Joris De Raedt (1987) is a Belgium based scientific illustrator, graphic artist and photographer specialising in the natural world.
During his master studies in graphic design he developed his own digital drawing technique. Although working with a graphic tablet his style pays homage to naturalists of the 19th century.
Since he graduated with magna cum laude at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts he works full-time for magazines, books, museums and nature reserves. His clients include National Geographic Magazine, Roots Magazine, Pelckmans Publishers and the Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) of Sharjah (UAE). His illustrations can be found on information panels of the Wasit Wetland Centre, the Kalba Bird-of-prey Centre and the Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre.
In 2017 Joris published his first book together with Roots-Author Paul Böhre: RAPTORS and OWLS of Northwest Europe.
With his illustrations Joris aims to increase awareness towards our priceless fauna and flora.
Joris always tries to see his subjects in the wild or at a zoo. Making sketches and studying the species in order to capture its essence. In studio all studies and photographic footage collected in the field will help him make the final identification drawing. Usually this is a line drawing in graphite on paper. A scan of the drawing is enlarged and coloured in on the computer using a graphic tablet from Wacom. This video, made during his studies, shows the workflow: