I was thinking the same thing as Britt.
There is an old book that I found very useful at the time, for those concerned about the preservation of specimens of vertebrates, but I don't know if it is still widely, if at all, available:
Methods of Collecting and Preserving Vertebrate Animals, by R. M. Anderson, National Museum of Canada, third edition revised, 1960; National Museum of Canada Bulletin 69, Biological Series No 18.
The book is restricted to the "traditional" museum methods of vertebrate collection and preservation, the results of which are of limited value to artists unless they are co-ordinated with such references as field sketches, colour studies of live or freshly dead specimens, photographs, notes and so on, but to me, if one is going to go to the trouble of preserving a specimen, it is good to do so in a form that can subsequently be of use to museum/university collections (always with regard to legal restrictions and considerations, of course).
Barry Kent MacKay
Bird Artist, Illustrator
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PS....noteworthy, perhaps, that the original price, when my parents bought it for me 54 years ago, was $1.50.
From: SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural Science Illustration- [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Britt Griswold
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Subject: Re: [SCIART] In situ Field techniques
Your question is rather broad. I would think the techniques would vary depending on the subject matter. Plants, animals, archeology, large/small, etc.
Can you be a little more specific?
On 5/18/14, 1:12 PM, Sharon Birzer wrote:
> Does anyone have recommendations for books or other resources on field
> work, how to preserve specimens, work on site to get all the necessary information for an illustration?
> Also, does anyone have any experience or have traveled with the group
> "ARtBio Collaborative" at this
> Kind regards,
Britt Griswold/SED Code 600
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