Clara Prieto » Committee
The International Advisory Committee is a new organism created to ensure the correct dissemination of scientific illustration both for the Award organized by Illustraciencia and for society in general. This Committee is formed by professionals committed to scientific illustration, among which we can find different profiles. From professional scientific illustrators with a long career to outreach technicians who work every day to transmit information with veracity and rigor. Given this diversity, the Committee will be able to work both to evaluate the technical parameters of the scientific illustrations (rigor, technique, composition and style) as well as their communication skills for the general public.
Since I was a child I feel a huge curiosity for nature, especially animals, and I knew for sure that I wanted to dedicate myself to something that was related to it. This curiosity was always together with my great passion for drawing, and the need to tell the world everything I was learning. Over the years, I focused my training towards drawing and communication. That’s why I decided to study graphic design at the Escuela de Arte 10 in Madrid. During those years I discovered infographics and data visualization, and I immediately knew that I wanted to specialize in this field. In 2013 I moved to England, where I work as an information designer and freelance illustrator. I have collaborated with different organizations and companies such as United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Wildlife Trusts, Bat Conservation Trust, University of Reading, Royal Holloway (University of London), World Economic Forum, Canon, Santillana or El País Semanal, among others. In turn, together with Amanda Lloyd (biologist) we have created Mammal Next Door, an online magazine for children about British mammals.
In my free time, I have been trained in the field of scientific illustration, taking courses like the one by the University of Newcastle (Australia), and also in the field of ecology and conservation of mammals (course by the University of Exeter, England). I also volunteer with local mammal groups.