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Janet Wilkins <[log in to unmask]>
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SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural Science Illustration- <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 11 Aug 2008 11:52:42 -0500
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Okay, I just emailed an incredibly long rant about science illustration and Nature Journal that I think got lost in cyberspace!

Rather than repeat the WHOLE THING, I will just mention an article in Nature Journal, 30 January 2003 issue that wasn't so flattering. The cover title says "Scientific illustration Can you believe your eyes?" and inside, the title is "Is a picture worth 1,000 words?" It's by Julio M. Ottino, R.R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University.

It's a critique that much of the science art that is published today is "divorced from science and science plausibility."

Janet Wilkins

>From: Joan Lee <[log in to unmask]>
>Date: 2008/08/11 Mon AM 10:42:58 CDT
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: [SCIART] conference publicity

>On Aug 11, 2008, at 11:28 AM, Frank Ippolito wrote:
>>  it is a nice prop in an important publication. though the basic  
>> sentiment is about how integral illustration is within the sciences,   
>> I do wish that the author hadn't repeated returned focus on the  
>> aspects seen at the meeting that had so little to do with actual  
>> science illustration. Terryl Whitlatch's "fantasy creatures...  
>> inspired by the anatomy of real animals" is a nice sidebar to our  
>> profession. on its own it would have served as such. but the author  
>> then quotes Warren Allmon description of "... inspired guesses, and  
>> artistic creativity to form a picture of what animals may have once  
>> looked like." all the part's of Warren's talk where he mentions actual  
>> paleontological illustration (and not popularized animal restorations)  
>> is left out. he then mentions Jame's Gurney's Dinotopia talk. this  
>> keynote was interesting and entertaining but not about real science  
>> illustration. all this in a one page article leaves little room to  
>> mention what science illustration really is and what GNSI typically  
>> focuses on during a conference. in Omni magazine this would have been  
>> expected. I guess when I see writings in journals such as Nature or  
>> Science I am expecting an article written for scientists.
>>  -frank
>>> Hey, hey, hey! I got my copy of the Nature article and I didn't even  
>>> need to make the trip to Tufts (not a long drive for distance, just  
>>> the so-called "rush hour" traffic that lasts all day).
>>> I've been looking at the link for a time and found that you didn't  
>>> need to subscribe, however, the article still costs $32.00 and it was  
>>> just one page! (Gulp!) So, I FINALLY decided to just write to the  
>>> library at Tufts yesterday and received a PDF copy this morning.
>>> It was well worth the wait folks!
>>> Janet P. Wilkins
>>>> From: gretchen halpert <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> Date: 2008/07/29 Tue PM 06:51:33 CDT
>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>>> Subject: [SCIART] conference publicity
>>>> Hi all,Here are two links of interest:
>>>> The first is from Jim Gurney's blog, with a very nice report of the  
>>>> conference under July  
>>>> 24th: 
>>>> science-illustrators.html
>>>> The second is an article that was in the Journal Nature. Your best  
>>>> bet for reading it is from a university library unless you have a  
>>>> subscription. The article came out the week before the conference  
>>>> and was posted on the bulletin board at the  
>>>> registration. 
>>>> 454278a.html
>>>> Both good press for the GNSI.
>>>> The Ithaca conference committee rocks!
>>>> Cheers,Gretchen
>>>> Gretchen HalpertGNSI past-president (Gail, I owe you the  
>>>> tiara.)Elmira, [log in to unmask]
>> -- 
>>  Frank Ippolito
>>  Principal Scientific Assistant
>>  Div. Vertebrate Paleontology
>>  American Museum of Natural History
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