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What Does an Illustrator Do

Do you want to become an illustrator? Below you can see which courses you can follow for this profession and which vacancies there are for illustrators. But what does an illustrator actually do?

What Does an Illustrator Do

Working as an illustrator means that you create and design images on behalf of others to support a text or message. These images can be designed for magazines, books, brochures, websites and games.

As an illustrator you're creative on the one hand, but also commercial and you've to be able to put yourself in the client's wishes.

Some illustrators also make free work, so not on behalf of someone else. Where does an illustrator work?

Many illustrators are self-employed and work for different clients. There are also illustrators who work for a graphic company, for example, which in addition to illustrations also provides other design services.

Features of illustrators

Below are the personality traits that suit the profession of illustrator. Do you've the same personality? Then illustrator might be something for you. Not sure which personality traits you've? Then find and take a career choice test.


  • create and design beautiful things
  • creative activities such as painting and photography
  • expressive work like acting and singing
  • be original and imaginative, view things in a different way
  • interest and a taste for culture


  • initiating and starting work
  • directing and leading people
  • take and bear responsibility
  • in business: work where you run financial risks


  • physical work
  • work where you can get dirty
  • operate machines or equipment
  • working in nature and / or with animals
  • being outside
  • driving vehicles

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