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Journal Of Natural Science Illustration / Volume 54 No. 1:Abstracts

Journal Of Natural Science Illustration / Volume 54 No. 1: Abstracts

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GNSI Conference’s Role in Re-defining Scientific Illustration as a Profession

For the most part, scientific illustration is a comparatively conservative field.  Perhaps the most basic definition of scientific illustration is “images created to help facilitate communication among scientists.”  If this were the sole definition, then accuracy, clarity, and an understanding of what scientists need and want might be the only “givens” to consider.  However, almost since “true” scientific illustration emerged during the Renaissance, it is not scientists alone who were the recipients of the information that can be conveyed by drawings of scientific subject matter.  Today, audiences for scientific illustration include children, adult members of the general public and students of all ages and levels, as well as scientists (natural, physical and social).  

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