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Scientific Illustration: Conveying Information with Charm

Christine Nishiyama, Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

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12 Videos (1h 6m)
    • Trailer

    • An Introduction to Whimsical Scientific Illustration

    • How I Came to Find and Understand My Style

    • How to Overcome the Dreaded Blank Page

    • How to Start Sketching

    • Drawing Tips to Keep in Mind

    • Finalizing Your Concept and Drawing

    • Working Digitally with Line and Value

    • The Confusing World of Color

    • Digital Coloring Techniques

    • Create and Apply Your Own Textures

    • Implementing Hand-Drawn Typography


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.


141 of 145 students recommendSee All

Everything is very clear and you can learn some tips that are very useful! They will make your work easier and faster.
Tina Tamay

videogame 3d artist that love drawing

Christine helped me get over my fear of digital color with this class. Absolutely lovely.
Paige Ray

artist + illustrator





Christine Nishiyama

Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

Hallo! I'm Christine, illustrator and writer at Might Could Studios.

I make books and comics, and I love to draw! I've worked with over 50 companies, created over 15 courses, and taught over 40,000 aspiring and established artists, helping them learn new skills, grow more confident, and develop their unique artistic styles.

I've been drawing for over 20 years, working independently for 5 years, making books for 3 years, and now I'm finally putting my books out into the wild. My ...

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