Invitation to my presentation about science illustration and my goldenrod project

Next month, on Thursday January 11, I’m giving a presentation about the field of science illustration and about a project I’ve been working on for the last couple years. I’ll be including many of my illustrations as well as a handful of illustrations by other illustrators. The talk is for the local naturalist group Nature Guelph; it is free and open to the public. Details are here and the description is below. All are invited. In this image-filled presentation,…

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Atlantic salmon infographic: Tracking Smolt – Emily S. Damstra

The autumn 2017 issue of Atlantic Salmon Journal included a complex two-page illustration I created to help explain the life cycle of Atlantic salmon and how Atlantic Salmon Federation biologists catch smolt (young salmon), outfit them with transmitters, release and then track them in order to learn why so many never return to three Gulf of St. Lawrence rivers. Tracking Smolt illustration © Emily S. Damstra The illustration is entirely digital. As with any commission, I love…

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Garden Activity Sign illustrations

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of working with Shelagh Smith, a horticultural therapist, to bring her vision of illustrated garden activity signs to life. It was a challenge to create illustrations with enough detail to attract attention, but simple enough to be understood from a distance.  I enjoyed going outside to use the plants in my own garden as reference material on occasion. The signs are now ready and available to be put to…

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Garden Activity Sign illustrations

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of working with Shelagh Smith, a horticultural therapist, to bring her vision of illustrated garden activity signs to life. It was a challenge to create illustrations with enough detail to attract attention, but simple enough to be understood from a distance.  I enjoyed going outside to use the plants in my own garden as reference material on occasion. The signs are now ready and available to be put to…

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Please, enough with the dead butterflies!

We all have pet peeves, even though there’s a lot going on in the world that makes them pretty insignificant. While acknowledging that there are many more important things in life, I write this post about my own personal illustration pet peeve in the hopes that maybe, just maybe, it’ll make a little teeny difference. Here goes: I love butterflies. They’re one of my favorite subjects to illustrate and one of my favorite sights in nature. To…

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A great read (and a few fish illustrations)

Last year, journalist Dan Egan contacted me to ask about licensing some of my fish illustrations for a book he was writing about the Great Lakes. This spring, the product of his hard work is out on bookshelves, and I made a point to read it since it sounded fascinating and – yes – it contains three of my fish illustrations. Alewife illustration © Emily S. Damstra The Death and Life of the Great Lakes (publisher’s synopsis…

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2017 Boys Town commemorative silver dollar

Obverse, 2017 Boys Town commemorative silver dollar • Copyright United States Mint The United States Mint has recently begun selling the Boys Town coins that I wrote about earlier. There are two different versions available; proof (pictured in this post) and uncirculated. You can find them here. The engraver for both the obverse and reverse is Joseph Menna, who did a superb job translating my 2D drawings into relief. Reverse, 2017 Boys Town commemorative silver…

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Artwork in new Toronto Gallery: Nature Art Studio

I’m excited to announce that some of my artwork will be part of the inaugural exhibit of the brand new Toronto art gallery and classroom Nature Art Studio, located at 2837 Dundas Street West in Toronto. About a dozen of my original paintings and drawings will be exhibited, including my recent goldenrod watercolors. The reception for this exhibit is January 28 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM; all are invited! The accomplished botanical artist Nellie Sue Potter and her husband…

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