Naturalist & Scientific Illustration


This course will offer the bases of naturalist & scientific illustration for students willing to draw or paint any zoological & botanical subject.

Hand illustration is still one of the best tool to describe behaviors, morphological characteristics and subtleties between different species or individuals of plants & animals.

Whether using ink line drawing or paint: studying your subject in a goal to illustrate it is also a new way discover it in depth, and find new approaches to analyze it.

This new artistic skill will add to your work a scientific iconography that combines professionalism and accuracy, with a rewarding self-made and personalized touch.

The course is opened to any level
Art material supplied (paper, pencils, ink, paint and brush)

The four-days program will go as follow:

Day 1:

  • how to represent your subject, and what medium is best?
  • draw it with a pencil: how to take proportions?
  • once the drawing finished, report it on the final paper.

Day 2:

  • learn to “create” the volume” with shades of Black&white, or colour.
  • start placing the general volumes and details on your illustration.

Day 3: a full day will be necessary to continue the illustration:

  • create the textures (if necessary): hairs, scales, reflections, veins on the leaves…

Day 4: this last day will be to finish the final touches of light and shades. Then you will have to clean the illustration:

  • first with a blade or paint
  • then you will scan and clean your illustration on Photoshop.


Julien Norwood




Dates: 5-12-19-26 March 2018 (4-full days)
Location: Learning Center (20th floor), Montparnasse (see FdV calendar)
Credits: 28 hours
Validation: Students must attend all four days to validate the hours. 


Enroll on Google Classroom

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  • Click the + in the top right corner of the screen and click Join class
  • Enter registration code: a269h5