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Art In The Professions


Ways to use your art in non-artistic careers

What does this mean KovoWolf? Well let me indulge! Art can really be applied to any work force if you are in the position to be creative. Whether that's welding, photography, or a desk job.

Applying your artistic skills in a non-artistic work environment can be crucial and at times, benefit you in making you become a valuable asset to any company. So the purpose of this PE article is to shed some light on ways your artistic insight can benefit your employer and yourself! 





A Good Eye


It's safe to say that anyone who is artistic can bring a lot to the table in any career. You have the passion for things that are creative, unique and your own but can also follow guidelines and direction if need be. Think of it like coloring within the lines of a page in a coloring book. Being uniform but at the same time being totally unique.

One of the many things about being artistic means you have a good eye. You can apply your keen eye to many different aspects within the workforce. Below you will find some tips on how you can apply it accordingly!

Tips - How To Use Your Good Eye In Random Work Environments
  • Desk / Office Job
    • Presentations - You have an eye for what stands out and what doesn't. You can apply your artistic skills to create beautiful, well versed and aesthetically pleasing presentations!
    • Bringing New Ideas To The Table - As an artist we have learned to think outside the box. Because of this we often can find ourselves able to solve rather complicated ( or easy ) problems by presenting new ideas. You can focus on thinking outside the box and approach the ideas in an effective and productive manner.
  • Photography
    • Visual Space - You have a keen eye for framing. This is particularly useful in photography when you are framing your subjects.
    • Atheistic Scenery - You have a natural ability to find beauty in the most likely or unlikely of places to host a good backdrop or dramatic scene. You can find beauty and creative spaces in the natural or architectural world.
  • Examples: Directionless by techgnotic Culver City Wall by makepictures Round and Round by Matthias-Haker Monochrome Sunburst by Wethrildae
  • Retail
    • Product Displays - The ability to present product in a unique way. For example, those awesome soda boxes constructed to look like Mario or a football for game day!
    • Product Photographs - If you are a photographer this will truly make or break a good product. If you are selling anything online or even on a company website, this makes a huge difference! Make your company shine with your artistic style and a good, well photographed product!
     
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"Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit." - Helena Rubinstein
 






Make An Impression


As an artist we are endowed with a certain sense of color, schemes, and understanding of how something would look good vs. off. In any career, depending on what you are doing, there's always the possibility of having to present something. Say a report, an email, or even an info graph. You can see how an artistic mind can produce something aesthetically pleasing. For example: 
    

Not As Appealing                                   Appealing





Not As Appealing

:bulletred: Dark and off set colors
:bulletred: Lacks imagination and creativity
:bulletred: Lines are over lapping which causes confusion
:bulletred: The font face is to compact

✓ Appealing


:bulletgreen: Very clean
:bulletgreen: Great use of bright colors with a smooth background
:bulletgreen: Easy to read with very appealing font face
:bulletgreen: Great use of space
 



So you can see in these examples that it can bring something fresh, new, and make an ever lasting impression not only for you but for the company. This can apply to any job where you have to present something to a boss, a client or customer and people really pick up on your creative vibe so don't be shy to show it off whenever you can.
 





Don't Be Shy - Let Yourself Shine!


Being creative allows us the avenue of understanding how to think outside the box. As an artist we sometimes run into art blocks and we, as artists, have created and developed our own way of handling those road blocks. So it's natural as an artist to help foster new ideas. This makes you stand out and become more of an asset to the company or whomever you work for.

"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra." - Jimmy Johnson


Let your creativity flow and if you have a good idea for a presentation, photography shoot, or just in general an idea to help improve something in the work force speak up! Don't be afraid to use your artistic skills in your work environment. It will benefit you!

Don't be shy in letting your co-workers know that you are an artist either. This can lead to commissions and open a new avenue for your artwork and being able to do more of it! So put yourself out there and let yourself shine!

 

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:iconkirasel:
Kirasel Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
Nice article.  I especially find the section about the graphs useful - I'm not particularly good at doing infographic like things, so that was a pretty big help.
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I am glad that it's helped :)
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pinkandpurple13 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful! I might use this for school!
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
:love:
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Vincent-Wullf Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow... this is really sweet. I've thought of art as a secondary job but this is some really helpful guidelines! I'll have to remember this for the future
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Great, I am so glad you find this helpful! :)
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Vincent-Wullf Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yup I'm glad I found it
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
:heart:
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Vincent-Wullf Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^_^
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
^__^
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Vincent-Wullf Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^_______^
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! This is a really useful article! Not to mention well-written with good examples.
Thank you so much for writing it!
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much SinistrosePhosphate  :D I appreciate it and I'm so glad that you found it useful and informative!
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You are more than welcome! 
I work in a completely non-artistic career, but I do have to make presentations on a pretty regular basis. Knowing that I can use some of what's usually considered "artsy" designs and tricks for them for work. It's a nice suggestion that I'll hopefully be able to use in the future! :D
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Let me know how it goes if you remember to :) Best of luck!
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely! 
My next presentation won't come around until later in the year, but I'll definitely remember your tips and pointers! :D
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Excellent! :) wishing you all the best!
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a million! :) 
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Lupus-deus-est Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Professional Artist
I work in GIS (mapping and aerial orthophoto mosaicing) and it's somewhat less subtle in this field. Sometimes I need to rebuild an entire structure with only a few usable pixels - and it all has to precise; only a 5cm error margin.
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
Oooo GIS :) my husband is a geologist/paleontologist. So we're familiar with it! Good on you for having that awesome skill!
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pearwood Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Well done.  Thanks.
Steve
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you pearwood! I appreciate your compliments and I hope you found the article to be an interesting and informative read :)
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FrenkieArt Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
Ah, good, I started to thing that I'm weird when after teaching myself to draw I started in my job paying attention that colours works well together in Excel :D
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yes :) atheistic in any work format is great to have and appreciated!
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Stettafire Featured By Owner Edited Sep 10, 2015  Professional Writer
A very interesting article :D
Until recently I was in a temp job working as a Graphics Designer for a web development company. 
My art skills helped, but unfortuanly the company was looking for a person who also knew the following things:
HTML - check
CSS - check
Responsive Design - Nope
JavaScript - Nope
So, that job didn't last long, when my contract was up I had no more job anymore. 
I won't complain though, I think it was a good learning experience. I think that above all what people need to succeed in life as a whole is dedication - don't give up, keep trying! You'll get there in the end of you keep working at it! :D
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yea it's really common to see that! They want a graphic designer + someone who can do web development as well. It isn't uncommon to have those traits but sometimes the best graphic designers generally do the art to specification and then the coders just insert it / upload it.

On the other hand graphic designers are generally working directly with graphics for the web so common knowledge isn't unheard of either :)

I'm really sorry to hear you lost the temp job! More will come down your way I'm sure :) 
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Stettafire Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Professional Writer
Indeed, looking for advertisments for graphic designers and javascript is in high demand. 
It was a fairly small company, so they were really looking for somone is a fairly wide range of skills, which is somthing I can understand:)

Yeah, I can work photoshop, do editing, a little logo design and stuff if needed, but in terms of web design I was a bit out of my depth :P

No worries:) I was bummed out at first, but I'm looking for a new job now, so it will all turn out fine:)
I havn't finished my degree yet, which I know will help. And if I keep doing temp jobs I will gain experience and one day I will find somthing a little more pernament:)
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yea, I see that a lot! You basically have to know how to do -everything- now. Which is rather unfair because some of us are best at graphic design vs. coding. Javascript is a whole other ball park lol unless that is a passion of yours not many people pick up JS. Especially if you are a graphic designer as that has nothing really to do with your work other then applying graphics.

You'll find something you enjoy and excel at :) you can use your skills and talents as well. Best of luck on finding that position!
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Stettafire Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Professional Writer
I have looked at a lot of job adverts and they are just crazy O.O
The amount of requirments is insane:P
I think, what I will do is call a bunch of places to see if I can do some job shadowing, I think that might be a step on the right direction:)

Thank you very much:) I also wish you the best of luck in what you are doing as well:)
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
Good luck to you Stettafire! :) If you ever need any help with coding idea's, etc. let me know! :love: Happy to help out a fellow deviant! Especially if allows you to be successful in the real world!
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Stettafire Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Professional Writer
Thank you very much:)
Actually it was really helpful to just chat, I think somtimes I can get stuck in my own head:P
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
No worries :) It's always good to hash out loud idea's or thoughts! That's what makes this community so unique and great! I've had some really refreshing and engaging conversations with several artists :love:
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UszatyArbuz Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015   Digital Artist
Interesting article! :)
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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