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Keeping a field journal is an excellent learning tool. It can help to hone not only practical illustration skills, but also observation and identification. I draw from live and dead specimens, photos, and sometimes from memory, both in-situ and afterwards. As can be seen in this gallery, one of my favorite groups to draw is orthoptera.

Drawings and notes do not have to be 'good', neat, or of any particular skill threshold to be useful.


This project is more of a detailed and serious scientific illustration exercise aimed at developing the ability to better illustrate and identify a group I would like to progress in - Pentatomoidea (and related groups).

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