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Call for Presenters: 2014 Comics and Medicine Conference

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Art as Applied to Medicine in collaboration with Graphic Medicine invites papers for the fifth Comics & Medicine conference, a gathering of healthcare professionals, artists, academic scholars, comics enthusiasts, students, and various stakeholder groups. The conference will take place on June 26-28. Stay tuned for information by subscribing to the site at the link on the top right of the homepage. Additional information on the conference is available on the conference home page.

The theme of this year’s conference, From Private Lives to Public Health, aims to highlight the relationship between comics, personal health narratives, and public health issues such as barriers to healthcare and the stigma of illness. We invite the submission of a wide variety of abstracts focusing on medicine and comics in any form (e.g. graphic novels, comic strips, manga, webcomics) including:

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Call for Exhibits: Creature Design Contest

Creature artist Terryl Whitlatch, well known for her work on Star Wars movies, presented a keynote and workshop at last year's GNSI meeting. She has her own production company now and she is holding a creature drawing contest that some of you might be interested in.

Creature Design Contest

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Call for Exhibits: Wings and Water

Wings & Water: A Juried Exhibition of 2D and 3D Art is a national exhibition exploring artists' perceptions and imagery that comes to mind with the words wings and water, be the imagery botanicals, birds, insects, fish, animals, water/shore environment…open for interpretation. The exhibition is offered though River Arts Inc., a non-profit organization based in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin dedicated to enriching, inspiring, and educating through the arts. All artists, styles, techniques, and media are welcomed. Please see the details through Café (Callforentry.org). January 1 deadline for March 7-May 6, 2014 show.

Full details and link to entry forms

Geoff Thompson's Award Winning Fly Photo

Geoff Thompson's photo of flesh flyAustralian GNSI member Geoff Thompson's specimen photos are winning him recognition down under. Geoff works for the Queensland Museum & Science Centre. He was recently honored with several Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Images Awards, including Best Overall Biological Photo for this image. It's the definitive specimen, holotype (QMT2351), of a flesh fly Sarcophaga alpha. The species was described by Johnston and Tiegs in 1922. For the photographers among you, the equipment used: Visionary Digital image, Canon 5D MkII, focus stacked with Zerene.

GNSI-Oregon: Digital Illustration Workshop

August 2 and 3rd, 2013 the GNSI Oregon Group hosted a computer workshop geared toward Scientific Illustrators as part of our ongoing Ocean Art Challenge. Our members had indicated improving basic computer skills was high on their wish list.

Amadeo Bachar, the digital media instructorAmadeo Bachar, the digital media instructor for the Scientific Illustration Program at California State University in Monterey, provided an excellent workshop plan for us, and was an excellent and very qualified teacher, and very patient.

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Science Illustration Sourcebooks

For those who promote their work to potential clients, one of the traditional methods is through sourcebooks. For the science illustration community, this often means September is a big month when the fruits of your labor are put on display in the latest editions of the Science-Art and Medical Illustration Source directories. The Science-Art.com sourcebook is full of GNSI member's work and the art of Nicolle Rager Fuller graces the cover.

Both these publications will be released to a total of 9500 potential art buyers this September. The cool thing about the internet is that the books are already available digitally for your enjoyment, and is an educational opportunity in how others design promotional material for themselves.

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[Compiled] 2013 GNSI Annual Conference

2013 GNSI Conference Logo by Dick Rauh

2013 GNSI CONFERENCE

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Call for Exhibits: Plants, Birds & Pollinators-Art Serving Science

The Denver Botanic Gardens and the GNSI are pleased to announce a premier juried exhibition opportunity for GNSI members only, highlighting the subject matter of plants, birds, and pollinators. Subjects may include plants only or animals only (birds, mammals, insects, reptiles & amphibians, etc), but judging weight will be given to images that emphasize plants and their relationships with their pollinators.

Original art only (includes prints of digital works) in 2- or 3-dimensions. Jurying emphasis will be on both artistic excellence and scientific accuracy.

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2013 GNSI Presidential Election

Amelia JanesAll members in good standing are eligible to vote on the next President of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. The newly-elected President of the GNSI will serve as President-Elect for one year, President for two years, and Immediate Past President for one year. The nominee for this position is Amelia Janes.

To vote please go to http://www.gnsi.org/forum/business/gnsi-presidents-election-link
(You must be a logged in GNSI member in good standing to see this page. For login instructions go to this FAQ: http://www.gnsi.org/forum/faqs/check-membership-expiration-date)

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Call for Exhibits: The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

Entries are open to the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, a unique opportunity for talented artists to immerse themselves in the wonders of science.

Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

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2013 Illustrating Nature Exhibit

The Science Illustration Graduate Certificate Program at California State University, Monterey Bay is proud to announce the 24th Annual Illustrating Nature Exhibit. This renowned show will be held for its 4th year at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. The opening reception is May 3rd from 5-7 p.m. and the show will run through June 16.

This year's 2013 Science Illustration students hail from six countries and have diverse backgrounds in both the sciences and the arts. They have come together with one commonality: a love for the art of nature. Within this broad genre, you will find a variety of subjects. If you love science, nature, and art there is sure to be something you will find captivating, and the caliber of artistry is truly astounding.

Only 15 students are selected for this prestigious graduate certificate program every year ensuring an outstanding level of artistic talent and scientific know how. The major focal point is natural history and students are encouraged to explore any and all scientific subjects of their choosing for which they have an interest. From the four instructors Ann Caudle, Jenny Keller, Amadeo Bachar, and Logan Parsons, the students are taught traditional science illustration techniques, digital media, layout and design, and how to prepare oneself for the professional world at large. Many excellent and intriguing guest speakers throughout the school year provide encouragement and examples on a variety of career paths a science illustrator may choose, including: publishing in textbooks, children's books, science journals, and popular magazines; forensic reconstruction; extinct or prehistoric species reconstruction; fine art exhibiting, illustrating for scientific research; creature design for the entertainment industry; and on the business side: the laws of how to be an artist, and how to protect and conduct oneself legally and professionally.

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Book Release: Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down?

Why Would Any One Cut a Tree Down, Cover

The US Forest Service just released a beautifully-illustrated, non-fiction children’s picture book that discusses why trees are sometimes cut down.

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Pat Latas wins Artists for Conservation fellowship

On April 18, 2013, Artists for Conservation (AFC) announced its 14th fellowship, a grant in the amount of $5,000 US, awarded to American wildlife artist Patricia Latas of Tucson, Arizona. The fellowship is part of the AFC Flag Expeditions Program, which supports up to two artists per year in their fieldwork, studying and rendering endangered species or habitats that deserve greater public attention, particularly in remote parts of the world.

The primary goal of the expedition is to illustrate and support the efforts of the Kakapo Recovery Team - a conservation organization whose mission it is to save the Kakapo- a flightless species of parrot that lives in burrows in New Zealand.

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Call For Exhibits: HIV Visualization Challenge

Former GNSI member Graham Johnson writes:

In my lab at UCSF and my former lab at Scripps, we have developed two software packages that enable easy access to molecular modeling and to large 3D models of cells with molecular details.  To kick off the open-source release of the latter project, I designed a visualization challenge.  Unfortunately, it is in its last days, but there is a brand new category using quick and simple animation tools in molecular viewers like Chimera and PMV with no competitors yet as well as a category for still images that give people with nothing better to do this weekend a chance to compete.  Would it be possible to post this announcement (or some simpler link in your own words) for the contest on the GNSI forum?  No worries if you think its too late.  I'm happy to send any images you need or you can find them on my website for the contest http://www.autopack.org/cellpackchallenge2012.
Thank you,
Graham

cellPACK Visualization Challenge2012

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Call for Exhibits: 16th Biennial Exhibition of the Illustrators Club

16th Juried Show of the Illustrators ClubThe 16th biennial Juried Exhibition of the DC/MD/VA Illustrators Club will be held at PEPCO's beautiful Edison Place Gallery in downtown DC. The exhibition will run from June 10 through July 13, 2013, and will feature works chosen by our group of eminent judges.

All the illustrators from DC, MD, VA, PA, DE, WV, NJ, and NY area are welcome to submit their recent illustrations. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work. Our website is now open for entries. Upload your work at http://illustrators.server302.com/IC016/entry1.php

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The GNSI Traveling Exhibit at The Prehistoric Museum: Price, Utah

Rock Crab by S. Landry"What is Scratchboard? How do they get so much detail? I've never heard of carbon dust, but I really like it! I would never have the patience to do this. It is just like a photograph, only better! Just keep looking, you will find more animals and different plants! How do they get that texture?"

>Image: Rock Crab by S. Landry

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Call for Exhibits: AOI Illustration Awards

The AOI Illustration Awards are the most comprehensive and highest profile illustration awards based in the UK. The AOI Illustration Awards will promote exceptional work by illustrators and present illustration as a major force in global visual culture. The awards are international and open to illustrators worldwide working across all sectors and in any medium.

AOI Illustration Awards

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GNSI Membership Survey

I hope GNSI has taught you few things from traditional watercolor techniques to business practices to how to turn a roadkill into a clean specimen.  Now it’s time for you to tell GNSI your thoughts.

The GNSI board is always dedicated to bringing you the best services, tools, and opportunities for professional and scholarly development to promote a better understanding of the field of scientific illustration. I’m hoping you will give us some advice and share some of your background, interests, and expertise. The GNSI members generally tell us that they like the offerings from the group, but we need to make sure that we are really on target with what you want and need from GNSI.

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Science-Art.com Marketing Program

GNSI is proud to announce we have arranged for Science-Art.Com (our commercial arm) to offer a newly expanded marketing program for freelancing science artists!

The program will consist of many marketing tools worth over $3200, including a custom Science Art catalog that will be published in October 2013, but we have worked hard to get the maximum value: the price is set at $1625!

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Fernando Correia's Work Featured in National Geographic-Portugal Edition

Fernando Correia reconstruction for National Geographic Portugal EditionTwo Portuguese paleontologists - Rui Araujo and Ricardo Castanhinha - whose work was partially supported by a National Geographic Society grant, have excavated in Mozambique searching for Permian fossils since 2009. Their findings wrote a new page in the earth history book and have allowed a better understanding of mammalian ancestors' evolution journey. Portuguese Editor, Gonçalo Pereira, once again challenged illustrator Fernando Correia to recreate a paleontological scene, this one regarding the Permian period, and based on the available fossil records. Following a traditional workflow, the researchers, the illustrator, and Art Director Vasco Martins worked closely together in order to achieve the best visual approach and, simultaneously, the necessary credibility and scientific accuracy.

The main directive and emphatic vectors were: a slightly hilly horizon, a lake (similar to present-day Niassa Lake), and a typical Permian phyto community in the background; in the foreground, three animals already identified and described (left, a Gorgonopsian; middle, a Temnospondyl; right, a Dicynodon), near a shallow stream. The result was a double page illustration that opens the article published in this February's issue of National Geographic - Portugal.

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