I'm a Senior Designer with a strong portfolio of work for major clients. I mentor the other designers in my studio and oversee all projects before they make it to an Account Director and on to client. I earn a very good salary at the moment but feel like I've hit as far as I can go as a designer. I'm currently attempting a move from my current employer to an International Agency as an Art Director.
As a child I used to spend my days drawing 24/7. I lost interest in High School and never took up illustration or drawing of any kind after that. I can do very basic sketches etc. but really found my outlet on my computer instead of on paper.
My question is... Are illustration skills ESSENTIAL as an Art Director? My feeling tells me they are for scamps / renderings of concepts etc.? Are there any Art Directors who compose initial ideas on system?
I'd appreciate if someone could also elaborate on the Art Director / Copywriter relationship.
Thanks for any feedback.