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Erin,

Everyone has given you good advice, which tells you what a supportive group science Illustrators are! 

I would add graphite to your list of traditional skills. It is, perhaps, the best traditional media for developing value and form and is entirely forgiving (erasable). 

Along with the GNSI, join organizations of your special interests. Not only will you learn more about the science, you can begin developing a network of contacts for future freelance work. 

Once you’ve built a portfolio and want feedback, share it with us. Many of us on this listserv will be happy to advise you further. 

Best wishes,
Gretchen Halpert 

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On Aug 2, 2019, at 10:19 AM, Erin Avery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hello all,

Is it possible to teach myself Scientific Illustration rather than going the university route?  I have an undergraduate degree in Archaeology and I have basic drawing skills.  I have put together a curriculum for myself and I'd appreciate any advice on the feasibility of my plan and anything I should add to this list.

Learn Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
Study principles of design
Improve watercolor / pen skills
Read through the Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration
Become more familiar with different scientific fields (botany, etc)
Put together a portfolio and put it online
Develop connections with local illustrators and scientists

Any advice is appreciated!
Thanks,
Erin  


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