John McCain's chosen running mate made her "policy address" recently, attacking funding for "fruit fly resaerch" while making a case for increased funding for Special Needs progams. To say nothing of the conflict with her running mate's "spending freeze" promise, this shows a stupefying level of scientific ignorance. "Drosophila melanogaster is one of the most studied organisims in biological research, particularly in genetics and developmental biology.Drosophila is being used as a genetic model for several human diseases including the neurodegenerative disorders Parkinson's, Huntington's, spinocerebellar ataxia and Alzheimer's disease. The fly is also being used to study mechanisms underlying aging and oxidative stress, immunity, diabetes, and cancer, as well as drug abuse." (wikpedia)
America must reclaim it's lead in science and reseearch. It would be a good start for our leaders to understand and accept value of knowledge and to cease the fetishization of ignorance.
This painting was done yesterday as a demonstration for my class at CCA. I don't use acrylics most of the time, but decided to try them for this. Research and development.
"The Human Body- What it is and How it Works" is a book I was given by my parents when I was 7. I spent hours and hours with this book throughout my childhood- it is among my most prized possesions to this day. Today I not only love this book for it's sentimental vlaue, but for the accomplishment it represents. This book contains over 200 of the most startingly beautiful, creative and complex illustrations I've ever seen. Looking at these pictures today (The book was published in 1959) I marvel at the accomplishment by the illustrator, Cornelius DeWitt.
I often think that the greatest thing an illustrator can achieve is to illustrate a book in a way that makes it relevant far beyond the time in which it is published. I offer this posting as a tribute to the greatness of the work of Mr. Cornelius DeWitt.
Illustrators are often asked "what would be your dream job? "- this is mine. But who could top this?
Bones of the foot
defects of vision
sense of smell....
part of "how the eye works"
Foldout of the systems of the body. Look at the colors, the creativity of presentation, the compositions, the clarity. There are over 200 of these incredible illustrations in this book. Here's to you, Cornelius DeWitt!