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Another of the Guild's founding members has passed away. Carolyn Gast played a major role in creating the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. She worked as the staff illustrator in the Invertebrate Zoology Department of the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum. She was interested in the medieval development of Guilds for professions and Carolyn was the one who suggested that a Guild be established for scientific illustration. Her interest in this subject extended to illuminated manuscripts and stereoscopic images, and she created many of her own.

GNSI Education Series Workshop:

Visualizing Dinosaurs: Intro. to Science Illustration in 3D

Location: Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center, the University of Maine, Orono Maine

Date: October 23 through 25, 2015

Registeration (Sept 21- Oct. 12th) - $375 for GNSI members, $475 for non-members.

I am an Anatomy & Physiology professor, and the author/illustrator of a four-book series called The Visual Analogy Guides with Morton Publishing. The inspiration for these books was born in the classroom. In the anatomy lab, I used to draw sketches for students comparing anatomical structures to things from everyday life.

by Trudy Nicholson

From the moment I could see over the top of my mother’s drawing board, I was captivated by the magic of a blank sheet of paper turning into an image. I saw her hand with pen, pencil or brush create charming animals – often for me. That fascination never left me. All through school, in the Philadelphia suburbs, my interest especially centered on Art and Biology. Just before graduation my biology teacher told me about medical art schools — information that I stored in my mind.

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