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A Handbook of Biological Illustration (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) [Kindle Edition]

Frances W. Zweifel
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This book is designed to help biologists who must create their own illustrations and artists who are confronted with unfamiliar biological subjects. The author, an experienced biological illustrator, gives practical instructions and advice on the consideration of size and of printing processes, choice of materials, methods for saving time and labor, drawing techniques, lettering methods, and mounting and packing the finished illustrations. She explains how to produce clear and attractive charts, graphs, and maps, so essential to science publications. Though this primer does not cover photographic techniques, it does include advice on retouching, cropping, and mounting photographs and on using photographs of biological subjects as aids in drawing. This second edition is updated to reflect the many technological changes in art materials and printing processes that have occurred since the book's first publication, and it includes an entirely new chapter on planning, designing, and mounting the poster presentations that have become an essential part of conferences held by scientific societies. Also included are the requirements and conventions peculiar to biological illustration and a bibliography of useful reference works.

"Every biology student who intends to write a thesis deserves to own this book, as does the biologist who intends to publish or work up some visual aids for his own use. There is no reason to limit the concepts of this handbook to the field of biology; it should be useful to other specific areas of science."—Evan Lindquist, American Biology Teacher (from a review of the first edition)


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  • File Size: 2618 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (November 30, 1961)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001CUIXH4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,258,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great place to begin! March 28, 2000
Format:Paperback
With the internet, lots of people are beginning to design web pages... with no sense of art or style at all. Likewise for some people who use computers for illustrations. This handbook is indeed where everyone should begin if they're going to illustrate. It doesn't say much about computers, but it does show how to make professional illustrations using pre-computer tools -- which still set the standards. It's a most enjoyable book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing to say the least March 11, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Most of the info in this book is quite out of date (the book is a 1988 reprint of a 1961 book). I was expecting lots of good info on the technicalities of what is required for scientifically accurate illustrations but in fact that is only a small part of this book. Not a lot of illustrations either, so again not too helpful. All in all, a disappointing book that is way out of date and therefore not very useful.
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