What does a Lead Artist do?

Artists work in various mediums including fine arts, crafts, desktop publishing, or animation. They work as multimedia artists, animators, graphic designers, or fine artists and might work on teams throughout the creative process to complete a project or create a product. Artists review project proposals to determine if they can produce a specific idea. They design original concepts or evaluate concepts submitted by team members, including a project manager or copywriter, and make creative suggestions while offering up solutions to any perceived issues.

Artists typically manage the entire design and production of the images, which could involve designing the original concept, meeting with team members to finalize the concept, and managing the art’s quality throughout the production process. They maintain a project schedule, evaluate progress, and debrief the team, keeping them apprised of progress and concerns. Artists sometimes work closely with art directors, copywriters, and project managers to ensure the artwork is of high quality and delivered on time. There is no required degree for an artist, but some have a bachelor's or associate's degree in art for their particular expertise, and they must have a demonstrable portfolio.

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Lead Artist Salaries

Average Base Pay

£43,362 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£27K
Median: £43K
£68K
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Lead Artist Career Path

Learn how to become a Lead Artist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L4
Lead Artist
£43,362/yr
L7
Head Artist
£34,192/yr
L12
Chief Artist
£34,192/yr
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Lead Artist Insights

Read what Lead Artist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
MPCMPC
3D Layout Artist
19 Apr 2021

“workers were fun to work with and I am still good friends with some of them to this day”

NetherRealmNetherRealm
Associate Artist
22 May 2019

“Everyone ive met is awesome and if you give resepct and do good work you will receive it”

Walt Disney CompanyWalt Disney Company
Illustrator
18 Jul 2021

“Every day did not feel like work and I enjoyed the people I had worked with.”

Bobbi Brown CosmeticsBobbi Brown Cosmetics
Retail Artist
25 Aug 2021

“Pay is poor even with commission but I enjoy what I do enough to stay and I can live comfortably.”

MPCMPC
Techanim Key Artist
28 Feb 2020

“I personally had many opportunities to progress within my department and got a promotion fairly early in my career.”

ArnottsArnotts
Retail Artist
13 Feb 2021

“The counter I was on the pay wasn’t great compared to other counters who were doing the same job”

Tapps GamesTapps Games
Illustrator
7 Oct 2019

“CEO distante da força de trabalho e faz decisões que não retrata a realidade dos empregados ou do mercado.”

YaymakerYaymaker
Artist
26 Jun 2019

“I had a great working relationship with my first boss/leader along with fellow town teams.”

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