Scientific Illustration

Scientific Illustration with The Art of Ecology

Combine your love of art and the natural world to create Scientific Illustrations!

The Art of Ecology’s mission is to “Build visual connections between people and natural through art in order to create a deeper understanding and respect for the natural world – therefore increasing the desire to conserve and protect it’s resources.”

Botanical & Scientific Illustration is a great way to do this! Not only are we creating a beautiful piece of artwork and honing our artistic skills, but we are also increasing our observational skills and understanding of scientific concepts like anatomy, morphology, and ecological purpose. Below, join a workshop, view some illustration videos, and check out my illustration gallery!

Participate in an Illustration Workshop

These workshops, whether a 4 week course or a one-time themed class, are designed to get artists of all levels started on their scientific illustration journey! We explore artistic and scientific concepts and wind up creating scientifically accurate pieces that hone our observational skills and create a deeper appreciation for the subject!

Watch the Process through Time Lapse Videos

By creating my illustrations through digital drawing software like SketchBook PRO and Adobe Photoshop, then recording my screen using Loom, I can create videos that show my step-by-step illustration process at 8x the actual speed! What took hours now takes mere minutes.

Explore the Gallery

From my own botanical and scientific illustration to those of class participants, view the gallery! Did you participate in a class and want your art featured here as well? Send your high-resolution .jpg scanned in or photographed artwork to Marissa at!

Coming Soon – Children’s book about Pollinator Morphology written and fully illustrated by Marissa Jacobs (The Art of Ecology). Complete with discussion questions.

Projected to arrive Early Winter 2021

Build Your Connection to the Natural World Today!