Response to General Request for information

Thank you for your interest the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. As you may know, the mission of the GNSI, Inc. is educational. Here are some of the objectives:

  • to maintain and further the profession through increased communication of those involved
  • to encourage and assist others with the desire and capabilities to enter the profession
  • to promote better understanding of the profession by the general public and those persons requiring natural science illustration services
  • and to increase the respect for the profession by encouraging high standards of competence and ethics.


To fulfill its educational mission, and its objective of promoting communication among members and with the general public, the GNSI, Inc. provides a number of resources. The direct benefits of individual membership include these professional publications:

  • the GNSI Newsletter, the major vehicle for member and chapter communication
  • our online Directory of Members, an invaluable networking tool
  • the Journal of Natural Science Illustration, dealing with topics of professional interest
  • the Techniques Sheets, a basic reference demonstrating the tools of our trade for use by members and also in chapter workshops

Other resources available include:

  •, the Guild website resource for Guild services and events
  •, a proven promotional web tool for members and the profession, produced by Science Insights, Inc.
  • The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration, a comprehensive reference for professionals and students
  • our guide to courses and books in scientific illustration
  • the GNSI Forum, communication with members who have a wide variety of expertise an answers
  • the GNSI List-serv, an on-line chat group where Guild members discuss and share tips, techniques, jobs, and ideas

In addition, continuing educational opportunities in basic, advanced and new topics are available through:

  • The Annual Meeting and International Conference, bringing together professionals from around the country and the world
  • Intensive Education Workshops held in different regions
  • Master Classes and weekend workshop opportunities
  • Access to electronic versions of many of out publications
  • The opportunity to exhibit at the annual International Conference

Scientific illustrators come from many different backgrounds, often combinations of science and art education. There are some wonderful designated programs as well. Thanks again for your interest, and please contact me directly if you have other questions.


Marlene Hill Donnelly,
GNSI Membership Secretary,
for the GNSI Board of Directors