From Stream to Sea

After three years of scrounging up time– first between visiting classes and later during my brief visits– I have finally finished the Stream to Sea paintings at the Scout Island Nature Centre. It is a series that illustrates the journey of young salmon, from shallow streams out to the ocean. Likewise, it shows journey of water, starting as a dewdrop in a forest. Until this summer, only the Ocean and River paintings were completed. Over the past few months,…

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Camp is Over

A month ago I was approached by one of the co-founders of Curiosity Collider to present at their Collisions Between Art and Science evening in Vancouver. Now, some of you may remember that I had to move out of the city earlier this year, and un/fortunately I did not find work elsewhere, so I did not have the means to return. That did not stop us, however! Inspired by Emily Graslie (The Brain Scoop) and Joe Hanson…

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Detour Ahead

I have some news to share, and some explanations to give. It took me a while to figure out how to say it, before I realized that making a comic would be perfect. I have talked about this already with a several people, and have gotten several very different opinions. I feel this is a good decision for where my life is right now. Any words of advice and/or support would mean the world the me. – Laura ————————-…

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Charlie Darwin’s Gone to Sea

Once upon a time, in a land across the sea, there lived a curious young man. His name was Charlie. Charlie loved collecting things. Everywhere he went, he would find things to take home with him. Sometimes he found feathers, other times he found shells. Charlie’s father was a doctor, and he wanted Charlie to be a doctor too. He took Charlie to see his all of his patients, before sending Charlie to the best…

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The Best Laid Plans

A lot of planning goes into making an animation. Since it takes so long to render (a 10sec clip can take a whole 24h, depending on your hardware), you don’t want to waste time rendering footage that you’ll cut out later. So, it is vitally important that you take the time to sit down and plan out every shot of your animation— with notes on the angles, zooms, pans, speed, special effects, etc. Here is the storyboard for the Vaccination Animation…

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Cure-ious Invertebrates

I have been working at Aurora Biomed for a month now (Marketing Assistant, that’s me). Part of my new job is taking over the company’s own science blog, and I am proud to announce that I published my first post last week! It may seem silly to be so excited; after all, I’m no stranger to science, blogs, or writing. I am a bit nervous at the thought of writing “for” scientists, however. Since I…

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New Tools

          Last Christmas my awesome parents got me a Neo Lucida. It is handy little gadget for drawing WHAT I see.  While I had some free weekday-time back in February, I went to the biology department and tried it out on some skulls (as well as shells, corals, and various…things in jars). How it works is simple- you look through a tiny prism, and see what’s in front reflected on your paper beneath. Alas,…

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Ch-Ch-Changes

Change. A funny word, striking a chord of fear and excitement deep in my chest, and at the same time evoking images of immensely slow transformations. I have spent the past 18 years of my life in school. When this year started, I thought I was in for an extra long holiday before crossing the country and going to grad school for medical illustration. But then I got an email saying that wasn’t going to be the…

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The Devil You Know

Summer.  Could there be a lovelier time of year?  The sun is bright, the lakes are warm, and the days are long and lazy.  I like to spend such days basking on the back porch, a book in one hand, a hamburger in the other.  Once, after setting my burger down on its plate to turn the page of my book, I noticed a little black insect crawling on my whole-wheat sesame seed bun. On closer…

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King of the Wetlands

I spent two glorious summers working at the Scout Island Nature Centre. From the whispering grassland to the cool willow trails, my memories are full of animal encounters, strange discoveries, conversations with locals and tourists alike, and a role introducing kids to the wonderful natural world around them. Today, however, I want to focus on one part of Scout Island, one that really distinguishes itself from other nature preserves I have visited, and what draws tourists from…

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