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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
Homo rudolfensis by Eremobates
Taung Child by Eremobates
Bronze Knife by juniorWoodchuck
Late Stone Age Arrow by juniorWoodchuck
Botany and Mycology
Peacock Flower by Gardenpot
Bee Bush by Gardenpot
Angel's Trumpet by Gardenpot
Types of Fruit by Eurwentala
Ecology, Biomes, Food Webs, Species Interaction
Dessin Oiseau by Gredinia
River Insect Illustration by bigredsharks
Thesis - Red-tailed Hawk by windfalcon
Finger sucking good by marcgosselin
Entomology and Invertebrate Zoology
Phanaeus demon by albertoguerra
Membracis mexicana and its nymphs by albertoguerra
Science Fact Friday: Hermit Crab Anatomy by Alithographica
A Wonder of Nature by Eurwentala
Geology, Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy
Great Lakes Earth Map by Jdailey1991
Sound device 'sees' darkest depths by marcgosselin
Juno around Jupiter by Emigepa
Table of Astronomy by Bnspyrd
Red-eyed tree frog drawing by Kot-Filemon
Komodo dragon by Reptangle
Crocodile and Gharial by batworker
Phymaturus maulense by uialwen
Monotremata and Marsupialia 1 by Gredinia
Black wolf by LauriieT
Deer by LauriieT
Koala Drawing by Kot-Filemon
Marine Biology
Basketstar by Reptangle
40 - Nudibranch - by Loisa
17 - Shark by Loisa
Fish Anatomy vol. 1 by Maleiva
Medicine and Human Anatomy
Sketchbook 2.1 by MrSidy
Anatomy study 2 - arm muscles by str4yk1tt3n
UOFT Medical journal by marcgosselin
Airway, hardware by marcgosselin
Microbiology, Molecular Biology and DNA
Worlds within Worlds by Eurwentala
Needle felted Pine grosbeak male 3 by Hillamer
Rubidgeinae from South Africa by Vitor-Silva
Phylogeny and Comparative Anatomy
Stegosauridae skull comparison by Dennonyx
Speculative Evolution
Species Profile: Qauteriodalis by Terraseninian

Group Info

Art in the service of 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 4 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 biological, medical, ecological and archeological illustrations with a focus on scientific values.

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
x Literature
x Pet portraits (unless for a veterinary resource)
x Poor image capture, e.g. too dark, low resolution, lined paper
x 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.
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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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! :)
oxpecker Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for joining. I hope it continues to grow.
Ama-Encyclopika Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me too. I meant to also ask - my work "Feast" of the dolphins and tuna you put in "Marine Biology"...would it be okay to move it to "ecology/species interaction"? I see that folder is empty, and if it fits the idea, I think it may work better there. Thank you! :)
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