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Painting

Fine art skills, sometimes with further training, are adaptable to ensure success in wide and various career choices.

These careers include education; primary, secondary and tertiary, or even as a private art teacher. Museums, art conservation, taxidermy, display, illustration, arts management and corporate collecting are but a handful of employment areas open to the arts graduate.

Fundamentally, the arts graduate can succeed in any field of personal expertise, provided that he or she practices self-discipline, personal and time-management skills, communicates well and is prepared to work harder and smarter than the competition.

Fine artists typically display their work in museums, commercial art galleries, corporate collections, and private homes. Some of their artwork may be commissioned (done on request from clients), but most is sold by the artist or through private art galleriesor dealers.

Illustrators usually create pictures for books, magazines, and other publications and for commercial products such as textiles, wrapping paper, stationery, greeting cards, and calendars. Increasingly, illustrators are working in digital format, preparing work directly on a computer. This has created new opportunities for illustrators to work with animators and in broadcast media.

Painting restorers preserve and restore damaged and faded paintings. They apply solvents and cleaning agents to clean the surfaces of the paintings, reconstruct or retouch damaged areas, and apply preservatives to protect the paintings. Restoration is highly detailed work and usually is reserved for experts in the field.