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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 biological, medical, ecological and archeological illustrations with a focus on scientific values.
Not permitted in this group:
Cartoon, high fantasy, surreal or abstract art
Fan-art (e.g. Jurassic Park)
Pet portraits (unless for a veterinary resource)
Poor image capture, e.g. too dark, low resolution, lined paper
Low quality beginner drawings. This is not an elitist group but as scientific illustrators we aim for professionalism and accuracy
Please do not take offense if your submission is declined. Send me (oxpecker) a note if you wish to contest my decision.
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 (enrolment takes place once a year around April)
About the Admin (oxpecker):
I am a freelance illustrator currently writing my thesis for the Natural History Illustration Honours program at the University of Newcastle Australia. I undertook previous studies in prehistory, archeology and paleontology at the University of Nottingham UK and Macquarie University AU. Send me a note, start a conversation, I’d love to hear your ideas for this group.
I created this group after noticing that two major scientific illustration groups on DA (BioIllustration and Bioscience) had become inactive and were no longer approving submissions. My aim is to maintain this group, create a support network and resource list for scientific illustrators, and perhaps host community events in the future. If you would like to contribute to this effort please send me a note.