GNSI Brochures

GNSI has produced, in digital and print format, two brochure-style publications that contribute to the career and technique expertise of science illustrators. They are the GNSI Technique Sheets and the Careers in Scientific Illustration booklet.

GNSI Technique Sheets III

GNSI Technique Sheets cover


The techniques presented in this 32-page publication form the basis of 90% of the traditional techniques used for decades by prominent science illustrators. While some techniques, materials, and methods of creating scientific illustration have changed substantially in the ensuing years, the fundamental information for non-digital art creation remains the same or can be adapted to more modern approaches.




  • Transferring Drawings
  • Graphite Pencil Basics
  • Colored Pencil Technique
  • Ink & Scratchboard Techniques
  • Pen & Ink in Botanical Illustration
  • Pen & Ink on Translucent Surfaces
  • Scratchboard Technique
  • Painting Techniques
  • Damp Wash on Scratchboard
  • Watercolor Technique for Anatomical Painting
  • Airbrush Techniques in Paleobiology Illustration
  • Carbon Dust Techniques
  • A Substitute Paper for Carbon Dust Drawings
  • Paper Repair
  • Making Carbon Dust Glow
  • Adobe Illustrator Basics
  • Adobe Photoshop Basics


GNSI Careers in Scientific Illustration

GNSI Careers Booklet cover


This 12-page booklet, beautifully designed and illustrated, discusses the profession of a science illustrator and its requirements. Science illustrators work in the service of science, teaching, informing, and fostering understanding of our world. They use a range of visual techniques to communicate science in education, research, public relations, and marketing.



  • Scientific Illustration
  • Nature of Work
  • Education and Training
  • Job Information


> GNSI also has a promotional Membership Brochure that you can download for free