As a painter, I started my career with skills in fine art. The background that studies traditional painting, drawing, design and color theory is what can provide you with the edge you need to stand out among the most talented painters in the industry. Today many artists still offer traditional graphics or graphics, but are quickly replaced by high-tech computer renderings and 3D modeling.
Also by studying CG Illustration, you may find ways to simulate hand-drawn or watercolor paintings as well as create more realistic visual images. After learning 3D modeling and animation, I continued studying undergraduate courses for an architectural degree and work for a construction company. Here I learned technical drafting skills and building methods. This is very important to understand the construction process and terminology in order to be able to read plans and communicate with architects, builders and real estate agents.
After working with architects and building developers for several years, I opened my design studio. These entry-level jobs have brought me experience working with city government officials, real estate agents, talented designers, and on-site construction developers. The ability to communicate and understand the needs of these key professionals was an invaluable skill for knowing what was necessary to open my studio.
I am now able to meet the needs of other professionals in this field from my computer, while I only visit specific job sites or clients for very detailed or very large projects. One of the main skills I had to learn outside of school was the ability to communicate the benefits of what an architectural illustration could do to others to gain customer attention. Students can often focus only on the details of their craft by improving their technical and technological skills, and this can easily distract them from the incredibly important networks in order to attract customers.
It can be very difficult to find a job if you cannot communicate and market yourself to the professionals who need your services. Since this field is very specialized, anyone interested in pursuing it as a profession must learn to pass on to others what they offer. Architects should let their clients know how these skills can make them more money and increase sales.
In addition, the expansion of "green" sustainable building methodologies has created another huge marketplace looking for 3D modelers to help explain how new technology works through demos and animations. Various industries in related fields also seek the skills of 3D model designers and technical illustrators in furniture design, medical products, and retail products.
Generally speaking, architectural illustration is a very valuable asset to this industry. It's a place to belong, but it caters to a specific request from a progressive industry striving for a lighter environmental footprint. Regardless of whether the economy is good or bad, the project's perception encourages better communication, increases efficiency and reduces construction waste. It is extremely important to build a "green" and, most importantly, to survive in a harsh economy.