Would you consider yourself a SciArtist?
Yes for sure! Most if not all my work is based around scientific concepts or scientific communication. I’ve created an animated music video for the Psyche Mission. A comparative anatomy card game and website for classrooms. I’ve helped create work for museum exhibits on space and water usage. The list could go on, but those are some of my favorites. More of my past work can be found at www.jessikaraisor.com
The courses you illustrated were on Heart Health and Leafy Greens. When looking at the course scripts, what were your initial impressions?
For the Heart Health course, it was a lot of information that took a lot of time for me to process so I could understand how to convey it in simple illustration and characters. For the Leafy Greens course, it was actually all very familiar because I had just worked on a nutrition course for my full-time job, so I approached it idea forward instead of research forward.
Visual Notes Document for collaboration between illustrator Jessika Raisor and the Lifeology Team.
Are visual notes a useful starting point? Did you make any decisions to develop ideas further?
Yes! I don’t like working in a bubble as the only source of ideas and love when the author or scientist throw in what they were thinking. Even if it’s not an idea I go with, how they visualize it is a great stepping off point for how I think about the scientific concepts.
Do you use storyboarding in other work?
As an animator, storyboarding is second nature (after years of studying it of course) to approaching any project.
Storyboard drawings are rough thumbnail sketches that give a quick visual idea and overall flow of the course. Storyboard images are then reviewed, modified and refined.