This is marvelous! Your different approaches convey so much information, yet everything is so orderly and beautiful. Would you mind if I asked where you are/were studying? I'm planning on applying to some different grad programs next year for Scientific/Medical illustration.
Also, I'm not sure if Deviantart alerts you, but I have added your illustration to my pinterest board, Monsters and Molecules.
Wow this is a beautiful illustration! The wings are so detailed Hm I'm in high school right now, trying to figure out my future...your illustrations have piqued my interest in a career in scientific illustration. I love art and I love biology, specifically entomology and zoology, so this could be a way to bridge the two areas. Do you mind telling me a little about scientific illustration? What courses do you suggest I take in college to become successful?
Thanks! Well, I would suggest actually a wide range of courses, as scientific illustration really relies on you to be strong in multiple aspects of art making. Figure drawing from life is recommended, courses in anatomy and zoologic anatomy are essential, and you want to take a class on concept illustration and one on observational drawings. I would experiment with every medium you can get your hands on, and see which is best for what result. Keep a sketchbook specifically for found natural items. Take walks in woodsy areas and draw leaves, bones, bugs...pretty much anything you come across. And a pocket magnifying glass does wonders for spotting tiny details. Look at famous botanical/biological illustrators and see how they solve design and space problems. Do a little bit each day and you'll be surprised at how quickly you improve