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

By Frances W. Zweifel

This ebook is designed to assist biologists who needs to create their very own illustrations and artists who're faced with strange organic matters. the writer, an skilled organic illustrator, provides sensible directions and recommendation at the attention of dimension and of printing techniques, collection of fabrics, equipment for saving time and hard work, drawing suggestions, lettering equipment, and mounting and packing the completed illustrations. She explains tips to produce transparent and engaging charts, graphs, and maps, so necessary to technology courses. even though this primer doesn't hide photographic concepts, it does comprise suggestion on retouching, cropping, and mounting photos and on utilizing photos of organic matters as aids in drawing. This moment version is up to date to mirror the numerous technological alterations in artwork fabrics and printing techniques that experience happened because the book's first booklet, and it comprises a completely new bankruptcy on making plans, designing, and mounting the poster shows that experience turn into an important a part of meetings held by means of clinical societies. additionally integrated are the necessities and conventions extraordinary to organic representation and a bibliography of important reference works."Every biology pupil who intends to write down a thesis merits to possess this ebook, 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 recommendations of this guide to the sphere of biology; it's going to be helpful to different particular components of science."—Evan Lindquist, American Biology instructor (from a assessment of the 1st version)

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T'hc chief advantage in using tracing paper for sketching is that you can draw and retrace a drawing, changing and rearranging lines and details, over and over again until you have produced a satisfactory preliminary sketch. T h e tracing paper may be taped over a printed grid (such as graph paper), to make measuring easier. Sonie artists do all their sketch corrections 011 one piece of tracing paper by flipping the sketch over and altering the lines on the back, then flipping back again, erasing the front and altering again, until the sketch is satisfactory.

As in any drawing from nature, you must spend at least as much time observing the subject as you spend drawing it. Sitting quietly near thc animal for a half-hour or so will enable you to observe its form and manner of movement; also, it will give the animal a chance to become accustomed to your perhaps unfamiliar presence. Some animals grow nervous, even hostile, when they are stared at and may be less than cooperative. You may have to look away occasionally or leave the area for a while. Also, smiling so as to show one's teeth is not advised; an animal subject may interpret this as threatening behavior.

Hachure lines that follow the contours of the subject may show the form more effectively than stipple in many instances, and once the tech~liqueis learned hatching takes less time than stippling. However, stippling is easier for the beginner to do, since it requires less care to achieve satisfactory results. There is no danger of hooking the short strokes (see below), and an imperfect dot is much less obvious than an imperfect hachure line. Contour lines require careful planning and execution but are the most effective and elegant method of shading.

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