A Handbook of Biological Illustration, 2nd edition (Chicago by Frances W. Zweifel

By Frances W. Zweifel

This booklet is designed to assist biologists who needs to create their very own illustrations and artists who're faced with unusual organic topics. the writer, an skilled organic illustrator, offers useful directions and recommendation at the attention of dimension and of printing techniques, collection of fabrics, equipment for saving time and exertions, drawing options, lettering equipment, and mounting and packing the completed illustrations. She explains tips on how to produce transparent and engaging charts, graphs, and maps, so necessary to technology guides. notwithstanding this primer doesn't conceal photographic concepts, it does contain suggestion on retouching, cropping, and mounting photos and on utilizing images of organic matters as aids in drawing. This moment variation is up to date to mirror the numerous technological adjustments in paintings fabrics and printing tactics that experience happened because the book's first e-book, and it comprises a wholly new bankruptcy on making plans, designing, and mounting the poster displays that experience develop into an important a part of meetings held by way of clinical societies. additionally incorporated are the necessities and conventions strange to organic representation and a bibliography of priceless reference works."Every biology pupil who intends to put in writing a thesis merits to possess this e-book, as does the biologist who intends to submit or paintings up a few visible aids for his personal use. there isn't any cause to restrict the options of this instruction manual to the sphere of biology; it's going to be helpful to different particular parts of science."—Evan Lindquist, American Biology instructor (from a evaluation of the 1st version)

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Hlost scientific illustration, however, is intended for reproduction and therefore need not last more than a year or two. For these, many of the convenient (if short-lived) products \vill do the job, and with added speed and ease. Preliminary Drawings (Rough Drafts) Lead pencils ranging from hard to soft (4H to 4B) Artgum, Pink Pearl, or white vinyl eraser Kneaded (charcoal) eraser Ground: layout paper (any inexpensive ground, such as newsprint, bond, computer printout discards; tracing paper is most convenient) Pencil sharpener or sandpaper tablet Ink Drawings Several straight penholders Pen points of various sizes and degrees of flexibility, such as fine mapping, crow-quill, and writing points Black waterproof drawing ink for the pens above Technical pens with various points Special inks for technical pens, such as Pelikan brand Chamois or lintless cloth for wiping pen points Grounds: opaque papers such as plate-finish Strathmore, hot-press bristol board, or illustration board; tracing vellum such as Albanene, Bienfang's Satin Design, or Denril drafting paperlfilm; transparent matte-surface acetate or polyester film Erasers: kneaded (for cleaning the ground); Koh-I-Noor "imbibed" eraser (for vellum and film) FIG.

20) will help produce smooth, clean lines. cd before ink will flow smoothly. Clean the new point ~vithsoap and \vater or rubber-cement thinner before using. als ~vhileyou are working, since thc point tends to become gummy with drying ink. Dried ink can be rcmo\-ed by rubbing with an emery cloth or by cleaning the point with an!. good liquid household cleanser-wipe it dry or it may rust. 20 Correct position of the hand in holding the drawing pen. 'he pencil outline on the inking (final) ground is the basis for the ink rendering.

Try looking at it upside down or reflected in a mirror. CLARITY The illustration must be neat and conlplete but not crowded. Including more detail than necessary is unwise and wasteful. The purpose the illustration is to serve, or the persons who are to use it, will determine how detailed the work should be. A type specimen, for instance, might be drawn in full detail, whereas the major differences among several genera may be better illustrated by a series of simple line drawings. Do not try to include too lnuch information in tlie illustration; this rnay only confuse the \,ie\ver.

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