Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators


Will "Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is very little chance of this occupation being replaced by robots/AI. This is further validated by our poll, which suggests a 22% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Totally Safe

or 4% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

People Employed


as of 2019

Median Annual Wage


or $24.30 hourly

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How this compares with other jobs: 130 out of 707

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Median Annual Wage (US)

Job description

Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

SOC Code: 27-1013

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Cyrano Vital (Small chance) says
I think jobs that are creative and involve a certain amount of craftsmanship will be demanded even more in the near future. I bet such jobs will flourish wherever there is a human-machine setup, with machines (a.i. included) boosting human capabilities and humans pouring sensibility. I see gary kasparov's recent activities around a.i./human interactions as an inspiration and a realistic pathway for creative endeavours.
Aug 19, 2020 at 08:28 AM
Emily (Small chance) says
There will always be people wanting to express themselves in creative ways, even if robots are capable of doing it better.
Apr 26, 2020 at 07:30 PM
Lola (Could go either way) says
Perception of skills involved by employers tends to be that many can be replaced by GIS systems.
Mar 04, 2020 at 07:41 AM
Kim says
No, art is not about perfection and strict rules.
Dec 31, 2019 at 12:52 AM
Hannah (No chance) says
Robots don't have creativity they just repeat stuff
Sep 23, 2019 at 05:09 PM
Some dude with a keyboard says
They can easily learn and adapt (machine learning).
Though they might not be able to create a brand new style of art, they will easily be able to collate hundreds of thousands of human paintings, in order to create something incredibly abstract, mesmerizing, realistic, cartoonish, or minimalistic. What may seem brand new and out of thin air, is the collection of hundreds of similar paintings, put together.
Jan 25, 2020 at 02:55 PM
VW____ says
if it is true that they can learn but not as a human being, art comes from thought and although robots will know EVERYTHING and can create new drawing styles, these drawings cannot represent emotions as deep as a person who is feeling them would while doing the illustration
Jul 14, 2020 at 02:02 AM
Bruh (No chance) says
We kind of do as well
Feb 18, 2020 at 07:36 PM
Cyrano Vital says
I think it's impossible for us to put into a box what artificial intelligence will be able to do in 20 years time. I guess it's safer to suppose it will develop way ahead our current assumptions, and that it will show us a world of new possibilities and challenges. Alpha Go proved that machines yes are capable of creativity. I bet a.i./human setups will be more common in the future, and it will change our limited perception on what it means having "robots" within the work environment. Human + a.i. works better than human-only or a.i.-only. I suggest taking a look on Gary Kasparov's biography, specially his work with free style chess competitions. It's inspiring...
Aug 19, 2020 at 08:40 AM
Ney Oliveira (Likely) says
Machines in constant evolution and technical improvement, CNC and 3D printing increasingly perfect and fast, in the production of 3D animation the capture of movements will drastically reduce the number of professional animators.
Jun 19, 2019 at 05:50 PM
Samax (Small chance) says
Apps attempting to replicate drawing and painting are pretty good. As AI get more sophisticated, I imagine it could happen eventually.

I think globalization and content mills enabled by technology are currently the issue for illustrators in the US.
May 18, 2019 at 05:47 AM
Ana (Highly likely) says
Robots have better hand to eye coordination, and can probably paint or sculpt faster, with more detail, and neater. They can memorize any picture, and copy it down, completely
Apr 11, 2019 at 09:22 PM
Pharah says
They can do that a long time ago (hello printer). But it's the human who designed the work.
May 14, 2019 at 03:55 PM
Nani says
You're talking about merely copying/producing something, not the creative thought process making art. Machines can produce and replicate better than humans, but creativity is a different thing.
May 15, 2019 at 02:20 AM
Bruh says
They do, but creating stuff isn't all about hand to eye coordination, you know?
It's probably going to be one of the very last ones to get automated.
Feb 18, 2020 at 07:47 PM
VW____ says
Jul 14, 2020 at 02:04 AM

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