One of my favorite things about being an artist is getting to learn about other people’s science. For example, in the past couple of years, I’ve learned: about traditional ecological knowledge relating to caribou genetics (link) several fish species build nests (link; my take) citizen science is helping Wyoming biologists track amphibian populations (link) bees … Continue reading Artful Science: Learning by drawing
These tips are excerpted from an earlier article I wrote highlighting many ways that sketchnotes are being used by scientists. The following tips, though, are broadly applicable for many kinds of note-taking situations. Keep your supplies simple and portable. A ballpoint pen and one color (marker, colored pencil, even a crayon!) can produce delightful results. … Continue reading Sketching Tip: Sketching your notes at conferences, meetings & in class
Sketching any time, any where, gets easier with practice. But planning for sketching helps, too. I discussed a couple of ideas for planning in the April 2016 newsletter. Those tips focused on paring down your materials to essentials and sketching from photos so you’re a little more familiar with subject matter when you sketch it in real … Continue reading Sketching Tip: How few materials can you bring?
It’s still summer where I live (though not for long – we’re at 7200′ in elevation!). The bees and wasps are honing in on crab apples falling in my yard and arugula bolting in my garden. A bumble bee I spotted the other day reminded me of some bees I drew a while back, and … Continue reading Sketching Tip: Insects
Happy summer, dear readers! I trust this finds you enjoying the weather and doing a bit of sketching. It’s hot in my corner of the Mountain West. I’m writing you from my basement – the only space where it is cool enough to think. But, happily, along with the heat comes garden season, complete with loads of the pollinators … Continue reading Summer 2017 newsletter: Drawing on windows, making fish & more art-science tips
He said so himself. And he regretted it. Exhibit A, from The Autobiography of Charles Darwin: “[Not being urged to practice dissection] has been an irremediable evil, as well as my incapacity to draw.” It was actually Darwin’s shipmate on the HMS Beagle, Conrad Martens, who made the sketches best known from that expedition. And, it wasn’t until … Continue reading Darwin wouldn’t draw. Seriously.
The other morning, I found this moth on the back steps of the cabin where I spent almost two weeks in June (at the UW Research Station in Grand Teton National Park). I spent a fair bit of time with this one, like I do with nearly every moth I can get my hands on. … Continue reading Sketchbook Snapshot: Mystery Moth
The longer I am involved with art-science integration, the more time I get to spend teaching teachers — teaching them how to use drawing in science education. It’s an incredible perk of the work I do, as I’ve written about before. In June, I co-taught a Summer Teaching Institute focused on “Exploring Art & Science.” … Continue reading Teaching teachers to integrate cichlid phylogeny, resin sculptures, and drawing in k12+ classrooms
This is a simple short cut for situations when you have a complicated landscape to draw, and you don’t feel up to it, or don’t have the time. I recommend a wet-erase marker (like the ones that used to be standard equipment when using an overhead projector). These markers will enable you to re-use your … Continue reading Sketching Tip: Drawing on Windows
This article is the sixth in a series aimed at helping you enhance your #scicommand #sciart by avoiding #visualplagiarism. It will do so by laying out some best practices for dealing with images (which are, by their nature) visual intellectual property protected by copyrights. Please chime in, in the comments or by contacting me, if you have suggestions … Continue reading Commissioning SciArt Illustrations? Know what you want and what you can spend. (Using Images-A Best Practices Primer,…