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Quick Sketch Artist
Artists express thoughts, feelings and ideas by creating paintings or drawings. After making preliminary sketches they complete the composition using acrylics, oils and watercolours.

Quick sketch artists draw people, animals, still life or landscapes etc. Some quick sketch artists work from photographs. Their work may be exhibited by various art galleries and sometimes even sold abroad. Some sell their work to the public by exhibiting at flea markets.

Although quick sketch artists do not necessarily have to have a tertiary training, it is extremely difficult to make a living from art alone, therefore a degree in graphic arts or art and design will give an artist access to other careers in the arts field, e.g. graphic design. To be a quick sketch artist takes a lot of talent, but also many hours of practice.

Satisfying Aspects
- utilizing your talent and pleasing others
- being creative
- the possibility of becoming famous or at least respected and well-known

Demanding aspects
- having to earn money in other jobs, thus not spending as much time as one would like on one's own artistic projects
- frustration with not achieving what one had envisaged
- having to do work that might satisfy a client but not necessarily your own creative instincts

- superior artistic ability
- creative, but practically inclined
- have imagination and initiative
- able to give form to thoughts and ideas
- able to handle frustration, criticism and rejection
- willing to work hard
- manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination
- good observational ability
- able to visualize objects three-dimensionally

School Subjects
Miinimum Grade 9
National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course

Each institution will have its own minimum entry requirements.

Compulsory Subjects: Visual Arts for degree course
Recommended Subjects: None

Degree: BA (Fine Art) - all universities.

Diploma: Various diplomas are offered at most universities of technology - DUT, VUT, TUT

Certificate and short courses: - various FET colleges and specialised art colleges.

- art galleries
- self-employment, as a freelance artist

National Arts Council    
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Gauteng, 2113
Tel: (011) 838-1383
Fax: (011) 838-6363

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