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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 artworks which convey subjects of natural science.
Not permitted in this group:
Cartoon, high fantasy, surreal or abstract art
Fan-art (e.g. Jurassic Park)
Photography (photos of sculptures/artworks excepted)
Pet portraits (unless for a veterinary resource)
Poor image capture, e.g. too dark, inconsistent lighting, low resolution, lined paper, sketchbook spine visible
Low quality beginner drawings. This is not an elitist group but as scientific illustrators we aim for professionalism and accuracy. Submissions must look like they would be appropriate and of sufficient quality for an educational publication.
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 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.