[Taxacom] Scientific illustration

Bob Mesibov mesibov at southcom.com.au
Wed Jul 22 06:36:39 CDT 2009

Mary Barkworth wrote:

"I have found, as I am sure others have, that the illustrator needs to understand the structures being drawn."

Agreed. If you asked me which of the steps in my last post I would hand over to an illustrator, the answer is 'All but the first - the preliminary drawings'. I know what I want to show and I know how to show it, and I'd have to train up an illustrator in millipede taxonomy to get the same result.

Line drawings of millipede genitalia are not only the most useful parts of a species description, they're often the *only* parts that other specialists look at. They need to show the diagnostic features in just the right way.
Dr Robert Mesibov
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Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and
School of Zoology, University of Tasmania
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