Illustration jobs require candidates to understand the concept, idea or a story and come up with a page layout and drawings. They are expected to work as a part of the team liaising with editors, authors or designers on a project. Typically, an Illustration job candidate has to work in the publishing industry for newspapers, magazines, books, catalogues or with design consultancies and advertising agencies. With no formal academic requirement, an Illustration job candidate must have excellent artistic skills, understanding of fine art, illustrations and graphic design. However, there are a lot of specialized courses that one can undertake to enhance their skills. The candidate is expected to essentially work to a brief, within an agreed time frame and deadlines. Typical responsibilities of an illustration job include undertaking relevant research on the subject, generating ideas, drawing rough sketches, revising them as per discussions and finalizing the illustrations. Over the course of time, an illustration job candidate may specialize in a specific area ranging from childrens literature to medical art and create a robust and sound portfolio of work to showcase ones abilities. Most Illustration job candidates move to setting up their own boutiques and do freelance for their clients post negotiating contracts and timescales.