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Production artists are vital to any industry that involves visual work. They are the people who get the job done, laying out pages, separating images for screen printing, taking the designer's drawing of the Evil Elf character and deploying it in four different views on the video game box.
Many creative artists start out in production jobs. If you are quick, dedicated and learn quickly, it is possible to stay in this role and earn decent money. Design shops will often bring in a freelance production artist to fill in when they're overbooked, or to free up full-time staffers for more creative roles.