Types of Digital Artists

By Christopher Parker | December 20, 2016 | Default

There are more ways than one to be a legitimate digital artist, and each type of profession is important to the graphic design industry. Always make sure to choose the profession that suits you best and you are comfortable with. Here are eight professions for a work-ready digital artist:

  1. Editorial Designer

Being a graphic designer does not always require you to create a new digital artwork; it can also mean putting texts in a creative and organized manner within a page to make it look good. Editorial designing requires basic graphic designing skills, particularly with InDesign, and can be used for professions within industries making use of magazines, journals, newspapers, publishing companies, and others. Also, a freelancer can use it for other purposes he or she might need it in, particularly for profitable purposes. My friend who’s working for the Electricians Atlanta contracting company is complaining that electricians aren’t get paid as much as they deserve so he’s thinking of becoming a graphic designer as they get paid a lot more.


  1. Web/Mobile Designer

Countless companies who undergo various processes of advertising and web development need people they call web or mobile designers. Basic knowledge on HTML and CSS, and more skills related to Photoshop and Illustrator will be useful in this field.

  1. Photographer

Any contemporary photographer would be guilty of being a digital artist him or herself, and it is not quite surprising at all. Enough practice and skills with photo enhancing can really step up the game for photography. But this will mean that you should need to be acquainted with tools both for photography and graphic design. Nevertheless, this can bring many opportunities for individual and team photography projects or jobs.

  1. Illustrator

To be perfectly honest, a graphic designer does not equate to an illustrator. Some digital artists may not have the right skills for illustration, and vice versa. But the point here is that these two disciplines can be combined so that they can both benefit you in skills improvement. To be an effective illustrator, you should develop a unique style of your own to be recognized. With that, selling your artworks or getting hired by companies big on creativity will be most probable.

  1. 3D Designer/Animator

This is still one of the most popular professions for digital artists out there because it will always be awesome to be part of a gaming company or even a movie animating institution. As an animator, you can also work as an individual artist. The thing here is that it will require you to practice on using Maya, After Effects, 3D Max, and Adobe Flash. Using 3d animations I created some promotional material for a bail bondsman in Rancho Cucamonga and my friend who’s employed by a carpet cleaning company in Atlanta GA.

  1. Corporative Designer

This is a profession recommended to someone who went through a graphic design degree or a brief educational background on graphic design. This is important when you work for the large and institutionalized design agencies, or even for the packaging companies. It doesn’t need you to be an expert in a software, but you will have to work with what the clients need and want for the projects. Communication and interpretation is key to being a great corporative designer.


  1. Blogger

This is considered one of the contemporary professions but does not really entail high payment, especially at the start of the career. However, sharing your artworks, opinions, reviews, and updates on the graphic design community can do you great with enhancing public relations and improving yourself. Sometimes it is not enough to find a social media community; you should also a website or blog for yourself.

  1. Academician/Design Evangelist

There will come a time that you will be a much more professional artist than others, and people will come to you for advice, guidelines, opinions, and tips. To cater to a larger audience, you can always apply for a job in the graphic design department in a university, or you can attend seminars, conferences, and forums as a resource speaker. These will be great ways to give back to the graphic design industry which taught you how to do everything you know today.