The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration

The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration edited by Elaine R S Hodges

Synopsis: Sponsored by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and written by top illustrators, scientists, and industry experts, The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration, Second Edition is an indispensable reference guide for anyone who produces, assigns, or simply appreciates scientific illustration.

Offering broad coverage and more than 620 outstanding illustrations, this new edition offers up-to-date coverage on all aspects of this specialized field, from illustrating molecules and 3D modeling to important material and advice on copyright and contractual concerns, as well as establishing a freelance business.

With step-by-step instructions, in-depth coverage of illustrative techniques and related tools, and helpful advice on the day-to-day business of scientific illustrating, it is easy to see why scientific illustrators refer to this book as their “bible.”

1st Edition Published: 1989 | ISBN: 978-0-471-36011-7

Mini-bio: 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. – Wiley

This textbook is a valuable resource for any aspiring science illustrator.  It is a comprehensive reference book that covers the fundamentals and materials of fine art and illustration, the use of microscopes, as well as the business aspects of working as a scientific illustrator.  The handbook describes well tested methods for depicting accurate scientific subjects across many fields of science including molecular biology, botany, astronomy, earth science, zoology, archaeology, medicine, cartography, and the design of charts and diagrams. – From 10 Great Books on Scientific Illustration

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