Job Profile:      3D Artist (Three-Dimensional Artist)

Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

Job Information
35,100 65,730 106,980

Select Tasks
Integrate and develop visual elements, such as line, space, mass, color, and perspective, to produce desired effects, such as the illustration of ideas, emotions, or moods. Confer with clients, editors, writers, art directors, and other interested parties regarding the nature and content of artwork to be produced. Submit preliminary or finished artwork or project plans to clients for approval, incorporating changes as necessary.
Maintain portfolios of artistic work to demonstrate styles, interests, and abilities. Create finished art work as decoration, or to elucidate or substitute for spoken or written messages. Cut, bend, laminate, arrange, and fasten individual or mixed raw and manufactured materials and products to form works of art.
Monitor events, trends, and other circumstances, research specific subject areas, attend art exhibitions, and read art publications to develop ideas and keep current on art world activities. Study different techniques to learn how to apply them to artistic endeavors. Render drawings, illustrations, and sketches of buildings, manufactured products, or models, working from sketches, blueprints, memory, models, or reference materials.
Create sketches, profiles, or likenesses of posed subjects or photographs, using any combination of freehand drawing, mechanical assembly kits, and computer imaging. Create sculptures, statues, and other three-dimensional artwork by using abrasives and tools to shape, carve, and fabricate materials such as clay, stone, wood, or metal. Study styles, techniques, colors, textures, and materials used in works undergoing restoration to ensure consistency during the restoration process.
Develop project budgets for approval, estimating time lines and material costs. Shade and fill in sketch outlines and backgrounds, using a variety of media such as water colors, markers, and transparent washes, labeling designated colors when necessary. Collaborate with engineers, mechanics, and other technical experts as necessary to build and install creations.
Create and prepare sketches and model drawings of cartoon characters, providing details from memory, live models, manufactured products, or reference materials. Examine and test paintings in need of restoration or cleaning to determine techniques and materials to be used. Create graphics, illustrations, and three-dimensional models to be used in research or in teaching, such as in demonstrating anatomy, pathology, or surgical procedures.
Brush or spray protective or decorative finishes on completed background panels, informational legends, exhibit accessories, or finished paintings. Trace drawings onto clear acetate for painting or coloring, or trace them with ink to make final copies. Apply solvents and cleaning agents to clean surfaces of paintings, and to remove accretions, discolorations, and deteriorated varnish.
Model substances such as clay or wax, using fingers and small hand tools to form objects. Collaborate with writers who create ideas, stories, or captions that are combined with artists' work. Provide entertainment at special events by performing activities such as drawing cartoons.
Render sequential drawings that can be turned into animated films or advertisements. Market artwork through brochures, mailings, or Web sites. Photograph objects, places, or scenes for reference material.
Set up exhibitions of artwork for display or sale. Frame and mat artwork for display or sale. Submit artwork to shows or galleries.
Teach artistic techniques to children or adults.

Select Abilities
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you. The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists. The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object. The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs. The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). The ability to see details at a distance. The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions. The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead. The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting. The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated. The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Tools Used
Acrylic paintbrushes Alcohol lamps Angle grinders
Artists' fountain pens Artists' palette knives Artists' palettes
Ball mills Bevel tools Brazing tools
Bush hammers Bust armatures Camera lenses
Ceramic bead bars Clay cutters Clay mixers
Computer data input scanners Detail carving tools Die grinders
Digital calipers Digital hydrometers Digital pyrometers
Digital scales Digital thermometers Digital viscosometers
Dipping tongs Drying cabinets Dust masks
Edging tools Electric kilns Electric potters wheels
Electric saws Encaustic scrapers Encaustic spatulas
Enlarger timers Extruder dies Fettling knives
Figure armature systems Gas kilns Glass kilns
Graduated measuring cylinders Hand chisels Hand glaze mixers
Handheld clay extruders Handlemaker tools Head armatures
Heat resistant gloves Kick wheels Kiln carts
Kiln oxygen probes Kiln ventilation hoods Laptop computers
Lens filters Linoleum cutters Loop tools
Mat cutters Metal inert gas MIG welders Mold knives
Oil paintbrushes Oxyacetylene torches Paint spray guns
Personal computers Photo enlargers Photo quality computer printers
Photography tripods Plasma cutters Pneumatic chisels
Pot lifts Potter's ribs Pottery cleanup tools
Pottery duster brushes Pottery kilns Power sanders
Print squeegees Printing tongs Processing trays
Protective safety glasses Pugmills Raku kilns
Raku tongs Remote firing flashes Riffler rasps
Round hole punches Saber saws Sandblasting guns
Sculpting thumbs Sgraffito tools Shielded arc welders
Single lens reflex SLR cameras Slab mats Slab rollers
Square hole cutters Stationary lighting systems Steel rasps
Stone carving chisels Stone carving knives Stone saws
Strobe flashes Sumi paintbrushes Tablet computers
Theromcouples Thin line sculpting tools Tile cutters
Tile presses Tool sharpening stones Triple beam scales
Utility knives Watercolor paintbrushes Welding facial shields
Wood carving chisels Wood carving gouges Wood carving skews

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