A good artist cover letter shows how you create works that are visually pleasing, engaging, or thought-provoking. Use this document to express your interest in the employer and cite your formal training and related skills like printmaking or animation.

The tips and examples below will help you write a cover letter that gets you interviews for your next job as an artist.

Artist Cover Letter Templates and Examples

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How To Write an Artist Cover Letter

Your artist cover letter should usually have five sections, in this order:

1. Heading

At the top of the page, include:

  • Your name and contact information
  • The date
  • The recipient’s name, title, organization, and contact information (when available)

(Note: Feel free to omit this section if you send your letter by email and your contact details are part of your signature.)

Example


Tyesha Stack
Story Artist | [email protected] | (123) 456-7891 | 123 My Street, Los Angeles, CA 08642

May 25, 2024

Clorinda Witt
Senior Hiring Manager
Skydance Animation
(753) 157-7531
[email protected]

2. Salutation

If you can’t find the recipient’s name, use a variation of “Dear Hiring Manager.”

Examples


Dear Mr. Goodman,

Dear Minuteman Press Hiring Manager:

3. “Hook” or introduction

Catch the reader’s attention by citing an achievement from your resume or a key credential the employer seeks in applicants.

Example


I recently implemented a new client liaison protocol that reduced revision requests by 45% over six months. The system improved communication efficiency and ensured swift adaptation to evolving briefs. I hope to apply similar strategic skills as a print production artist at Minuteman Press.

4. Body paragraph(s)

Explain why the job or employer interests you. Then, cite a few more of your key achievements or qualifications, possibly using bullet points.

Example


As an innovative creator with more than two years of experience in the animation industry, Skydance Animation’s commitment to designing incredible visuals by leveraging cutting-edge technology appeals to me. My recent accomplishments show I have the technical and creative abilities to excel on your team. They include:

  • Being selected out of 25 story artists to create a range of facial expressions for the main character of a feature film
  • Mentoring three student interns to improve their understanding of storyboarding and composition
  • Receiving praise five times during performance reviews for my exceptional work ethic and productivity

5. Closing

Finally, request an interview for the position.

Example


I look forward to attending an interview to discuss how my extensive experience producing branded literature and superb lettering skills can help your company continue its reputation for fast and high-quality service. Please contact me to set up an interview time.

Sincerely,

Terence Poole

Artist Cover Letter Tips

1. Show your creativity and success in your field

Start your letter strong by describing a key way you’ve applied your talents, honed your craft, or explored new styles or subject matter. Then, connect this work to the big picture by showing how it served a client, engaged, or appealed to its audience.

Example


Last year, I collaborated with two colleagues to create the color concepts for one of the top five animated films of the year. My supervisors praised my team’s use of paintings and marker sketches to produce a cohesive scheme. I am excited to demonstrate these skills as a story artist at Skydance Animation.

2. Explain why you’re drawn to the opportunity

On a separate document or sheet of paper, take 10 minutes to brainstorm why this job or employer intrigues you. For instance, maybe the role centers on developing community art programs, a key focus of your most recent position. Or maybe it works with ceramics, textiles, or another medium or material in line with your formal training. Also, consider what you know about the employer’s creative vision or sensibility and how that compares to yours.

When you’re done brainstorming, review your notes: Do any stand out as important or persuasive? Take another 10 minutes to brainstorm and elaborate on them. Repeat this process until you have two or three concise sentences that speak to the job opening. By adding these to your cover letter, you can show hiring managers you read their job posting and are responding to it directly.

Example


As an innovative artist with over seven years of on-call experience, I am excited by the chance to join the creative team at Minuteman Press. Your company’s reputation for leveraging cutting-edge illustration technologies aligns perfectly with my skill set.

3. Highlight your other art skills

Add a short list of bullet points to show your success in other key work areas for an artist, like composition, materials selection, or client relations. Show each skill in action by describing how you applied it toward a specific art project or endeavor. Consider also using this section to link hiring managers to relevant work samples in your online portfolio.

Example


My recent achievements include:

  • Training six interns to improve their use of the InDesign program, three of whom joined the company post-graduation as professional illustrators
  • Consistently working efficiently on tight timescales, delivering 76% of projects early while ensuring a 99% satisfaction rate over two years
  • Receiving glowing praise during my annual performance review for my strong understanding of branding and color selection

Artist Text-Only Cover Letter Templates and Examples

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Terence Poole
Print Production Artist | [email protected] | (385) 294-5035 | 432 First Street, Colorado Springs, CO 39503

May 18, 2024

Edgar Goodman
Senior Hiring Manager
Minuteman Press
(485) 244-5738
[email protected]

Dear Mr. Goodman,

I recently implemented a new client liaison protocol that reduced revision requests by 45% over six months. The system improved communication efficiency and ensured swift adaptation to evolving briefs. I hope to apply similar strategic skills as a print production artist at Minuteman Press.

As an innovative artist with over 7 years of on-call experience, I am excited by the chance to join the creative team at Minuteman Press. I believe that your company’s reputation for leveraging cutting-edge illustration technologies aligns perfectly with my skill set. My recent achievements include:

  • Training six interns to improve their use of the InDesign program, three of whom joined the company post-graduation as professional illustrators
  • Consistently working efficiently on tight timescales, delivering 76% of projects early while ensuring a 99% satisfaction rate over two years
  • Receiving glowing praise during my annual performance review for my strong understanding of branding and color selection

I look forward to attending an interview to discuss how my extensive experience producing branded literature and superb lettering skills can help your company continue its reputation for fast and high-quality service. Please contact me to set up an interview time.

Sincerely,

Terence Poole

P.S. I would love to tell you my work was featured in the May 2020 edition of the Artists & Illustrators magazine.

Artist Cover Letter Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best way to start a cover letter?-

With a clear example of your success in the role you’re pursuing. The concept of “show, don’t tell” absolutely applies to your cover letter’s first paragraph. For instance, don’t just tell the hiring manager you’re an “efficient illustrator.” Display you have this quality by describing a time you came in ahead of the deadline and what impact that had on overall production.

How long should my cover letter be?-

No more than one page, or around 250 words. Hiring managers expect an applicant’s cover letter to be shorter than their resume, so keep it concise. Resist the urge to tell your whole career story, even if you have an extensive background as an artist. Give just enough detail to pique hiring managers’ interest so they take a closer look at your resume.

What should my cover letter’s design look like?-

Your resume’s. Carry over all of that document’s basic format settings, like font style, line spacing, and page margins. Also, copy in the exact same contact header.

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