Below is one slide from "What is Scientific Illustration?" a powerpoint I use to introduce students to the field. Those employing science and nature can often use an illustration. Most these users are self-evident, but some can use further explanation: -Drug/pharmaceutical industry hires illustrators to explain their product on inserts and packaging. -Commercial products/Advertising-think botanical illustrations on packaging for teas, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. What abou
Did you participate in Inktober? If so, you may have noticed that producing a drawing daily, no matter how simple or complex, just the mere repetition of the act, became habit. Comfortable. Non-threatening. Your drawings improved or took you to new places. Perhaps you want to develop your pen and ink skills. You are invited to join us in January. Thank you. At this time of year, when holidays are upon us (Thanksgiving in the US) and wild turkeys gather in my fields, we
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Drawing and Model by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. Images courtesy of CMoG and Cornell Univ. Do you remember when natural history museums first came into vogue?
Neither do I, but history does. Consider what you find in such a museum today: skulls and skeletons, rocks and minerals, taxidermied animals and bird skins. Jellyfish and fresh flowers......wait. No. Because invertebrates and plant materials lose their integrity-color and form-quickly. From 1863 to 1890, Leopold and R
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