Illustrators provide a visual representation that corresponds to the content of the associated text or idea. Illustrations can help clarify difficult concepts or objects that are hard to describe textually. Illustrators can work for books, magazines, journals, comic books and other publications.

Scope notes

Includes courtroom sketchers. 
 Includes medical illustrators.

Alternative label

  • tattoo drawer

  • storyboard artist

  • colorist

  • court room sketcher

  • book illustrator

  • medical illustrator

  • comic strip artist

  • inker

  • pyrographic artist

  • penciler

  • drawer

  • drawing artist

  • cartoon drawer

  • comic drawer

  • comic book illustrator

  • colourist

  • comic strip designer

  • cartoonist

  • children's book illustrator

Regulatory aspect

To see if and how this occupation is regulated in EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland please consult the Regulated Professions Database of the Commission. Regulated Professions Database:


Essential skills and competences

Essential Knowledge

Optional skills and competences

Optional Knowledge



Concept URI