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Dog Art: Information About Becoming a Dog Artist

Find out what career path can train you to become a dog artist, and discover related job options. Read about the education dog artists need and learn about the potential income and employment projections.

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Career Definition for a Dog Artist

A dog artist is one who specializes in representations of canines, whether through drawing, painting, or computer-aided graphics. An artist who makes his or her career creating dog pictures may work in advertising, as an independent artist, or as an illustrator in a publishing house. The dog artist may prepare an illustration of a dog as part of a marketing campaign or may create a life-size oil painting of a favorite pet.

Required Education Degrees are available in fine arts, and trade schools or art institutes offer alternative instruction
Required Skills Artistic ability and experience working in a variety of artistic mediums
Career Outlook (2014 to 2024)* 2% for fine and craft artists
Median Annual Salary (2015)* $46,460 for fine artists

*Source: U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

Artists specializing in creating pictures of dogs may choose to prepare for an art career by obtaining a degree in fine arts from a college or university. The prospective dog artist may also attend a trade school or art institute. Course duration can be a few weeks in length to four or more years to earn a postgraduate degree. Typical classes to prepare for a career in dog art include drawing, oil painting, and graphic illustration.

Skills Required

An artist who pursues a career as a specialist in canine representations must be able to faithfully represent live subjects. Experience in working with various media such as pen and ink, crayons, pastels, and oils helps to provide variety in the finished art.

Career and Economic Outlook

As the Internet becomes more widely used by businesses and individuals, artists of all types, including those who specialize in dog art, are likely to be in demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS') predicted growth of 2% for fine and craft arts in the U.S. between 2014 and 2024. Because dog art is specialized, there are fewer positions available. A well-known independent artist can earn the median annual salary among fine artists, estimated as $46,460 by the BLS in May 2015.

Alternative Career Options

Alternative careers in this field include:

Self-Enrichment Teacher

Artists can share their love of dog art by teaching others in academic settings. Self-enrichment teachers may work for private organizations, schools or for themselves. These individuals teach students self-improvement topics, like art, cooking, history or language. Formal education may not be required, but demonstrated teaching work and experience in the field being taught are necessary. The BLS reported that between 2014 and 2024, 15% job growth would occur for this career. Self-enrichment teachers earned a median salary of $36,680 as of 2015.

Multimedia Artist and Animator

Artists focusing on illustration may be interested in learning about visual graphics and animation for various mediums. A degree may be needed, but more emphasis is placed on a strong portfolio and design skills. In 2015, the BLS noted that multimedia artists and animators earned a median salary of $63,970. These professionals were projected to have a 6% rise in employment from 2014 to 2024, per BLS data.

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