Scientific illustrations: a bridge between science and art
A scientific illustrator connects science and art. Complex information is displayed clearly and research information is portrayed attractively.
“I already developed a penchant for drawing during high school. As a scientific illustrator, I operate on the boundary of creativity and science. I visualize data from scientific research so that it is presented clearly, unambiguously and attractively to the target group. This may vary between the cover of a dissertation, advertisements for the medical industry and patient leaflets.”
“As a scientific illustrator, I am challenged in various different ways, and that’s precisely what makes my work so attractive.” In an anatomical drawing of the muscles of the back, I especially have to rely on creative skills. Sometimes, for example, I have to present research results or draw an operation; then it comes down to my scientific knowledge. I cooperated with a plastic surgeon to display the surgical technique in the event of ring injuries (injuries to a finger because a ring has been pulled off) in images. Before that I looked on in the operating room, took pictures, and always discussed with the plastic surgeon about the details that were important during the the various stages of the operation. These details ensure that I always have to remain critical. What do I show in the image and what do I leave out. This always in consultation with the client.