The fields of biological and medical illustration, collectively known as Scientific Illustration, use artwork as visual tools of communication solely for the service of education.
The production of illustrations of measured accuracy, conceptualized illustrations and diagrammatic illustrations are created to enable communication between scientist and author, teacher and student, or physician and patient. An artist must, therefore, be aware of the viewer's level of knowledge and relate the message in a logical sequence without confusing the viewer with too much or too little information. Because they communicate subtleties and eliminate ambiguities of language, scientific illustrations are an important, often necessary, element in precise communication in scientific education.
Students should have an interest in the fields of Science and Art and have the desire to learn how to communicate multiple subjects, theories, and procedures in the many areas of science. Students should be able to work well with others, maintain a professional relationship and have the self-discipline to work long hours, under short deadlines, while accepting direction and criticism from instructors, art directors or clients. Students should have a strong eye for observation and communication. They must have a desire to learn from research and verbal communication for a complete and thorough understanding of scientific content. Students in this field should have the ability to illustrate, in fine detail, exactly what they see, and to work within the guidelines specified by the objective as stated by the client.
Beyond the Classroom
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Positions available for a natural science or medical illustrator may range from working alone to being a member of a large production unit. There is potential for employment in universities or medical schools with science departments having especially strong teaching and research programs, scientific and medical research centers, hospitals, clinics, dental and veterinary schools and museums of scientific history and learning such as the Smithsonian Institution. Many illustrators pursue 'self contract' commercial markets, creating illustrations for publishing, pharmaceutical and advertising agencies or clients such as physicians and attorneys or others who have a need of visual aids for science and medical education.
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- Creative Marketing and Associates
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- Morris Museum of Art
- NKP Media
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- Roswell Visual Arts Center
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