Scientific illustration

Participants will learn to understand the human perception of illustrations. They will be informed about a variety of illustration methods and will practise a limited number of these. Besides the illustration of biological specimens, specific technical aspects of diagrams, tables, typography and posters will be included as well.

Following topics will be covered:
– Theories behind the use of illustrations for various scientific purposes
– Human perception of illustrations
– Composition, colour theory, choice of illustration method
– Short history of scientific illustrations
– Aids like camera lucida
– Black and white methods like copper graphics, charcoal, pencil and black ink
– Colour methods like watercolour, crayons, coloured pencils, pastel, computer graphics and airbrush

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