Drawn to scale
A week in the life of Val Altounian as she illustrates big ideas and microscopically small scenes for Science magazine
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.
More of Val's work
See some of Val's incredible illustrations for Science. View the PDFs below.
- Cover: Light harvester (PDF)
- Cover: Toward an HIV vaccine (PDF)
- Spread: Inflammation's stop signals (PDF)
- Spread: Live wire (PDF)
- Spread: Second sight (PDF)