Reproductive Health Magazine Illustration
Science News Magazine Client Feature-Happy 100th!
We’re so excited to help one of our absolute favorite clients, Science News, celebrate their 100th birthday! For their year-long centennial celebration, we created an illustration series to visualize the advances in reproductive health over the last century. SayoStudio’s Nicolle R. Fuller created a series of 5 medical illustrations for their magazine health feature and the website special.
Before we share more of the art, a short ode to Science News. Not only has Science News communicated in-depth science to the public for 100 years (since 1921!), they’re fantastic to work with. What, you may ask, makes them so great? Their amazing team of writers, editors, designers, and art directors offer:
- incredibly interesting stories providing new ideas to learn
- clear ideas of what they want to accomplish
- respect of artists’ expertise and ideas, whether it’s considering a conflicting reference, or a different composition
- room for creativity, with supportive feedback
A look back at just a few of our other favorite projects with Science News including our case study on opiates, a fan favorite illustration of fig tree symbiosis, and many many more in our gallery. Warm wishes on your birthday, Science News!
Creating the Health Illustrations Magazine Series
When Science News hired us, our primary directive was to create art that did NOT feel like a textbook. Good thing un-textbook-y style illustrations are our specialty.
Curious about the conceptual process?
We know that sometimes when you’re looking at digital art it can be easy to think, well… that it’s easy! Sure, we have our tricks ;-), but we still have to put in a lot of thought and work into the creation of our science visuals. First, we create ‘pencil’ thumbnail sketches to work out our ideas. Next, more detailed concept sketches to share with our clients and partners for review.
This 30-second timelapse actually represents 3 hours of drawing! Here is our full sketch process for the 4 feature illustrations—ovulation, fertilization, implantation, differentiation— from our initial thumbnail sketches to the full pencil drawing of each main concept.
Once the color fun began in our 3D program Cinema 4D, we relied on light to evoke the emotional awe underlying reproductive science. From the leading feature visualization of ovulation to the menstrual cycle diagram, we wanted a soft-yet-dramatic feel to the art.
And without further ado, here is the full Reproductive Health series!
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