If any career melds science and art, it is biological illustration. Despite advances in photography, we still rely on vivid illustrations to help us learn about nature in a visual way. A biological illustrator produces detailed illustrations of everything from the smallest molecules to the largest dinosaurs. A biological illustrator needs artistic skill, but a degree in science is also helpful. Many of today’s illustrators use digital media and computer software to produce their art; others still practice their craft with traditional media that date back to the days of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the world’s finest biological illustrators. Some illustrators choose to focus on a specific scientific field, such as medicine, entomology, or cell biology. Numerous universities offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in scientific illustration.
Posted on May 21, 2012 Leave a Comment