Pursuing a career in Scientific Illustration- UK
I'm in my second year of studying for an undergraduate degree in Zoology at Sheffield University, which is in the UK. Currently, I'm doing well and have never regretted choosing a scientific path of study: I love my subject, and it's introduced me to what I find to be some of the most fascinating concepts in the world (ok, I'm biased!)
I suspect I'm like many people here: I've always had a great love of art as well as science, though it has fallen by the wayside a little lately, mostly taking the form of slightly bizarre doodles on my lecture notes! I thought a career combining the two was too much of a good thing to actually exist, but after some investigation, Google led me to a treasure trove of information, including this website. I think this career path would suit me greatly, though the breadth of things that can be done with it is a little daunting, and hard to narrow down. As someone who loves getting enthusiastic to non-scientists about the things I've learned and trying to explain them, I feel that work involving spreading understanding and love of the sciences through illustration would be my ideal. What sort of employers would tend to embrace that?
I know that my drawing skills (especially digital- I have little experience with Photoshop or similar) will need a lot of work in order for me to pursue this kind of career. I've always preferred accurate drawing to the expressive style that my art teachers wanted me to adopt, though my techniques and accuracy will definitely need honing. Unfortunately, my internet searches seem to suggest there are very limited options for actually studying Scientific Illustration in the UK, and I'm not keen to move across the Atlantic. Could working under my own steam (plenty of it, of course), perhaps combined with some form of casual training like art classes, be sufficient to get me to the level needed?
Apart from that, I guess I don't have a specific question. General advice would be very much appreciated, and some reassurance- this all seems a bit scary at the moment!
Thanks for reading that big block of undergraduate babble!