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15.10.22 - 16.10.22
Citadel Hill Laboratory, The Laboratory, Citadel Hill, Plymouth, PL1 2PB

A two day course introducing a variety of drawing techniques to help document scientific observation. 

Join wildlife and scientific illustrator Marc Dando for an introduction into the world of scientific and natural history illustration, with a focus on marine and coastal wildlife. During this course, a variety of drawing techniques and materials will be introduced and it will be explained how and why to use illustration to help document scientific observations and show concepts and processes. 

Over the course of two days, attendees will begin to develop their own sketch books and keep track of their own personal development. 

The medium used during the course will primarily be pencil. All equipment, including a range of paper types will be provided, but attendees are welcome to bring their own preferred resources, ideas and subjects. The course will include a combination of life drawing from specimens and microscopy, as well as basic introductions to: digitisation of sketches; drawing materials and equipment; the history of scientific illustration. 

Course tutor

Marc Dando has always balanced art and science, first at school and then at university where he completed an honours degree in Zoology at Nottingham University. On finishing his degree course he moved into a career as a graphic designer. After many successful years in commercial graphics an opportunity occurred to work on various natural history projects, initially in design, but finally into his passion for wildlife illustration.

Marc has worked in wildlife illustration, mainly marine, for 20 years, and in that capacity has worked alongside many eminent scientists. Books he has worked on include: Sealife: a complete guide to the marine environment, Sharks of the World and further projects for the FAO and IFAW.  Alongside the more traditional watercolour, pencil and pen and ink Marc uses computer-based illustration in his work. This work has been used for a series of children's field guide books, posters, displays and detailed illustrations for guides used around the world. When time allows, he works on more artistic pieces with its inspiration always from nature. His work has been seen in Monaco and The Mall Galleries in London but the majority of his work is publication based and is only occasionally seen outside of books, field guide literature and magazines.

For further information, please visit the The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom event page.

Cost and booking

This course is open to all but will be most relevant to those studying biological sciences, researchers and science communicators, teachers and amateur naturalists. There are limited places available so advanced registration is essential through the Eventbrite page.
  • Non-members - £200
  • MBA members - £150.00
  • Student MBA members - £125.00


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