Artist: Job Description Research Report

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One world-famous artist, Georgia O' Keeffe, expressed how being an artist made her feel, words that many other artists could relate to: "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way--things I had no words for." It is defined simply as "the human ability to make things" ("Artist"). Indeed, art is formed in many categories, mediums, and styles. It can be anything from a chef to a sculptor. Therefore, there is extraordinary opportunity for those who are artistically inclined. The career options are endless, and almost anyone has the ability for one of them.

When most people think of an artist, they picture a person in a studio sitting in front of an easel painting on a canvas. Painting, however, is but one of the many fields in art. It involves many media: acrylic paint, oil paint, watercolor, tempera, casein, collage, ink, or an original combination of the artist.

These are put on paper, canvas, cardboard, brick, walls, or other various surfaces. Painters almost always work alone in a studio; therefore they have to receive motivation and discipline from themselves, as apposed to from an employer. Once they get their piece to their liking, they may sell it to an art gallery, museum, or personal customers. (Brommer 156)

Sketch artists use pencil, pastels, or charcoal to copy what a person, scene, or other subject looks like. Sometimes this ability is used by a law enforcement agency to depict a courtroom scene, or a person needed to be identified ("Artists").

Sculptors manipulate a vast variety of materials, such as marble, wood, limestone, clay, granite, wax, and plasticine ("Artist"). These create three-dimensional figures that can be small or huge. The artist can sell these to galleries, shops, large...