Illustrators conceptualize and create illustrations to represent information through images.
A university degree in visual arts with specialization in graphic design, commercial art, graphic communications or cartooning is usually required or a college diploma in graphic arts is required. Experience or training in multimedia design at a post-secondary, college or technical institution may be required. In addition to the arts, training in biology, engineering, architecture or a scientific field is usually required for medical, technical and scientific illustrators. Creative ability and artistic talent, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, is required for illustrators.