Advanced Science Illustration workshop with Pina Kingman (online)

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Date(s) - 30/11/2022 - 02/12/2022
All Day


Do you want to learn advanced illustration techniques to improve your scientific communication?


This 3-day workshop offers the next level of graphic design and visual communication theory, achieved through both hand and digital drawings.

It is specifically designed for those that have already taken  an (introductory) Scientific Illustrations course with Pina Kingman.

When: 30. November – 2. December 2022

Registration deadline: 1. November 2022

Location: Online

Teacher: Pina Kingman


The introductory course focuses on flat illustration techniques. Building from these principles, the advanced course introduces how to add 3D volume and texture to individual elements in a composition. We will discuss the theory behind working with light, shadow and textures. We will practice how to think about these concepts with hand-drawing exercises. We will practice implementing these concepts in digital illustration. Finally, there will be time to implement these concepts in your own illustrations with support from the instructor.
In order to have the opportunity to illustrate your own research with support from peer-to-peer reviews and support from the instructor, you must come to the course with a partially completed illustration. If you are not already working on an illustration, then prepare to set aside about 5 hours of pre-course homework. You will receive detailed instructions on how to do this homework and what is expected of you through the Teachable platform, and much of this is repetition from the introductory course. The only major difference is that this is more self-directed than in the introductory course.



Please fill out this form Students will be admitted on a first come first served basis. If the course is fully enrolled, you will be put on a waiting list. PhD students, research track students and postdocs will be prioritized. Others are only admitted, if the course is not filled.


Former participation in the Scientific Illustrations introductory course with Pina Kingman is recommended, but not required.

Those who have not taken a course with Pina previously and have experience with illustration will need to upload a portfolio upon registration and email the portfolio to Pina at with the subject: “Portfolio: Advanced Illustration for Science”  . It must include:

  • 1 hand drawn sketch in pencil or pen.
  • 1 digital illustration in a vector program, and name the vector program used (Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, Affinity Designer, ext). If you do not have an example of a vector illustration, then indicate this in the email.
  • Any other illustration work that you think is relevant.
  • The subject of the illustrations do not need to be science related, any subject matter will do.
  • All portfolio illustrations must be sent together as one PDF document, or send a link to a portfolio website or Behance portfolio or links to a social feed.


This workshop will allow for approximately 20 participants.


Wednesday – Friday 09:30 – 15:30

Course materials

* Note: Only Adobe Illustrator Desktop app, Inkscape and Gravit Designer will be supported in this course. If any students are already familiar with another digital illustration software, then feel free to use this program. But for the sake of time, Pina will not be able to provide technical support for other software.


 If you complete the course, you get a diploma stating your participation, the content of the course and the work effort the course has required. You can apply to your home institution for getting the course accepted as ECTS in your degree.

Your home institution decides if and how many credits you will get. This course is 3 full days, plus time for course preparation, assignments and illustrating the final project.

IBA will suggest 1 ECTS credit on the diploma.