February 04, 2006

Scientific illustration in Photoshop

Keeping the science theme going, I’ve gathered some examples of Photoshop’s use in scientific illustration:

  • Olduvai George is home to the natual history illustrations and paintings of Carl Buell. Check out how he builds a mammoth layer by layer. [Via]
  • Greg Martin’s site features outstanding space renderings & photography in a slick Flash gallery.
  • The space art of 17-year-old Alyn Hunter is featured on deviantART, along with that of other space artists.
  • Gary Tonge collects his photo-realistic sci-fi renderings in Visions Afar. [via]
  • Joana Garrido uses 3D software plus Photoshop to render ancient creatures.
  • Science blog Easternblot.net includes a wealth of additional links, including ones to online marketplace Science-Art.com and illustration degree programs like the one at UC Santa Cruz. And for yet more scientific illustration links, see my previous entry.

By the way, on the subject of scientific illustration, I recently discovered Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities, an amazing collection of 18th-century illustrations of animals, plants and insects. And if that’s up your alley, see also Dream Anatomy, a collection of antique anatomical renderings drawn from the National Library of Medicine. [Via] Or for a more modern spin, see the adorable (?) squirting stomachs of I Heart Guts [Via].
[PS–6 minutes after I posted this, a copy of Cabinet of Natural Curiosities showed up at my door. Score!]

Posted by John Nack at 12:12 PM on February 04, 2006


  • Monika Gause — 3:55 PM on February 04, 2006

    Recently this anatomy book has been famous in Germany for its use of digital illustration: Anatomie Atlas (http://www.thieme.de/specials/prometheus). The site also features the artists.
    [Cool–thanks for the link, Monika. –J.]

  • Stomach — 8:18 AM on February 13, 2006

    Thanks for linking to us! Just for the record, the guts were drawn in Illustrator, not Photoshop. Go vector!

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