BIOLOGICAL ILLUSTRATION:BIOSM 2040/ZOOL 460
This course will not be offered in 2011; please check out our other courses!
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Everywhere you turn these days—on TV and the web, as well as in journals, books, and posters—you see examples of beautiful and detailed scientific illustrations. The best of these represent a powerful combination of classic illustration techniques and good science. Whether you are a student, an artist or a scientist, this course will provide training in those techniques and teach you how to rigorously apply them in a scientific context.
Four specific techniques will be covered: pen and ink, carbon dust, watercolor, and colored pencil. You will also learn the digital corrolaries of those techniques using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, and how to optimally prepare scientific illustrations for today’s complex digital workflows. Along the way you will benefit from general discussions on color, design, printing processes, and the business of scientific publishing.
This course takes place at a vibrant marine field station on Appledore Island off the coast of Maine. It is one of many courses and activities running concurrently which places the Biological Illustration students in the middle of a bustling scientific community. In any given year illustration students might participate in a whale watch, scour the island’s intertidal zone for interesting specimens, visit a nearby harbor seal colony, follow the progress of a tern restoration project or even collaborate with other students on the island to provide illustrations for their research.
The goal of the course is to have each student develop two or more publication-quality pieces of scientific art. Students may choose to experiment with all the techniques presented or explore a single technique in depth. Course size is strictly limited to allow a high level of individual attention. CLICK on the movie to see what students created in '07!
- William C. Ober, MD, University of Virginia Medical Center
- Claire Garrison, BA, RN, Medical & Scientific Illustration, VA
- Jim Gibson, BA. Gibson Design Associates, Inc.