Picture your ideas

I am a marine scientist, artist, graphic recorder and children’s author/illustrator who specialises in creative and visual communications to “Picture your ideas“. I combine my experience as a scientist and strategist with my skills as an artist to draw out information, ideas and concepts. I do this by listening to and interpreting information which I then synthesise and simplify using words and pictures to create your visual story. Visual stories can be created to suit your visual needs from in-person live drawing at events, workshops and meetings to remotely via phone, email, teleconferences, zoom/skype calls, webinars and online streaming services.

You can also dive into my ocean storytelling as children’s Author/Illustrator (“Authorstrator“) Dr Suzie Starfish, where I use marine art and science storytelling to engage, educate, excite and empower children of all ages that they CAN be the change they want to ‘sea’ in the world!

My creative and visual services include:

  • Graphic Recording & sketchnoting
  • Infographics & illustrations
  • Wall mural artworks
  • Working with kids (marine art-science)
  • Children’s picture books (as Dr Suzie Starfish)
  • Nature education
  • Creative & visual storytelling workshops
  • Science communication workshops
  • Original artworks

When I picture your ideas I help to make the complex simple and the simple compelling and I can picture any idea, topic or concept from and for the following (both live or pre-post event/project or remotely):

  • Presentations
  • Publications
  • Planning days
  • Proposals
  • Podcasts
  • Papers
  • Plenary’s
  • PhDs
  • Policy & legislation
  • Preparation (for talks, interviews, visual CVs etc)
  • Phone calls, teleconferences, streamed events
  • Websites
  • Office spaces


You can see more of my visual storytelling and communications using the art of science via the time-lapse video’s below:

I am drawn to the ocean and to my happy place at Rainbow Beach in regional Queensland (Australia), as this is where I get to work, rest and play and ‘sea’ the beauty in nature. I hope to expand upon my visual storytelling here to help connect the community with nature.

And you can Follow My Blog to receive my posts (just click on the ‘Follow Button‘) and please don’t hesitate to Contact me to find out how I can help you to “Picture your ideas“.

Copyright all images, videos, photos, stories © 2020 Dr Sue Pillans. All rights reserved.

8 thoughts on “Picture your ideas

    • Thanks so much Hungry! Really appreciate the positive feedback on my graphic recording. Always great working with CSIRO and the Torres Strait community.


  1. Love the new website. It is great working with you, giving presentations on the Great Barrier Reef to school kids and for teacher training


  2. Congratulations Suzie Starfish. What an extraordinary young woman you have become. I love your concepts and wow, your photographs are excellent. Well done! Toni F.


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