The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

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The skills of the scientific illustrator must extend far beyond theability to create an attractive drawing. In addition to masteringthe standard repertoire of artist’s techniques and digitaldrawing tools, successful scientific illustrators must understandand be proficient in a host of techniques and methods unique totheir field. Sponsored by the Guild of Natural Science Illustratorsand written by top illustrators, scientists, and industry experts,The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration, Second Edition is anindispensable reference guide for novice and professionalillustrators and scientists.

This Second Edition offers broad coverage, ranging from a basicdiscussion of the roles and responsibilities of the scientist (orclient) and the illustrator to the most current technologicaladvances in the field. It includes new chapters on basic computergraphics, murals, model building, illustrating molecules,astronomy, 3D modeling, and earth sciences. The hundreds of toolsand materials that the illustrator uses are examined here, withspecific recommendations for surfaces, media, drawing tools,propping materials, measuring devices, and more. Real-worldguidance, best practices, and helpful tips support the text, aswell as information on innovative applications unique to scientificillustration.

All aspects of illustrating scientific subjects are covered,from depicting specimens to preserving finished illustrations. Careand handling of often-rare specimens and understanding the anatomyof taxonomic groups are addressed in the section on subject matter.This section treats the illustration of physical sciences, plants,animals, and fossils, including wildlife, anthropological andarchaeological artifacts, and medical subjects. Each chapter liststhe materials needed to illustrate the specimens and explains anyconventions to follow when depicting a subject.

Beyond basic skills, the section on rendering techniquesexplores new materials and innovative methods, as well astraditional standbys and their applicability to scientificillustration. Each chapter in this section includes a comprehensivelist of various drawing surfaces and other implements. Step-by-stepinstructions for a variety of illustrative techniques and relatedtools are explored in detail, such as drawing with ink, pencils,carbon dust, watercolor and wash, gouache, acrylics, airbrush, anddigital media.

Scientific illustration is more than just rendering specimens,however. This practical volume provides information on usingmicroscopes; creating charts, diagrams, and maps; reproducingartwork, both as slides or prints and for publication; and creatingthe best archival conditions. Important material and advice isprovided on copyright and contractual concerns, as well asestablishing a freelance business.

With more than 620 outstanding examples of scientificillustration in black-and-white and color, this veritableencyclopedia of scientific illustration also serves as a source ofinspiration, regardless of your area of interest. Scientificillustrators refer to it as their "bible." This gorgeous,comprehensive handbook belongs on the shelf of anyone who produces,assigns, or simply appreciates scientific illustration.

This book offers expert guidance on how to produce impressive illustrations for scientific papers and publications. "A landmark reference."--ASIH Journal.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471360117
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/23/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 637,012
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Meet the Author

ELAINE R. S. HODGES worked as a scientific illustrator in the Department of Entomology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. After entering the field of scientific illustration at the Smithsonian in 1965, she helped found the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, serving as its first newsletter editor and later as vice president and president. She has also lectured, taught, and written extensively in the field.

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Table of Contents

Authors and Editors.




Generalized Steps.

Studio Basics.

Archival Considerations.

Light on Form.


Line and Ink.


Carbon Dust.

Watercolor and Wash.

Gouache and Acrylics.


Murals and Dioramas.

Model Building.

Introduction to Computer Graphics.

From 2-D to 3-D.


Illustrating Molecules.

Illustrating Earth Sciences.

Illustrating Astronomy.

Illustrating Plants.

Illustrating Fossils.

Illustrating Invertebrates.

Illustrating Fishes.

Illustrating Amphibians and Reptiles.

Illustrating Birds.

Illustrating Mammals.

Illustrating Animals in Their Habitats.

Illustrating Humans and Their Artifacts.

Illustrating Medical Subjects.


Using the Microscope.

Charts and Diagrams.

Cartography for the Scientific Illustrator.

Copy Photography.

The Printing Process.




Operating a Freelance Business.

Index of Illustrators.


About the Editors.

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