Scientific Illustration: Conveying Information with Charm
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An Introduction to Whimsical Scientific Illustration4:06
How I Came to Find and Understand My Style6:55
How to Overcome the Dreaded Blank Page2:43
How to Start Sketching1:58
Drawing Tips to Keep in Mind6:26
Finalizing Your Concept and Drawing5:14
Working Digitally with Line and Value4:52
The Confusing World of Color12:30
Digital Coloring Techniques9:20
Create and Apply Your Own Textures4:51
Implementing Hand-Drawn Typography3:36
About This Class
In this course, you’ll learn how to take a scientific fact or concept and turn it into an exciting illustration that steps beyond reality, but still communicates the concept accurately.
You’ll learn about the steps of creating an illustration, including research, brainstorming, sketching, refining a drawing, and digital production in Photoshop. I'll also walk you through some illustration fundamentals that are often misunderstood including line, value, and color, to make your work as strong as possible.
Plus, I’ll address the number one question in art/illustration: how do I find my style? While I can’t tell you what your style is—it’s your own fingerprint after all—I will walk you through how I came to understand my own style and why I think it suits me, and perhaps it will help you get on the right track to discovering your own creative fingerprint!
Learn by doing
Choose a scientific concept that excites your curiosity. Research the concept, draw to understand, and create a final illustration that entices viewers with personality and charm, while rooted in fact and successfully explaining the concept.
Watch 11 video lessons
- Researching and Thinking: Learn about whimsical scientific illustration + style.
- Sketching to learn: Learn how to overcome blank-page-phobia + start sketching.
- Refining the Drawing: Learn techniques for strengthening + finishing a drawing.
- Working with Line, Value, and Color: Learn about values, linework + color theory.
- Color, Texture + Hand-Drawn Type: Learn to work digitally with color, texture + type.
Christine Fleming is an illustrator and writer working out of Atlanta, GA. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a BFA in Graphic Design, and is now working as an author/illustrator creating picture books, graphic novels, and editorial work.
Christine is represented by Danielle Smith at Red Fox Literary, and is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) where she was awarded the honor of SCBWI Illustrator of the Month after attending the SCBWI National Conference in New York.
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