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Online Course – 3rd edition

Naturalistic and Scientific Illustration 2: Digital techniques

October 17th- 21th, 2022

This course will be delivered live online

This course will be taught using a combination of live (synchronous) sessions on Zoom and tasks to be completed in between live sessions on the Slack platform.

Live sessions will be recorded. Recordings will be made available to participants for a limited period of time. However, attendance to the live sessions is required.

Course Scientific Illustration 2 Digital Techinques

Course overview

This course intends to give a hands-on overview of the most current technological advances in the field, such as basic computer graphics applied to science illustration.

Practical examples will be selected based on the applicants’ interests and suggestions. The course will be focused on how to translate traditional drawings into an improved digital version.

This course is of intermediate level, some basic experience with illustration is strongly recommended.

Participants of the course Naturalistic and Scientific Illustration 1: Traditional Techniques can benefit of 20 % discount in this course. If you are taking both courses please add that information in the registration form for this course.


This course is of intermediate level, some basic experience with illustration and basic knowledge in computer graphics software (e.g. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator) and in personal computers is strongly recommended.

All participants must have a computer (Windows, Macintosh) with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator installed. if you do not have a license you can get a temporal trial license.  Webcam is strongly recommended, and a good internet connection.




October 17th- 21th, 2022

Schedule and Course length

Online live sessions on Monday 17th,  Wednesday 19th and Friday 21st of October, from 15:00 to 19:30 (Madrid time zone).

26 hours

13.5 hours of online live lessons, plus 2.5 hours of recorded lessons, and 10 hours of participants working on their own, with tutored exercises.

Live sessions will be recorded. However, attendance to the live sessions is required.

This course is equivalent to 1 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.




Places are limited to 16 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end.

Oscar Sanisidro instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Oscar Sanisidro
Kansas University / Universidad de Alcalá de Henares
United States of America / Spain


  • Drawing basics: Halftone rendering, textures, transparency object shadows, reflected light and cast shadows.
  • Drawing tools and media:
    • Line and ink: Basic techniques, rendering styles.
    • Pencil: Basic techniques, examples.
  •  Introduction to computer graphics.
  • Vector vs. bitmap (raster) drawing.
  • Bitmap (raster) graphics software: Adobe Photoshop© basics, Main tools, layer workflow.
  • The use of colour in digital media: Chromatic diagrams, bit depth, image corrections.
  • Vector graphics software: Adobe Illustrator© basics, Bezier-curve drawing, pattern filling, examples.
  • Examples and subjects of scientific illustration.
    • Illustrating plants, animals and geological features.
    • Illustrating animals in their habitats.
  • References in scientific illustration.
    • Use of 3D scanned specimens as a reference for scientific illustration.
    • Other sources of information: photography, microscopy, camera lucida.


  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until September 1st, 2022):
  • 330 €
    (264 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after September 1st, 2022):
  • 420 € *
    (336 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • The price is VAT included.
    After registration you will receive confirmation of your acceptance in the course. Payment is not required during registration.
    Participants of the course Naturalistic and Scientific Illustration 1: Traditional Techniques (https://www.transmittingscience.com/courses/scientific-communication/naturalistic-and-scientific-illustration/) can benefit of 20 % discount on this course.

You can check the list of Ambassador Institutions. If you want your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.com


Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the Course Fee. We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact courses@transmittingscience.com).

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Ambassador Institutions). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Unemployed scientists living in the country were the course will be held, as well as PhD students based in that country without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinator. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.


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