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Natural Science Illustrators

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators is dedicated to the art of creating illustrations for scientific and popular publications.

Natural science illustration is a marriage of science and art. From Pink Lady Slipper’s Orchids to Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, natural science illustration is designed to visually teach the viewer about the subject matter.

Anyone can belong to the Guild. While members vary in skill level and age, they all share a love of the natural environment. Natural science illustrators need to have basic knowledge of particular fields such as archaeology, ornithology, botany, paleontology, anthropology, entomology, and more and the ability to highlight and clarify the subject through illustration. Most members work in several techniques – pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylics, and computer graphic and illustration programs.

Many members cross between the disciplines of scientific illustration, commercial illustration and fine arts, where accuracy is not so important. The Guild also works to provide an environment for artistic and intellectual growth through workshops and classes offered during the annual conference and through local chapters.

For more information about the Guild, go to www.gnsi.org.