Choosing and Pursuing a Career in the Visual Graphic Arts

By Raymond articles Published 09/27/2008 | Arts and Culture
If you want to work as a visual artist, it will take some time to establish yourself as a professional.  Unfortunately, you will find that simply having talent is not enough to ensure being able to make a living.  That said, if you are committed to working hard, and take advantage of certain opportunities, you will enjoy a rewarding as well as prestigious career.

To begin, you will need to go to art school, or at least pursue a college major in graphic arts.  In most cases, getting into these programs will require having some sort of portfolio.  Typically, if you major in art during highschool, your teachers will help you design one.  

On the other hand, if you are returning to college as a an older student, you will need to create a portfolio on your own.  In most cases, you should be able to look at the entrance requirements to the college in order to determine how many pieces of artwork you will need to assemble.  You may also be able to receive help from clerks at your local arts and craft store.

Once you have completed schooling, you will always need to keep a current portfolio.  In many cases, you will want to have this  portfolio on hand during job interviews.  You may also want to create an online version for easy viewing and convenient access.  This may also make it easier for you to obtain freelance jobs.  If at all possible, you should try to gain permission to use copies of items that you have already sold.  This will help establish the saleability of your artwork, as well as its level of appeal.

Depending on your interests, you may want to start your own business as a graphic artist.  Among other things, you customers may include local business people that need logos and company literature designed.  If you live in a small community, it may also be of some help to seek customers online.  In particular, you will find all kinds of job opportunities as a freelancer.

For the most part,  you will find that working as a graphic artist takes an enormous amount of commitment and creativity.  As you create a wide range of designs for your employer or customers, you will also need to have an eye for detail.  Without a question, the last thing you will want to do is create something that is sloppy or unappealing for other reasons.  While it may be difficult to break into this type of career, you should be able to make a decent living.  As may be expected, if you keep up to date on the industry itself, you may be able to find prestigious job openings along with decent money making opportunities.