How to become an illustrator: Anh's story

Meet Anh, 22, to find out more about life as an illustrator. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I finally get to afford a living by doing what I love!

  • Anh did a foundation degree in Art and Design, where she studied creative subjects such as filming, photography and design. She then decided to do a degree in Illustration at the Arts University Bournemouth

  • To add to her skill set, she also learnt to code. She can now programme video games as well as illustrating and designing them

  • Her favourite part about her job is that she does not have to sit in an office – she can work wherever she wants to!

Anh's career path

What to expect if you want to be an illustrator

  • Illustrator salary: £14,000 to £40,000 per year
  • Illustrator working hours: Variable per week

What qualifications do you need to be an illustrator?

  • Typical entry requirements: There are no set requirements, but many illustrators have a degree in illustration or other arts-related subject like Graphic Design. Without a degree you can still be successful if you have artistic flair and a strong collection of work (portfolio).

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

Find out more on the Prospects website about the role of an illustrator.

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If you’re interested in becoming an illustrator but are not sure if your skill set matches up, take a look at the Wheel of Strengths from Barclays Lifeskills.

It’s a nifty interactive tool you can use to identify your skills, interests and personality. It will also suggest jobs that might suit you and identify how building other skills could open up other job roles.

Take a look - your future awaits!

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