The long-awaited arti­cle about Crepidula for­ni­cata L., the slip­per snail, has been pub­lished! I wrote about it before, but wasn’t allowed to post images of my illus­tra­tions until the Jour­nal of Shell­fish Research printed the arti­cle. Dr. Sandy gen­er­ously gave her editor’s copy to Johann. He was thrilled. We were excited to finally see the arti­cle in print. It’s the first pub­li­ca­tion for me as a sci­en­tific illus­tra­tor and for Johann as a sci­en­tist. A won­der­ful start to what we both want to be!

Figure 8 and Caption

In the set of illus­tra­tions above, the first illus­tra­tion (A) was in Werner’s 1959 paper. His work on Crepidula for­ni­cata L. was con­sid­ered one of the best ref­er­ences for a descrip­tion of the ani­mal and its feed­ing habits. The sec­ond illus­tra­tion (B) appeared in the paper by Fret­ter and Gra­ham in 1962 and was drawn by Fret­ter. The third illus­tra­tion (C ) is the first one I did for this arti­cle. This study and result­ing paper led to a bet­ter under­stand­ing of the anatomy and feed­ing mech­a­nism of the slip­per snail given the micro­scopic obser­va­tions and dig­i­tal imagery that were done, which weren’t pos­si­ble before.

Figure 9 alone

In the sec­ond set of images, the pic­ture on the left (A) is a still taken from the video Eric and Johann took of the slip­per snail feed­ing under the micro­scope. The illus­tra­tion on the right (B) is the sec­ond illus­tra­tion I drew for the arti­cle, which shows the entire gill struc­ture. I used stip­pling, lots and lots of lit­tle dots, for the shad­ing in both pen and ink illus­tra­tions. I’m so grate­ful for the oppor­tu­nity. Dr. Sandy told Eric she needed the illus­tra­tions done, Eric said I could do it, she approved it, and the rest, as they say, is history.