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Production Pipelines & Project Planning

Organization tips and tools

Knowing your production pipeline will give you the confidence in explaining your process to your clients or managers. It also reduces the risk of scope creep, multiple change requests, and helps you to deliver work on time and to budget. Present yourself as a professional medical illustrator in the field by streamlining your production.

Tips & techniques

Common tools and workflows for a medical illustrator

Learn about the common tools that professional medical illustrators use and how they use them so that you can implement that into your streamlined process.n.

Put theory into practice

See how we work

We explain the theory on how to manage your productions but we'll also show you how we implement them into our 4 example case studies—giving you a deeper understanding of how this pipeline can be adjusted for various projects.

Example case studies

We'll share our process with you and then show you how we implement them into our 4 example case studies.

Who is this course for?

  • Freelance medical illustrators

    If you're looking to streamline your freelance production, then this is a super helpful course to help you get organized, do the work, and deliver on time and within budget.

  • New medical illustrators

    If you've just joined a studio as a junior medical illustrator or a new hire then this course is really helpful for you to learn how to work effectively with your art directors and project managers. Learn how to streamline your process so that you come off as a seasoned artist that has been working in the field for many years.

  • Creative scientists & researchers

    If you're a researcher who has a creative flair and are always busy making graphics for yourself and the rest of your research team, then this course might be helpful for you as you collate everyone's feedback and streamlined the creative process so that you can develop materials that are ready for publication.

Student Testimonial

"As a young professional, I believe [this course] provides essential information on how to properly organize your workflow and communication with the client. The LMA team sets a high professional bar for themselves and encourages young professionals to have higher standards of work, which is a great achievement of this course. My working process improved a lot since I started to implement the advice given in this course on how to work more efficiently with a client. My filing system starts to look much better and it is easier to navigate through and between the projects now. It is easy to follow and interesting to watch. Every video lesson is supported by text material and even templates, that you can use in your communication with clients. I would definitely recommend this course for medical illustrators who have just started their professional careers as well as for illustrators with experience who want to have a better work system, provide better research for the client and save up some time by establishing a good structure of feedback loop. It was a pleasure to take this course. Thank you LMA team! " - Eva Klinkenberg, Visual Communication Artist, Medical and Scientific Illustrator

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome to the course!

    2. Course Navigation and Exercise Files

    3. What is medical illustration?

    4. What kind of work does a medical illustrator do?

    5. Research is important in our visuals

    6. The medical illustration production pipeline

    7. What is a creative brief?

    8. Planning and organising your projects

    9. Tools of the trade

    1. Intro to this section - Research and concept sketches

    2. How to research for an assignment

    3. The medical illustration formula

    4. Creating concept sketches

    5. How to prepare your content for delivery

    1. Intro to this section

    2. Gathering feedback notes

    3. Gathering references to help you create your illustration

    4. Tight sketches

    5. How to structure your illustration files

    6. How to check your work

    1. Intro to this section

    2. Gathering final feedback notes from your client

    3. Final illustration production

    4. Preparing your files for final delivery


    1. Case Study 1: Illustration for video

    2. Mock brief 1: Illustration for video

    3. Case Study 2: Illustration for consumer science magazine

    4. Mock brief 2 - Consumer science magazine

    5. Case Study 3: Illustration for website

    6. Mock brief 3: Website article inline image

    7. Case Study 4: Illustration for pharmaceutical infographic

    8. Mock brief 4: Pharmaceutical Infographic

    9. Course feedback

About this course

  • £198.00
  • 34 lessons

Meet your instructors!

Emily & Annie, co-founders of Learn Medical Art and CEOs of Now Medical Studios

Emily Holden and Annie Campbell are two medical illustration directors who have been working in the field for over 10 years. Together they spearhead their creative animation studio, Now Medical Studios, and work with a talented team of medical illustrators, designers, and animators. As founders of the Learn Medical Art channel, their passion is helping people step into the world of medical illustration as well as teach any tips they have learned along their creative journey.

Our course content creators

Meet the writers, animators, and medical artists that helped created this course

Meet Juman Hamza, Angela Douglass, Angela Yeung, and Susie Brighouse. Four super-talented medical illustrators with a multidisciplinary set of skills that have contributed greatly to the creation of this course. Each of them hold a Master's degree in medical illustration and have been working for multiple studios and agencies since graduation. Currently, they work as full-time artists at Now Medical Studios, servicing clients from the medical and pharmaceutical industries.

A word from the instructors

“Through years of experience, we have gained insight into the best practices for working on a range of projects as medical illustrators. We are delighted to be able to share these insights and help others on their journey into the world of medical illustration. This course will take a lot of the guess-work out of working professionally as a medical illustrator - I am very excited to help people on their journey!”

Emily Holden

“This course has a lot of things I wished I had when I was first starting out as a medical illustrator. When I was embarking on this career as a young artist, I'd look at more senior artists around me and wonder how they seemed to have it all together. As I shadowed them, I picked up a lot of useful tips that contributed to how I ran my freelance business and how we run our studio today.”

Annie Campbell


Your questions, answered. If you still have a query that wasn't answered please contact us at

  • Do I need to have experience?

    It's useful to have some understanding of digital illustration techniques as well as drawing skills. This course is mainly for people who are looking to streamline what they already know.

  • What kind of equipment do I need for this course?

    Any digital illustration software is useful (Photoshop, Procreate, Illustrator, GIMP etc). We will be using Photoshop as our example but the theory behind what is being taught can be transferrable to any digital drawing software.

  • What kind of files are included in this course?

    You will be able to download templates such as a creative brief templates and milestone schedule template.

  • Can I complete the course at my own pace?

    Yes, once you purchase a course you get lifetime access to the online course content, which consists of over 23 videos and various worksheet downloads. You can dip in and out of the course, learning at your own pace and using the resources whenever you need them. Lifetime access also means that any updates we do to the course in future will be freely available to you, so be sure to provide your valuable feedback to help make this the best course it can be!

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