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Phymaturus maulense by uialwen
What Photography cannot do by LisaPannek
Thesis - Red-tailed Hawk by windfalcon
The Desert Porpoise by namu-the-orca
Archeology, Prehistory and Human Evolution
Proconsul by MartinSpurny
Homo rudolfensis by Eremobates
Taung Child by Eremobates
Bronze Knife by juniorWoodchuck
Botany and Mycology
Amanita by Chotacabras
Capsules by joshine96
Bread fungis by Thehiveh
Peacock Flower by Gardenpot
Ecology, Biomes, Food Webs, Species Interaction
Red Sea City by Ama-Encyclopika
Birds eating Insects II by LisaPannek
Kolibri by LisaPannek
Illustration: shore by Kuroi-kisin
Entomology and Invertebrate Zoology
Sterphus aurifrons by uialwen
Insects by Danga-SunDragon
Atta Queen (Tanajura) by Thehiveh
Aplysina Archeri by Thehiveh
Geology, Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy
Colemanite by Stigerea
Ettringite by Stigerea
South America-- by FMoeller
Kmap-1 by mitoXD
Calyptocephalella gayi by uialwen
Rhinoderma rufum by uialwen
Herpetology congress poster final by uialwen
Callopistes maculatus by uialwen
Zebra Day! by Jose1106
Moonlit Zebra by oxpecker
Darwin fox by uialwen
Puma by uialwen
Marine Biology
Sealion Anatomy by Servaline
Blue Hunt by Ama-Encyclopika
Balaenoptera Musculus by uialwen
Illustration: fishes by Kuroi-kisin
Medicine and Human Anatomy
Alas poor Yorick... by DemonML

Mature Content

pregnancyVector by Thehiveh
Sketchbook 2.1 by MrSidy
Anatomy study 2 - arm muscles by str4yk1tt3n
Microbiology, Molecular Biology and DNA
Streptococcus pneumoniae (Petri-dish) by Thehiveh
Halcyon kingfishers by Leaubellon
Prehistoric scabbardfish Anenchelum by mixtix-freeman
Phylogeny and Comparative Anatomy
Stegosauridae skull comparison by Dennonyx
Speculative Evolution
Eowenah Chest Skeletomuscular Anatomy by legendguard

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 9 Months ago
May 14, 2018


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Welcome to Science Illustration

:new: Contributor positions: Apply here

Tick Join requests are automatically approved
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 Cartoon, high fantasy, surreal or abstract art
x Original characters
x Fan-art (e.g. Jurassic Park)
x Photography (photos of sculptures/artworks excepted)
x Literature
x Pet portraits (unless for a veterinary resource)
x Poor image capture, e.g. too dark, inconsistent lighting, low resolution, lined paper, sketchbook spine visible
x 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.
Hi everyone,

This group is almost one week old! I hope to increase its growth by inviting a team of Contributors to help me process submissions and maintain activity.

I would prefer to enlist passionate people with an academic background or intense interest in the natural sciences. As this is a voluntary position I can only ask that you participate as much as you are willing or able, but active members are especially appreciated.

Contributor duties:

• Requesting the addition of up to 10 deviations into the group per day
• Evaluating and approving incoming submissions
• Sorting misplaced deviations into correct folders
• Approving and submitting affiliation requests to science and nature themed groups
• (Optional) Promote this group on your profile, signature, journal or next deviation description
• Contact me if you have any technical issues or suggestions for the group
• You are not required to answer comments on the front page, however if you feel prepared to address them you are more than welcome to. Please use correct grammar and a professional tone

Considerations when selecting deviations for the group:

• Abide by submission requirements on the front page (e.g. no Jurassic Park fan-art, photography or pet portraits) - disregard for these rules may result in a warning
• Look for image quality - lighting, resolution and artistic ability
• Try to focus on filling up the more empty folders in this group, e.g. Medicine, Ecology, Geology
• Select deviations from active accounts, prioritise newer deviations (dead accounts will not approve requests)
• Request work from a variety of artists, don't spam one artist with 10 submission requests

If you are interested in volunteering your time as a Contributor please comment below.

Kind regards,

Pip (oxpecker)
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Harmony1965 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for requesting my Eagle Owl artwork for your gallery. I am happy to have been considered :)
oxpecker Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
It's an honour to have your work in the group :)
Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2018
Are geographical/geological maps allowed in this group?
oxpecker Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, we do have a geology folder.:…
We do not accept photos or satellite imagery so maps will need to be fully illustrated by you.
Life-Forms Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The geographic maps are allowed in the
Geology, Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy folder.
jennomat Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Professional
Thank you very much for the request! I'm so glad, you started this group, this is just what I was looking for. I joined immediately.
oxpecker Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
That's wonderful to hear, thank you for joining!
RiverRaven Featured By Owner May 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It's great that you want to breathe new life into scientific illustrations! The other two groups were, indeed, quite dead. I'm also a self-taught artist, currently making illustrations about sea mammals, and have studied biology, focusing on animals (including evolution).
oxpecker Featured By Owner May 21, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a pleasure to have you in the group, your artworks are very welcome. It is a shame about the other groups as they were really wonderful when active.
Ama-Encyclopika Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for making this group! :)
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