Scientific Illustration workshop, Barcelona, Spain

September 11, 2015
The third edition of the course "Introduction to Naturalistic and Scientific Illustration" is already open.


DATES: May 9-13, 2016.

Instructor: Oscar Sanisidro (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales- CSIC, Spain).

Course webpage:

Site: Premises of Sabadell of the Institut Catalá de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (Barcelona, Spain).

- Scientific and naturalistic illustrations: Generalities and comparison.
- Scientific illustration versus photography.
- General drawing workflow.
- Sketching and approaches to naturalistic illustration.
- Drawing basics: Halftone rendering, textures, transparency object shadows, reflected light and cast shadows.
- Drawing tools and media:
•    Line and ink: Basic techniques, rendering styles, scratchboard.
•    Pencil: Basic techniques, coloured pencils, watercoloured pencils, examples.
•    Water colour.
•    Camera lucida (procedure and practical examples).
- Graphite rendering.
- Field sketching (naturalistic illustration).
- Introduction to computer graphics.
- Bitmap graphics software: Main tools, layer workflow.
- Chromatic diagrams, bit depth, colour models and channels, image corrections.
- Vectorial vs. bitmap drawing.
- Vectorial graphics software: Bezier-curve drawing, pattern filling, examples.
- Examples and subjects of scientific illustration.
•    Illustrating plants, animals and geological features.
•    Illustrating animals in their habitats.
•    Palaeoecological reconstruction.

The course material is included in the course fee. This course is co-organized by Transmitting Science and the Institut Catalá de Paleontologia M. Crusafont. Place are limited and will be covered by strict registration order.