Weather and Climate Textbook Illustrations

I had the opportunity to contribute to the new technical art program for Sheila Loudon Ross' Second Edition of the Weather and Climate Textbook, published by Oxford University Press. Released earlier this year, this introductory text features coverage of current climate change issues and new discussions of important topics to give students greater insight and understanding into processes that affect weather and climate worldwide.

Diagrams were illustrated using a combination of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Art Director: Peter Chambers

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Block diagram depicting the hydrologic cycle and the human impact on it

Block diagram depicting the hydrologic cycle and the human impact on it

Diagrams explaining valley and mountain winds

Diagrams explaining valley and mountain winds

Diagram showing the sun's path through the sky 

Diagram showing the sun's path through the sky 

The carbonate-silicate cycle

The carbonate-silicate cycle

Diagram explaining the sun's altitude angle

Diagram explaining the sun's altitude angle

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Smithsonian Institution, Department of Entomology

Entomology Department

For my internship term at CSUMB, I worked with staff illustrator Taina Litwak in the Entomology Department at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. During my time I created insect specimen illustrations for Entomologists conducting research on newly described species. Using the compound and dissecting microscopes, camera lucida and Photoshop painting techniques, each specimen was accurately depicted by working closely with scientists to ensure correct anatomy. This experience was key to expanding my knowledge of complex entomological anatomy. My illustrations will be included in a wonderful collection describing flea beetles of the Caribbean along with many other talented illustrators.

Gerstaeckeria Weevil by Jillian Ditner

Gerstaeckeria Weevil, pencil drawing on left was assembled from many views drawn with the camera lucida and microsope. Final specimen illustration on the right.

Megasus bimaculatus Jacoby by Jillian Ditner
detail of flea beetle specimen illustration showing high level of detail

detail of flea beetle specimen illustration showing high level of detail

Extinct Species Eocypselus rowie

Artist Rendering Reconstruction

This tiny bird is considered to be the common ancestor to hummingbirds and swifts, discovered in 2013 at the Green River site, in Wyoming. 

sketches to determine pose of bird for final artwork 

sketches to determine pose of bird for final artwork 

paper wing sculpture 

paper wing sculpture 

After digitally drawing the wing with the correct number of primary and secondary feathers, I printed it out to make a movable arm to better understand how it would look in different positions.