What do you do with a free evening, chalk, and a group of scientific illustrators? Why, you quickly create a mural showcasing local specie. At the Guild of Natural Science Illustrator's conference this summer in Santa Cruz, CA, 180+ illustrators convened to exchange inspiration, knowledge and artwork. GNSI member and illustrator, Taina Litwak, dreamed up the murals (this is one of three), prepared the surface, supplied chalk and references, and let us go to town. SIDP student, Peter Green, participated in the drawings, as did I. For more information about the conference, go to You'll see all the wonderful speakers, workshops, events, and field trips. Next year's me