Ilustrating Science ONLINE – MNCN. Learn the process of creating a scientific illustration and digital techniques


Level: Medium.
Duration: 17 weeks.
Virtual campus: 24h access. View the videos of the sessions and those of the corrections.
Live schedule: 18:00h – 19:30h (CET). The videoconferences can be seen on the virtual campus after the live.
Dedication: 10 a 15 hours per week.
Limited places.

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Our physical and natural world is full of fascinating subjects to represent and communicate. ILLUSTRATING SCIENCE is an online course suitable for all people looking to delve into the fascinating discipline of scientific illustration.

In this course, Illustraciencia coordinator Miquel Baidal and professional scientific illustrators Hugo Salais and María Lamprecht will share their expertise and show you the essential tools and process to communicate scientific and natural subjects through accurate and eye-catching visuals.

This course will be focused around digital media: you will learn essential and advanced techniques in 2D digital illustration and 3D modelling, rendering and animation in world-standard softwares (Photoshop and Blender).

In addition, you will gain further insight in professional scientific illustration in up to 5 masterclasses, in which professionals of the area will share their knowledge and experience.

Illustraing Science is supported by the Spanish National Museum of Natural Sciences, a world-reknown research institution devoted to multiple fields within natural sciences (from paleobiology and biodiversity to ecology,environmental biology or climate change, among others) and with an instrumental role in scientific dissmenination.

Either if you are looking to enter the discipline of scientific illustration as a serious, professional pursuit, or just looking to explore your passion in science and art, this course is meant for you.


Miquel Baidal CEO of Illustration. The Massana art school in Barcelona trained in graphic design. He has developed different scientific dissemination projects with the aim of bringing science closer to society in a clear and attractive way. In 2009 he created Illustraciencia, an international project that disseminates the importance of scientific illustration and promotes it in all its forms, supporting and rewarding scientific illustrators through the call for the International Prize for Scientific and Nature Illustration with the support of the Museum National Institute of Natural Sciences (MNCN-CSIC), the Catalan Association of Scientific Communication and the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science.

Clara Cervino Biologist and scientific illustrator. After graduating in Biology from the University of Santiago de Compostela and completing two master’s degrees at the University of Barcelona, ​​he arrived in Portugal. There he had the opportunity to take the Training Course in Scientific Illustration at the University of Aveiro and thus combine his two great passions, biology and drawing. Since then he has been professionally dedicated to scientific illustration. He is a member of the Illustraciencia advisory committee.

Iara S. Chapuis Doctor in Biology, Phycologist and graduate in Scientific Illustration, teacher of the online course Ilustra Marine Fauna and Ilustra Marine Flora. Scientific illustration is for her the perfect answer to the scientific questions that she asks herself, in an increasingly visual world. He develops his professional activity collaborating with scientists in research projects and in the field of scientific dissemination, with scientific illustration as the main tool to tell ideas or discoveries.

Roman Garcia Biologist and scientific illustrator. Degree in Biology from the University of Alcalá de Henares. He decided to unite his two great passions, science and art, to become a scientific illustrator. He works in the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid collaborating in research projects and in the Flora Iberica project of the CSIC. He has worked as an illustrator and infographics designer for popular magazines around the world: from Quo Mexico to PM Magazin in Germany. He has won several Paleoillustration awards and his reconstructions of extinct organisms appear in books translated into several languages ​​such as «This Chicken is a T-rex», «All About Dinosaurs» or «The World of Dinosaurs”.

Maria Lampercht Doctor in Microbiology from the Autonomous University of Madrid and a diploma in Illustration, Advertising and Design from the ESDIP. He also has a master’s degree in Motion Graphics in Traces and a 3D Biomedical Imaging course by CG Master Academy. In 2007 he embarked on the world of research, mainly in the field of Microbiology. Since 2015 she has also combined her research work with Scientific Illustration, participating as an illustrator in different projects for Universities, the Higher Council for Scientific Research or Biotechnology companies, as well as an illustrator of popular science books.

Hugo Salais Biologist and scientific illustrator. Graduated in Biological Sciences, Doctor in Neurosciences from the University of Valencia (UV) and passionate about art and nature for as long as he can remember. During his higher education, he discovered in scientific illustration the ideal discipline to combine his fascination for science and art, and the perfect tool to disseminate scientific knowledge in a visual and attractive way. He has been working as a freelance scientific illustrator since 2014, and since then he has created illustrations for research groups (EVER, Early Vertebrate Evolution Research Group), museums, popular magazines or specialized scientific publications (Frontiers or Scientific Reports, among others). His work has also been awarded and exhibited internationally in museums and other institutions (Salas de los Infantes Dinosaur Museum, New Mexico Museum of Natural History, New York State Museum or ETH Zurich). Among his latest projects, his work as an illustrator and artistic director for the museum mobile application PterosaVR, of the UV Museum of Natural History (MUVHN), stands out.


You will have access to the virtual campus from where you can watch the video-conference sessions live or at the time you decide.

Personalized corrections in video format, in addition to seeing your correction you will see those of the rest of the students of the course and you will learn from them.

The course is online, but thanks to the great activity of WhatsApp groups you will feel accompanied at all times.

If you cannot attend the session live or want to review some of the concepts, you can watch the video of the session on the virtual campus.

After each session you will be given an exercise to practice what you have learnt.

You will carry out a final project and optionally it will be published on the web and it will be disseminated on Illustraciencia’s social networks.

We will give you an accrediting certificate as long as you have delivered all the exercises and have met the proposed objectives.

Frequent questions

Can I request a quote?
If you need a quote and invoice in the name of a company, you must first contact by email indicating the name of the course and all the company data: Company name, address, CIF.

When is the discount applied?
The discount is subject to the purchase being made through the online platform. Payments made by bank transfer cannot benefit from discounts.

Can I request an invoice?
Once the purchase has been made, the invoice can be requested, which will be in the name of the person who made the payment.

What if I can’t attend the class live?
If you cannot attend the session live or want to review some of the concepts, you will be able to watch the video of the session on the virtual campus a few hours after its completion and until it ends the course. Videos may not be copied or downloaded.

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Can I cancel the course?
You have a period of 7 days from the moment of purchase to request a refund or change of course. The refund will be made using the PayPal payment platform and €10 will be deducted for registration management fees. To do this, contact us by sending an email to indicating your case and we will help you. No refunds will be made outside the refund period.
Students will receive a full refund if the course is canceled after the registration period but before the start of the course.

What is the course payment method?
Courses are paid through the Stripe platform. If you cannot pay, contact us

Do I need to know how to use Photoshop?
In all courses it is recommended to have a basic level and in some courses it is recommended to have an advanced level of Photoshop or another image editing program. Check the recommended level in the «Requirements» section of each course.

What are the requirements to obtain the course certificate?
Turn in all the exercises and the final project.

What happens if I don’t turn in the exercises, or I don’t do it before the deadline?
If you cannot deliver the exercises on the proposed dates, you can do so during the course duration. If during that period you do not complete the exercises, including the corrections proposed by the teachers, you will not obtain the course certificate.

Will the exercises correct me in a personalized way?
The teacher will correct each student’s exercises in a personalized way. The student must make the corrections indicated by the teacher so that the exercise is well resolved. In the event that the student does not make these corrections during the period that the course lasts, the exercise will not count as completed, and therefore, the student will not obtain the course certificate.

How can I send my doubts to the teacher?
Doubts are sent using the forum or directly by sending an email to the teacher, who will tell you on the first day of class.

Will I have access to the course content forever?
You will be able to download the course materials in PDF and watch the videos from the first day of the course and up to two weeks after the last class, you will not be able to access the platform after that period .

Can I gift a course to someone else?
In the event that you want to give a course as a gift, you must enter the data of the person who receives the course when registering. In this way, all the instructions will arrive directly to your email.

Is there any kind of discount on the purchase of the courses?
All courses have a 30% discount during the launch period (two months), after which the price of the course may vary. The discount is subject to the purchase being made through the online platform. Payments made by bank transfer cannot benefit from discounts.

If you add more than one course to the shopping cart, when you click on the cart you will see the discounts that have been applied and you can buy it for the price shown. Please note that there must be multiple courses in the same cart for the discount to apply. If you add a course to the cart, purchase a course, and then add another course to a new cart and purchase, no discount will be applied. In addition, we sometimes send discount coupons that you can access if you are an alumni and subscribed to the Illustraciencia newsletter.

Courses are taught in Spanish time (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Spain GTM +1) What time are live classes taught in my country?
Enter zeitverschiebung and check the time the course is held in your country.

What is the Facebook group for?
You will be able to be in contact with people with your same interests and share your doubts during and after the course. It is a closed group exclusively for the students of the different editions of the course.


Unit 1

Search and management of information in the scientific literature; gathering of graphical references; online resources.

Unit 2
Digital illustration process

Basic workflow and steps in digital illustration; observational sketching and drawing techniques; the study.
Project: artistic study of an animal or plant species

Unit 3
Naturalistic illustration in digital media I – Wildlife

Basic and advanced digital painting and rendering techniques for the illustration of wildlife; Project: archetype illustration of an animal or plant species.

Unit 4
Scientific figures & diagrams in digital media

Digital tools and techniques to render scientific diagrams and figures; line drawings, stippling, vector illustration.
Project: scientific diagram illustration

Unit 5
Naturalistic illustration in digital media II – Landscapes & scenes

Advanced digital painting, rendering and post-processing techniques
Project: naturalistic illustration of a wildlife scene.

Unit 6
Molecular visualization

Introduction to molecular visualization using free softwares: Chimera, PMV, Avogadro and 3D Protein Imaging and its subsequent implementation in Blender.
Project: creation of a short molecular animation in Blender.


Have a personal account on Facebook and WhatsApp to be able to access the privates groups of the course (optional).

It is not necessary to have previous knowledge of drawing.

Have access to a computer, digital tablet and the Photoshop program. If the Photoshop program is not available, an alternative is to use Clip art studio, although the explanations will be made only on Photoshop.