I'm planning on starting off by having a go at the competition you posted. I do some fiddly carp dissection in my labs and was thinking of drawing a guide - do you have any similar pictures to post? I've never tried a proper science illustration before so references would be handy! :)
Excellent! I’ve posted many fish, some of them might be helpful:
I’ll see if I can find any fish dissection illustrations
The best textbook is the ‘Guild handbook of scientific illustration' particularly chapter 21 'Illustrating fishes' It's expensive to buy but maybe you can find it in your library or get an inter library loan.
I found it via a google image search on etsy and the seller does not give the title of the book only it is from the 70s, so I’m afraid I have no idea of the source. My only suggestion would be asking the seller.
The images on tumblr can come from almost anywhere so sources can be pretty difficult to track down. Tineye and google reverse image search can be helpful but they don’t always work.
International Competition of Scientific Illustration- Call for entries
December 15, 2011 - 12:00am - December 24, 2011 - 12:00am
The Catalan Association for Science Communication (ACCC) is sponsoring an International Competition of Scientific Illustration, organized by the Catalan Association of Scientific Comunició (ACCC) and supported by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy and the Government of Catalonia.
The competition is organized electronically. Submission will be digital files formatted for a 29.7 x 42cm vertical space with sufficient resolution for printing a display copy. Deadlines for digital submission is Dec. 24, 2011.
There are several modest cash prizes (200-300 euros) and certificates. Judging od lower resolution versions will be by popular vote on an ACCC sponsored website. A group exhibition of the top 20 works will be exhibited at the Sagrada Familia Library (Biblioteca Sagrada Família) in Barcelona. No further uses of the work are intended, other than advertising the contest and the exhibit. The contest website will remain on line as an exhibit.
2000: The last Pyrenean Ibex (Bucardo), named Celia, is found dead near the French border, her skull crushed by a fallen tree. The reason for the extinction of the species is unknown, as their habitat was protected since 1918. Since that time, approximately 40 individuals existed at any given…
Do you know of a good way to get illustrations from really old books? I have some beautiful botanical handbooks from the 1800s that I'd love to share, but there's no way to get them on a scanner without harming the spines. I've tried photographing the images, but I'm not able to do a very good job. Thanks for any info you have!
It is fairly tricky to get nice photos of images from old books. Here are some hints I can think of:
Use a tripod - this will give a much sharper image and enable you to make sure that the back of the camera is parallel with the surface of the page so it will all be in focus.
Use the best camera you can preferably a DSLR or a compact system camera with a large sensor
Use a high quality lens - fixed focus lenses will usually be better than zoom lenses
Shoot in RAW mode so you can adjust things like white balance later and take lots of pictures, you can always discard the ones that don’t work
Make sure you have good lighting, preferably natural light. If you do use a window cover it with some thin material to diffuse the light so you don’t get reflections from the page.