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:iconhedwigthestrange: : Founder and Curator of Entomology

:iconbanvivirie: : Co-Founder and Curator of Marine Biology and Limnology

:iconsagekorppi: : General Curator

:iconskivwidget: : Curator of Ornithology

:icondrianis: : Curator of Homo sapiens and Cell, Developmental, and Microbiology.



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We collect the imagery of natural history for those of you who dream away your nights aboard the HMS Beagle, catching beetles in the deep jungle, discovering new creatures in the depths of the oceans, or surfing the veins and arteries through the human body.

This group features informative, NON-PHOTOGRAPHIC, NON-PALEO works of biological illustration / scientific illustration relating to biology in general, entomology, botany, zoology, mammalogy, ecology, evolution, microbiology, mycology, herpetology, anatomy, ornithology, and other biology-related ologies.

:bulletpurple: FOR INFO ON JOINING & SUBMITTING:… :bulletpurple:

:bulletpurple: Why illustrate scientifically when realism can be captured in photos?

"Photographs can misrepresent shape and color, depending upon the lighting. Few specimens are in the pristine shape of a scientific illustration. Often in the process of collecting... specimens tend to dry, curl, twist or otherwise get distorted. When a specimen is preserved or placed in alcohol, it loses its original shape, color, and posture. The illustrator must know a great deal about the organism & what it looks like in nature, before it has been collected. He or she can fill in a damaged section... leave out the specks of dirt, and use the actual color of the living specimen. The illustrator can also create special views, like cross sections, pieces of anatomy, or features at different levels of depth using a microscope." Quote from the Smithsonian @…
Congratulations to the winners of the contest!!

:iconnachiii:: FIRST PLACE:star:
Lapwing Family by Nachiii

:iconhybris2:: SECOND PLACE:star:
Wolf Spider, carrying young by Hybris2

:iconmarmot-of-doom:: THIRD PLACE:star:
Great Crested Grebe Parenting by Marmot-of-Doom

Thank you to all who participated!

Let us know if there's anything we can do to improve the contest process! For six-month contests, we seem to get very few eligible entries.
Do you think we should have shorter contests? Longer contests? One winner? Better prizes? Voting on contest topics? Leave a comment if you have ideas! :D
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Vidimus78 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you guys think you'd take figures that are phylogenetics related? Not sure which folder that might fall under. Perhaps Cell, Developmental, and Micro?
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I suppose we would as long as there is an illustrative aspect to it, and the illustrations must meet the requirements for the quality of our main galleries. If it is a fictitious bracketing it would go into our Fictitious and Humorous folder. If has many lineages and could fit into any folder I suppose Cell and Developmental would be fine.
Vidimus78 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, they're not lineages [though I may have some real ones down the road]. They're descriptive on character polarity, mostly just a visual example of ordered vs unordered states. But if you think these don't qualify, it's not a big deal. Thanks for the consideration though <:
LockedBox Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hey, I don't mean to nag but I submitted a work last week and haven't heard anything back yet. Is something the matter with it? It's never taken so long for me to get accepted/declined before.
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators now has a Facebook page you can 'like'. Even if you aren't a member, you can watch the updates and talk with professionals in this field.
Julais Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Also recommending stopping by to look at what them tree-huggers are painting at Botanical Artists' FB page, as they feature a LOT of jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, socks-removing botanical illustrations:…
david-harris Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Thank you.
WolfOfSahara Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Guild of Natural Science Illustrator annual conference 2014. Good for anyone here to participate:…
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Once again too busy to make a piece for the exhibit. :cry: Maybe next year.
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