Imagery technologies available in the medical science and astronomy today is so powerful that we could easily doubt about the importance of illustration. Photography seems to solve any representation problem even in botany, in zoology or in archaeology.
But when it comes to popularization, or when we need to explain a concept, a process or focus on a specific detail, images serve as carriers of scientific concepts for a broader audience, help the process of thinking, teaching and training. A scientific illustrator is able to work close with professionals, chosing the right tools, the right level of abstraction, mixing different techniques and providing essential accessory contents to fulfill CGI and photography lacks.
Les multiples facettes des molécules is a research for the CNRS (National Centre of Scientific Research), Paris, France on the development of new biochemical visualisation systems.
Photo credits: Davide Spalvieri.