Science Illustrators

If you have a hard time distinguishing a tibia from a fibula, a science illustrator may be able to help. A science illustrator creates accurate renderings of anatomy, specimens on microscopic slides, and all things science.

Science illustrations often appear in professional journals, medical and science textbooks, in exhibits, and on the web. Realistic and detailed drawings and anatomically-correct renditions of anatomy, of specimens, and scientific processes, allow a reader to understand complex scientific information at a glance.

Some science illustrators employ their powers of imagination when creating time- lapse sequences of actions and events or when depicting the inner workings of a single cell not usually visible to the human eye.

Appreciating the work of the science illustrator is more than leafing through a textbook. Conceptualizing how to illustrate unseen functions is part of this illustrator's charge.

The science illustrator brings specialized knowledge to illustration. The detailed work of the science illustrator serves medicine, biology, botany and the earth sciences. They use scientifically-informed observation, combined with technical and aesthetic skill, to portray a subject.

Working in a digital format requires even greater technical skill to translate such precise drawing to the computer.

Where would we be if the science illustrator didn't show us the difference between triceps (trio of muscles at the back of the upper arm) and tri tip (a tasty cut of beef).

Thanks to the science illustrator, we are able to see what a fulcrum looks like, what kind of bond attracts water molecules to one another, and why DNA doesn't come in a six-pack.