My name is Ivy Rutzky, and I'm a scientific assistant at the Museum. I also write and illustrate
science books and Web sites for kids. I'm going to show you how to do a scientific illustration of a monarch butterfly in a few easy steps.
Scientists prefer to use drawings of their specimens rather than photographs. Why? When you draw you can:
remove any distracting background
show a lot more detail
make sure you get the colors right
show your subject from the angle of your choice
learn a lot about your subject because you take the time to draw it