In the Plaça Tísner program: Scientific illustration, the value of naturalness
On June 20, I had the privilege of participating in the Plaça Tísner program, on Betevé channel, where I shared a round table with two illustrators that I admire in the field of scientific illustration: Carles Puche and Blanca Martí, creators of the Master of Scientific Illustration of Natural Sciences of the University of Girona, in which I also collaborate. During the programme, we explore the importance of scientific illustration and the various roles it plays. From research to science communication and education, scientific illustration plays a fundamental role in the visual communication of human knowledge.
We had the opportunity to exchange ideas about our favorite themes and models and our work methodology. Carles Puche shared his passion for drawing ants and the importance of careful observation to carry out this trade. For her part, Blanca Martí captivated everyone with her illustration work focused on wolves. She told us about the importance of direct observation and interaction with these animals to capture their essence in her illustrations.
During my speech, I highlighted my interest in the illustration of the human body and medical sciences. I explained the work methodology in medical illustration, highlighting the close collaboration with doctors and specialists who guide and correct the drawings. I also mentioned the need to use various reference sources, such as ultrasounds, x-rays, 3D models, and photographs and videos of surgeries, to ensure thoroughness and accuracy in illustrations, since it is not always possible to directly observe actual models in the doctor’s office or in the operating room.
We share the importance of working closely with scientists and experts in the field, to ensure that we accurately and effectively convey scientific concepts through our illustrations.
We also discuss the aesthetic value and artistic style present in scientific illustrations, highlighting how these works can be visually appealing and emotionally compelling, while conveying rigorous scientific information in an accessible way.
I am grateful for the opportunity to exchange knowledge and perspectives with these long-time illustrators and wonderful people, and I will continue to work to bring human knowledge, Natural History, and medicine to the public through my passion for scientific illustration.