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Illustration covers a variety of areas.

Most often, a unique style attracts editors to employ an illustrator to illustrate a book (including children's books) or story articles in newspapers and magazines.

Illustrators are also employed by movie makers, advertising agencies, and TV production companies for the all-important storyboards that help guide directors to a finished film product. The profession also covers the gamut from cartooning to medical or science illustration,

Like graphic designers, a large number of illustrators are self-employed, and require not only talent and technical skills but personal tenacity, and a strong ability to sell themselves and their ideas,

Like many other positions within the commerical art field, the illustrator's portfolio is the main tool used to show-off your talent and attract work.

Ready to start a career as an illustrator?

Just up ahead, check out some of the Web's best resources for finding college courses, professional networking for jobs...and for showcasing your portfolio online.

More about illustration careers around the Web:

How to Start Your Illustration Career
- Get the lowdown from a professional illustrator with great advice on what it takes, insider tips on building a portfolio, and related resources to more advice and information. - Find industry news, feature articles, product reviews and related resources for graphic artists, illustrators and web designers.

Theispot - Join an online community for illustrators with tips on marketing work and communicating with other artists worldwide.

Folioplanet - Browse to find illustrators online with a wealth of portfolios and examples. Free listing available for illustrators, or opt for a fee-based portfolio setup onsite.

The Society of Illustrators - Membership info, history, traveling shows, museum shop, with career guidance resources including research and scholarship databases.

The Association of Illustrators - Here's a top UK site featuring an online image bank, industry directory and a well-trafficked discussion board.

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