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Beetle Study by Deadsound Beetle Study by Deadsound
A gouache study of a beetle for my scientific illustration class last year.
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pixelwings Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student General Artist
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. 
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Deadsound Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Student
Oh thanks! Although I'm currently study illustration at VCU, I have a strong leaning toward Scientific Illustration and concept art. And about your Pinterest board, I had no idea but thanks very much:)
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muffin-wrangler Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
This has a great ye olde explorer vibe to it. Lovely work on the ridged elytra.
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ChiakiNeko Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013   General Artist
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?
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Deadsound Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student
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:D
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ChiakiNeko Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   General Artist
Thank you so much!! I'll keep your advice in mind :) If I do decide to become a scientific illustrator, it would be because of you!
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Deadsound Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student
Oh you! You're making me blush. If you decide to be a scientific illustrator, it should be because of YOU:)
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ChiakiNeko Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013   General Artist
haha fine, but you would have been my inspiration :P
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J-Rayner Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it
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Deadsound Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student
Thanks:)
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