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Scientific Langley by muffin-wrangler Scientific Langley by muffin-wrangler
Scientifically accurate stipple and patterning diagram of my young Eastern Bearded Dragon, Langley.

Done in .1 fineliner.

By "scientifically accurate", I mean every single proportion measured to perfection, every single scale reproduced faithfully. It must be thus, for verily I am doing Special Topics at Uni, and ye, have invented myself a scientific illustration course.

I've learned a lot with this, hopefully I'll get quicker as time goes on (this took a fourtnight of nightly work). There are some issues with the patterning on the top of the profile version's head, but... my eyes and hand ache too much to do it all again...
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kiltpower Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow! this is excellent!
What was your method for getting this accurate?? I'd love to know. Scientific Illustration is my dream job, but this drawing made me cry a little bit on the inside. I love your linework! Its reminiscent of some of the master printmakers...
muffin-wrangler Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Aww, thanks!

Umm... Accuracy wise... I like to work from a photograph and life at the same time. I use the photo to get the overall shapes/distances right, printing it off and measuring the distances between points with a ruler, then copying those distances onto the paper I'm drawing on (either directly, or estimating if I want to draw a slightly different angle). I also use the photo to count important details (i.e. how many scales run around from the ear to the nostril). So, I have a sketch with the shapes (i.e. here, the shape of the head, the eye and ear in the right spot, and a grid showing where each scale is). Then, I look at the live (or pickled :P) specimin to get the texture and smaller details right (i.e. the shape of each individual scale, the look of the tympanic membrane on the ear). That kind of stuff tends to get distorted, or lost, or blurred, in photos. Finally, I set it aside for a day or so, then come back and make sure it holds together artistically; sometimes making some lines slightly heavier or adding a subtle lightsource can make something look more finished, though you need to be careful that any artistic flourish isn't obscuring or altering the scientific point of the picture. I've no idea if this is a good way to do it, but it is how I always end up working. I hope the breakdown helps you on your way to being an awesome illustrator!
kiltpower Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for breaking it down for me! Unfortunately, I don't have many resources, and I'm largely self-teaching myself, so its great whenever I find someone with experience willing to share! btw, I actually used this drawing for an analysis in my drawing class and my teacher was just like wtf... thats a lot of damn patience. He was equally awed.
NyxMagic Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
I wish I could do that! you are my inspiration :p
wrong-move Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Holy poop-balls, that is EPIC. Wish I had your patience!! Incredible, as always. Makes me want one (again!!)!!!


skadieverwinter Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Erin you're insanely awesome.
muffin-wrangler Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Langley is the awesome one :D
Fission-Chips Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Student General Artist
teknikal-vision Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
you are the queen of patience!
muffin-wrangler Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
I demand a crown! :P
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