Theodore Johnson, the graphic artist


Chad Bryan, Youthlink Writer

Do you have a passion for art and want to work in an art-related field? Have you ever considered studying graphic arts to become a graphic artist? Do you even know what graphic arts is?

Graphic arts comprises the crafts, industries and professions related to designing and printing on paper and other substrates. It is also a type of fine art which is typically two-dimensional and includes photography, calligraphy, drawing, painting, printmaking, lithography and bindery, among other things. Graphic artists analyse, create and plan visual solutions by applying various specialised techniques within various forms of media.

Job Description

Theodore Johnson, a young graphic artist, describes his role in the organisation to which he is employed as "designing 2D advertising logos and other images which can be applied to posters, brochures and flyers".

What People Think He Does?

Johnson notes that people normally confuse his job description as a graphic artist with that of a graphic designer and sometimes associate his title with website and motion-graphics design. "People think that as a graphic artist I do website and motion graphics, which are different. People sometimes confuse graphic artistry with graphic designing."

Most Challenging Part of His Job

The most challenging aspect of his job is meeting a client's demand, especially one who may not even know what he/she necessarily wants.

Best Part of His Job

The best part of Johnson's job is the fluidity it grants him to be creative on certain requests or projects. As a result, he is able to explore certain colours, designs, shapes and models, much to his clients' delight.

Prerequisite Training, Qualifications and Skill

Johnson believes that having the mind of an artist and the concepts of a designer are unique skills to have if considering a career as a graphic artist. Also, there's a need to be adept at handling illustrating software. He also recommends possessing a fine arts degree from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

What Subjects Will Be Needed?

Students wishing to pursue a career in graphic artistry should pursue art, mathematics, English and two other subjects; only five subjects are required to attend Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.