News Stories from August 2016

Botanical Illustration: What's in a name? part 2

Story posted: 26. August 2016 by Lizzie Harper

In the last blog I talked about how vital Latin names are to botanical illustrators, natural history and Sciart practitioners and enthusiasts.  We covered Kingdoms, Phylum, Class, Order and Family.  In this blog we’re looking at the two components of an organism’s Latin name – the genus and the species.

Now we get down to the Latin name as you’ll see it written, a genus name followed by a species name.  This is referred to as the scientific name of an organism.  It is written in italics with the genus capitalised, the species name not capitalised.  You may see Latin names…

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Botanical Illustration: What's in a name? part 1

Story posted: 12. August 2016 by Lizzie Harper

Natural history illustrators are asked to illustrate a wide variety of plants and animals, and it’s vital that you draw the correct organism!  With so many similar species out there, I can honestly say that I’d be lost if it weren’t for the use of Latin names to pinpoint the living thing you’re illustrating.

So how does this system of naming work?  First, it’s vital to remember that naming things is a very human trait.  We have invented this complicated and detailed format to be able to identify all living things, but it’s by no means a perfect solution.  Latin names are forever…

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