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

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
  • 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)

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