Technical illustrator

 16 February 2011

Technical illustrators prepare detailed drawings to help people understand complex information. They may also be scientific illustrators, working specifically on scientific information.

Technical illustrations are used in textbooks, reference books, instruction manuals and technical sales brochures. Illustrations may also be used to produce images for multimedia software, film and television and websites.

Technical illustrators will often work on specific individual contracts; as such they may have to:

  • Discuss the requirements of a brief with a client
  • Talk to designers, technical authors and engineers to gain a better understanding of the product
  • Visit manufacturing or production sites to view the systems or equipment to be illustrated
  • Creating ideas that suit the brief
  • Use drawing, sketching, painting or photographic skills and, increasingly, computer packages, to create and produce illustrations
  • Consult with their client, seeking approval at all stages of development.

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