Editorial Positions

Illustrator

About the Position

Illustrators provide a necessary dimension of creativity and aesthetic appeal to the paper.

Illustrations accompany articles, add interpretive visual commentaries to our written content and, importantly, break the monotony of the page. As artists for the paper, illustrators work with layout designers and graphic artists to create collaborative feature and issue design. The Daily Californian acts as an environment for illustrators to showcase their work, build their portfolios and develop their skills with fellow designers. Illustrators may work in any medium and must be timely, responsive and open to learning and growing as artists in conjunction with the needs of the paper. Good illustrators are able to clearly portray the ideas in written content with an eye-catching visual presentation and should also have a good grasp of color theory and composition. Any knowledge of animation or web design is a plus.

Application Materials

  • Resume (PDF)
  • Cover letter (PDF)
  • Five sample illustrations (PDFs or photos)
  • Interview (invitation only)
  • Design test (invitation only)

Work Requirements

  • One illustration per week
  • Attend weekly design meetings

Leadership Opportunities

  • After serving as an illustrator, a staffer may go on to become an assistant design editor or the design editor.

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