Illustrators usually create pictures for books, magazines and other publications as well as for commercial products such as textiles, wrapping paper, stationery, greeting cards and calendars, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Increasingly, these professionals work in digital format - for example, creating scenery or objects for a video game - which has created new opportunities for them to work with animators and in broadcast media.
Those who wish to pursue careers in this field may want to consider attending the American Academy of Art in Illinois. Anthony Kosar, an illustration major at the school, earned an internship with the Stan Winston Studio in Los Angeles - the firm that is responsible for creating creatures in movies such as Jurassic Park, Alien, The Terminator and Edward Scissorhands.
Kosar worked on various projects during his internship, including creating props for the film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as well as the 850 action figures and life-sized guns for two of the Halo III "Believe" commercials.
He was also recognized by the Annual Collegiate Artists Competition with an honorable mention, and he won the Illustration award as well as the Peter Berry Award during the annual student show at the academy.
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