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.


135 of 139 students recommendSee All

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

artist + illustrator

Great class!





Christine Nishiyama

Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

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.

Check out Christine's 12+ other classes to further explore her illustration process!

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