During Easter (2017) I joined the scientific illustration workshop organized by Illustraciencia in the Natural Sciences Museum of Madrid.
We had one week of theory and practice with Clara Cerviño, the teacher, and Miquel Baidal, the founder of Illustraciencia. Check out Clara’s website (she is very talented!) and Illustraciencia website as well.
We addressed the process of drawing a scientific illustration, which are the best practices at each step, and how to choose the right technique for each commission.
Illustraciencia – the organizers
Photographs of the Eurasian eagle-owl
Scratch board practice
Owl skull – pencils
Owl skull – ink
Colour palette prcatice
Owl eye – watercolour practice
Practicing planmt shapes
Practicing animal shapes
Last weekend (in April 2017) was all about learning plant textures with Isik Guner in a two-day workshop held in the Historical Botanical Garden in Barcelona.
If you don’t know Isik yet, please check out her website here. Her skills are stunning!
Learning the craft of the trade at such a refined level needs a hefty amount of hours. Fortunately, the learning process is part of the fun.
Practicando la textura de una hoja /// Practicing a leaf texture
El original /// The original
Textura muy fina /// Thin texture
La semilla original /// The original seed
Detalle del eucaliptus /// Detail of an eucaliptus