Trenton Jung – Nature Illustration and Fine Art

About Trenton Jung – Nature Illustration and Fine Art

Trenton Jung is a natural science illustrator based in Tucson, AZ. Born and raised outside of Los Angeles, CA, the sun and ocean play an influential role in Trenton’s art practice. He received his BFA in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is also an active member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.
Trenton’s work reflects his deep interest in organic forms, and focuses on the unseen and unnoticed aspects of nature. He uses a variety of mediums to represent my observations including watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, and gouache. To successfully communicate information and capture the complexities of the natural world, observation and understanding his subjects are the keys to his work.
His work has been featured in Smithsonian magazine, at the Woodard Lab (University of Riverside, CA), in Anthropocene, and Nature (science journals). He has exhibited work in Washington D.C., Baltimore, MD, Fullerton, CA, and Brisbane, Australia.

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him
In Pursuit of Rainbow Trout
Kyra and Diesel
Red Abalone No. 2

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About the Process

I first begin my illustrations with lots of research and observational drawing. I study the subjects from various angles, research the biology of my subject, and then collaborate with experts.
After the initial studies are completed, I do preliminary sketches laying each element of my illustration. The sketches are reviewed by the collaborating researchers for scientific accuracy. After the review, I refine the sketches into the final illustration, adding color and value.
To create a more realistic illustration, I will build a model of my subject (in this case it was a model of the bumble bee nest structure and the surrounding environment. The model helps me visualize how the nest occupies space and how light interacts with the surfaces.

How to Purchase

Visitors may purchase art from my website: I also do custom work upon request. Please email me directly at

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