The Grant Museum of Zoology collection has long been used to teach comparative anatomy at UCL and while researching their archive of zoological illustrations I became interested in how drawing could be used to expand how the specimens could reflect contemporary science. In the workshops I developed we explored how ecological dynamics could be enriched by investing abstract scientific content with personal meaning through active experience. The processes by which animals interact with each other and their habitat are as defining of life as their physical forms. Unfortunately, much of what we know remains obscured by the mysterious languages of diagrams, graphs, and equations. By considering how organisms interact while drawing them we sought to enliven our conceptions of their complex relationships and transform audiences’ understandings of remote formulae, bringing them closer to aspects of nature which lie beyond our immediate grasp.