The Resources page is a list of books and other literature that should help round out an education in molecular graphics.


Buy anything by or about Irving Geis. He was the first big name in molecular visualization. He illustrated perhaps the earliest and most famous representations of myoglobin for John Kendrew in Scientific American in December of 1961. Geis produced a lot of material, but unfortunately, it was printed in numbers sufficient for demand. Still, however, you can find his illustrations with luck. Geis collaborated with Richard Dickerson quite a bit, so you may search for his name or in fact read his material.

David Goodsell is another great illustrator. Fortunately he is prolific and his books are in print. His style is smooth and svelte; perfect.

Graham Johnson beautifully illustrated a book on cell biology by Thomas Pollard. The book is a great reference for visualization styles spanning the magnitude of size differences that molecular artists deal with- from the atom to the cell or even multi-cell.

And then of course there is Edward Tufte. While he did not illustrate molecules, he is the master on visualization. His books have a wealth of information (organized properly of course) on how to choose colors or whether to, on graphs, charts, and tables; and shapes, sizes and everything else. 

Online resources: -Amazing movies and tutorials on how to make them. - Loads of movies and visualization tools.
Molecule of the Month- Gorgeous and informative, every month. The article discusses the history and theory behind molecular illustration. This is an obituary for the late Irving Geis.

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