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Course Introduction to Naturalistic and Scientific Illustration, May 18-22, Barcelona, Spain

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Dear colleagues,


The second edition of the course "Introduction to Naturalistic and Scientific

Illustration" is open.


DATES: May 18-22, 2015.


Instructor: Oscar Sanisidro (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales- CSIC, Spain).


Course webpage:



Site: Premises of Sabadell of the Institut Catalá de Paleontologia Miquel

Crusafont (Barcelona, Spain).




- Scientific and naturalistic illustrations: Generalities and comparison.


- Scientific illustration versus photography.


- General drawing workflow.


- Sketching and approaches to naturalistic illustration.


- Drawing basics: Halftone rendering, textures, transparency object shadows,

reflected light and cast shadows.


- Drawing tools and media:


* Line and ink: Basic techniques, rendering styles, scratchboard.

* Pencil: Basic techniques, coloured pencils, watercoloured pencils, examples.

* Water colour.

* Camera lucida (procedure and practical examples).


- Graphite rendering.


- Field sketching (naturalistic illustration).


- Introduction to computer graphics.


- Bitmap graphics software: Main tools, layer workflow.


- Chromatic diagrams, bit depth, colour models and channels, image corrections.


- Vectorial vs. bitmap drawing.


- Vectorial graphics software: Bezier-curve drawing, pattern filling, examples.


- Examples and subjects of scientific illustration.


* Illustrating plants, animals and geological features.

* Illustrating animals in their habitats.

* Palaeoecological reconstruction.


This course is co-organized by Transmitting Science and the Institut Catalá de

Paleontologia M. Crusafont. Place are limited and will be covered by strict

registration order.


Please feel free to distribute this information between your colleagues if you

consider it appropriate.


With best regards


Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno, Ph.D.

Course Director


Transmitting Sciencehttp://www.transmittingscience.org/>

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