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Drawn to scale: Val Altounian

A week in the life of Val Altounian as she illustrates big ideas and microscopically small scenes for Science magazine.

Clip: Val's path

Training to become a scientific illustrator 

Clip: Show & tell

The trip from concept, to sketch, to final product

Tools of the trade

The kinds of programs used for illustration depend on the content type. For schematic drawings with flat shapes, a vector-based program like Adobe Illustrator can be used. Val uses Photoshop to paint more detailed and textured assignments. Cinema 4D is the go-to program for rendering 3D objects, including proteins built from crystallographic coordinates.

See some of Val's incredible illustrations for Science

Check out the rest of her portfolio for more.