Shortcuts in Science Illustration

Science illustrations are intended to communicate specific observations of the subject. Accuracy and clarity are essential.

Modern tools are fair game as long as they achieve these aims.


Photography can be helpful. I began this project as a simple sketch. While trying to understand the leaf arrangement, I became interested in the growth pattern. A photograph allowed me to accurately and quickly record the image. I was then able to identify the pattern and overlay the numbers and text. 

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