Illustration Services

Collage of scientific illustrations

About Us

CLAS Illustration Services supports the publication and presentation needs of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Illustrators work with research scientists to develop comprehensive graphics to clarify and augment manuscripts for publication and presentation. This requires a firm grasp of form and design and broad knowledge of plant and animal taxonomy to support research, scholarly publishing, and teaching activities in multiple academic departments.

Unlike a camera, a good drawing can bring out a function or enhance a particular view. In the case of organisms, it is the illustrator’s job to unscramble, unbend, and visually reconstruct specimens in a clear, life-like manner. A picture truly enriches a thousand words. The scientists here, as with researchers at other major research universities, require sophisticated, high quality and technically advanced graphics to represent and communicate their research.

“Art in the Service of Science”

Our office provides the following services to CLAS research scientists:

  • Illustrations created traditionally or computer graphics
  • Large-format research posters to 42" wide
  • Graphic design
  • Brochures, flyers, maps, logos
  • Charts, graphs, mechanical and schematic drawings
  • Scanning, both slide and flatbed
  • Digital photography
  • Consulting for presentations, software, and all graphic needs
  • Advising: academic and career advising for students of all levels interested in scientific illustration
  • Teaching: independent study for scientific illustration

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Contact Us


Virge Kask
Location: Torrey Life Sciences, Room 168
Office hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch hour: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dedicated project time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (860) 486-4152
Facsimile: (860) 486-3943