: Founder and Curator of Entomology
: Co-Founder and Curator of Marine Biology and Limnology
: General Curator
: Curator of Ornithology
: Curator of Homo sapiens and Cell, Developmental, and Microbiology.
We collect the imagery of natural history for those of you who dream away your nights aboard the HMS Beagle, catching beetles in the deep jungle, discovering new creatures in the depths of the oceans, or surfing the veins and arteries through the human body.
This group features informative, NON-PHOTOGRAPHIC, NON-PALEO works of biological illustration / scientific illustration relating to biology in general, entomology, botany, zoology, mammalogy, ecology, evolution, microbiology, mycology, herpetology, anatomy, ornithology, and other biology-related ologies.
FOR INFO ON JOINING & SUBMITTING: bioillustration.deviantart.com…
Why illustrate scientifically when realism can be captured in photos?
"Photographs can misrepresent shape and color, depending upon the lighting. Few specimens are in the pristine shape of a scientific illustration. Often in the process of collecting... specimens tend to dry, curl, twist or otherwise get distorted. When a specimen is preserved or placed in alcohol, it loses its original shape, color, and posture. The illustrator must know a great deal about the organism & what it looks like in nature, before it has been collected. He or she can fill in a damaged section... leave out the specks of dirt, and use the actual color of the living specimen. The illustrator can also create special views, like cross sections, pieces of anatomy, or features at different levels of depth using a microscope." Quote from the Smithsonian @ www.mnh.si.edu/onehundredyears…
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