audiences and story styles as a children’s book illustrator. With an emphasis on storytelling, a diversity in approaches and styles make this a flexible and exciting career path.

Job Duties:

  • Create illustrations with a consistent style
  • Provide layouts with text
  • Create book dummies and finished art in appropriate formats

Job Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Flexibility in style and mood

Create narrative art for book covers as a book cover artist. You’ll conceptualize and execute eye-catching imagery for cover layouts, and communicate story notes in a single image.

Job Duties:

  • Distill concepts and ideas into visual metaphors
  • Conceptualize and execute final production art
  • Design illustrations around type and format issues

Job Skills:

  • Strong conceptual skills
  • Cultural and market trend analysis
  • Ability to illustrate in a wide range of styles

Create and sell your own stories as a comics artist. Layout artists draw pages for comics, inkers create line art for comics, colorists and lettering artists fill them in, and writers provide the story framework.

Job Duties:

  • Tell stories effectively in graphic novels
  • Iterate quickly with feedback from teams

Job Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate and iterate with others

As a storyboard artist, you’ll break down and draw shots for commercials, film, games, cartoons, and more. Set the tempo and timing of key shots to interpret the director’s vision under tight deadlines.

Job Duties:

  • Create and iterate storyboards
  • Interpret camera and script directions visually
  • Interpret cinematic directions

Job Skills:

  • Strong storytelling ability
  • Staging, composition, and mechanical skills
  • Ability to multi-task

In the emerging market of interaction design, the interactive illustrator creates art for inclusion in digital mediums such as smartphones, computers, and tablets. Understand and influence user behavior with a strong illustrative style and give life to interactive experiences.

Job Duties:

  • Create production-ready digital illustrations
  • Oversee animation and interaction of illustrations
  • Influence behavior with stylistic and metaphorical cues

Job Skills:

  • Ability to visualize movement and interaction
  • Consistency of style across audio and visual mediums

As a reportage illustrator, you’ll be tasked with documenting moments for TV, the Internet, sketchbooks and specialty publications. Courtroom, combat, and corporate presentation artists must work efficiently and accurately to define a moment in time.

Job Duties:

  • Create illustrations quickly based on a brief
  • Observe and translate situations

Job Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills

Create the illusion of being inside a heart, sitting in an ancient temple, or explaining disease vectors as a medical or scientific illustrator. Combining meticulous research and execution skills with artistic vision, you’ll distill complex concepts into simple and beautiful illustrations.

Job Duties:

  • Research and analyze chosen subject material
  • Create and iterate based on expert feedback
  • Visualize and explain abstract concepts

Job Skills:

  • Research and analysis skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
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We encourage you to explore the limits of your creativity and create your own path to creative fulfillment. Many of our classes can be taken without any prior experience or knowledge; all that's required is a desire to learn and explore. If you’d like to take a class that has a prerequisite, please contact an admissions representative. Once you’ve demonstrated equivalent knowledge or completion of a similar course a representative will assist you with registration.

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