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Convergent evolution by BrokenMachine86
Sealion Anatomy by Servaline
Phymaturus maulense by uialwen
What Photography cannot do by LisaPannek
Archeology, Human Prehistory, Human Evolution
Australopithecus africanus by MartinSpurny
When proboscids were hunted in Brazil by Vitor-Silva
Logarithmic Timeline by Concavenator
Human Evolution by Concavenator
Botany and Mycology
Arum-Leaf Arrowhead Botanical Plate by SpoonwoodVisuals
Capparis spinosa L. by GiuliaMecca
Northern Lala Palms by WillemSvdMerwe
Welwitschia Views by WillemSvdMerwe
Ecology, Biomes, Food Webs, Species Interaction
Ecological Pyramid by Eurwentala
Red-Bellied Black Snake by Abiogenisis
Peregrine and puffins. Oil on canvas. by painterman33
Antarctica - Future scenarios by oxpecker
Entomology and Invertebrate Zoology
Bug Portrait_Cicindelidia cyanipleura by Smnt2000
Tick biting by RemesarIllustration
Cyclophyllidea Pseudophyllidea by RemesarIllustration
Polycelis tenuis by sumie--dh
Geology, Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy
Habitats for Life in the Solar System by Concavenator
Crew Dragon by BenFlex
Spacecraft of the 21st Century by YNot1989
Africa Geographic Map by seridio-red
Copperhead Educational Poster by SpoonwoodVisuals
Digging deep - Burrowing frogs + toads by artbyjrc
Colossus the reticulated python size comparison by Paleonerd01
American alligator size comparison by Paleonerd01
Bongo by agree-to-dissagree
Domestic Cat Skull (Anterior View) by Greensequin
Marine Biology and Ichthyology
Light my way - Bioluminescent fish by artbyjrc
Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus) SEALIFE by namu-the-orca
Short-finned pilot whale (G. macrorhynchus)SEALIFE by namu-the-orca
Killer whale (Orcinus orca) SEALIFE by namu-the-orca
Medicine and Human Anatomy
Some more leg anatomy by Almayer
Muscles and Bones #001 by gregor-kari
Human Skull Anatomy by TheDragonofDoom
Alas poor Yorick... by DemonML
Cells, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and DNA
Phytoplankton by Eurwentala
Peregrine Falcon painting by EsthervanHulsen
Porosteognathus efremovi by Ivanbel
Phylogeny and Comparative Anatomy
Animal brain size by Concavenator
Speculative Evolution
Trappistian [2.0] by AsafCastigliano

Group Info

Art in the service of natural science, e.g. paleontology, zoology, entomology, botany, medicine, archeology, anatomy, astronomy, ecology, geology, evolutionary biology and natural history. Animal, wildlife and nature art with an educational or scientific purpose.
Founded 3 Years ago
May 14, 2018


Group Focus
Common Interest

272 Members
398 Watchers
12,994 Pageviews


Welcome to Science Illustration

Submission Guidelines

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Tick Please submit to correct folders

What is a scientific/natural history illustrator? Definition from the GNSI: "A natural science illustrator is an artist who works in the service of science, creating images of animals, objects and complex processes that teach, inform, and create understanding of our world" - In short, this group accepts semi-realistic to realistic artworks which convey subjects of natural science.

Not permitted in this group:
x High fantasy, surreal or abstract art
x Cartoons (unless illustrated to a high degree of quality with an educational purpose)
x Original characters
x Fan-art (e.g. Jurassic Park)
x Photography (photos of sculptures/artworks permitted)
x Literature
x Domestic animals (unless for a scientific resource)
x Images that are not your own, e.g. re-post of someone else's art, or heavy plagiarism
x Poor image capture, e.g. too dark, inconsistent lighting, low resolution, lined paper, sketchbook spine visible (tip: scan your artworks, do not take photos with a smartphone)
x Low quality beginner drawings. This is not an elitist group, but many of our members are published illustrators and we wish to maintain a similarly high standard for all submissions

Tick Submissions must look like they would be appropriate and of sufficient quality for an educational publication
Tick We are more likely to accept artworks that have a clear scientific purpose, e.g. we prioritise diagrams over creative portraits

If your submission was declined it was for one of these reasons. Please do not take offence, send me (oxpecker) a note if you want a more detailed breakdown of how submissions are evaluated. At the end of the day this is just one of many thousands of groups on DA. If our criteria are not to your liking then I invite you to consider submitting your work to some of the other great groups listed in our Affiliate widget.

All traditional and digital mediums allowed (including sculpture), just no photography or literature.

Where can you study scientific illustration?
A great number of illustrators are self-taught, however there are opportunities to acquire accredited training in this field. See below:
GNSI career information
GNSI list of teaching institutions
Free online course: Natural History Illustration 101 (runs twice yearly)

About the group:
This group was created after the two major scientific illustration groups on DA (BioIllustration and Bioscience) became inactive and no longer approved submissions. With collaboration between members this group could grow into a support network and resource list for scientific illustrators and host community events. If you would like to contribute to this effort please send us a note.









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Orphydian Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2021  Hobbyist General Artist
Our brand-new group has a certain affinity with your group scope. Ofc there is a lot of filtering and selection going on like there should be on any group

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Evodolka Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2021  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i'd like to know if traditional pen&pencil art of an animal counts as educational?
i want to say yes as it shows the animals body plan and the descriptions in my animal art does have some fun facts in them, but if it doesn't count then i think this group might not be for me then
is there any zoology groups you could recommend for my animal art if this is the case?
Liopurodon4x Featured By Owner Edited Apr 16, 2020
Hi I just wanted to ask, what can I approve in these sketches and diagrams so they can be in the group 


Megalosaurus Bucklandii

Pic 1 ( I have a better picture of this)

Sketch one

Thank you regards Dr Abraham.
oxpecker Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2020  Professional General Artist
I have sent you a note.
Liopurodon4x Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2020
Got it
Suyhi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2020  Student Digital Artist
What counts as a  "Low quality beginner drawing"? Do you have examples?
oxpecker Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2020  Professional General Artist
It's a subjective decision of course, but I approve artworks that would not look amiss in a printed publication (e.g. magazine, scientific journal, educational book). This means the artist must not only have clear knowledge of the subject and technical skill, but can also capture the artwork in a professional manner (at high resolution with clean presentation). The majority of drawings that get turned away are too sketchy, stylised (e.g. cartoony), lack a clear sense of anatomical knowledge, lack detail, look like they've been copied from Jurassic Park, or are poorly photographed/scanned. I won't list examples, that would be unkind to the artists.
Arasteia Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the requests! :la:
oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2019  Professional General Artist
We're very pleased to have your work in the group :)
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