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Taina Litwak is interviewed for Science Friday

Taina Litwak's beetle illustrationTaina Litwak, a long time GNSI member and past GNSI president, is featured in the Science Friday blog by Annette Heist. This interview led to another, in Science News.

Taina is both a biological and medical illustrator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Systematic Entomology Lab. The image here is of the beetle Licracantha formicaria, a newly discovered species of ant mimic wood-boring beetle illustrated for Dr. Steve Lingafelter.

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Book Review: The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds

The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds book coverIt’s been said that unless one studies the structure of birds, one will never really portray them well. This is especially true for birds, for they are cloaked in a soft covering that conceals most of their anatomy. The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds is a book that will guide the new or experienced bird artist with an in-depth approach to drawing birds.

There is a certain fear factor facing the novice bird artist. Birds have shape and form that demonstrate light and shadow, which are apparent from viewing the outside. Artists must also study and investigate what goes on underneath the feathers, how the feathers attach, and how all of this benefits flight.

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Call for Exhibits: 49th Annual Wild Mushroom Show

The Art Committee of the Puget Sound Mycological Society (PSMS) is pleased to announce our fourth juried Art Exhibit to be part of the 49th Annual Wild Mushroom Show.

The Wild Mushroom Show will be held Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th, 2012 at the Mountaineer's Club, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA

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Call for Exhibits: California Jewels

Here is a Call For Entries for our upcoming GNSI-CA show "California Jewels" to be held from November 1 - December 31, 2012 at the Environmental Education Center in Tilden Regional Park (in Berkeley, CA).

Entries are due by September 1, 2012.

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Member Spotlight: Scott Rawlins

SCOTT RAWLINS, 2011Even before 1981 (when Raiders of the Lost Ark was released) I have been trying (in an unfocused way) to pattern my life after that of Indiana Jones —or at least his predecessor, Allan Quatermain. Both men were, to one degree or another, able to balance the sedentary world of the intellect with the dynamic world of travel and exploration.

Like Dr. Jones, I have some advanced degrees in science-related fields and teach at a university. I have traveled to unusual and/or exotic locations. I have studied grasses in Kenya, collected scorpions in Jamaica, examined the stomach of a patient in a Michigan OR and painted Amazonian plants in Brazil. Unlike “Indy,” I like snakes (and sometimes collect them) and have not been chased by natives with spears, giant boulders or beautiful Nazis.

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[Compiled] 2012 Annual GNSI Conference

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DBG Pollinator Exhibit and Legacy Project

Two large events are coming. First is a big exhibit late next year that you need to be planning for now. Second is a long-term project we need your input on:

Exhibit Call

Plants, Birds & Pollinators Art Serving Science

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Field Sketching Kit Show and Tell -2012 Conference Feature

Dorothia Rohner attended the 2012 conference technique showcase where she captured some photos of a new offering this year - the Field Sketching Kit Show and Tell.

Jenny Keller and her sketchbook

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2012 Conference Highlights: Virtual Copic Markers

Diploblubb by Terry WhitlatchIf you have a Mac, a tablet for drawing, and want to have some fun, take a look at Sketchbook Copic Edition. The normal Sketchbook Pro is $29, but the Copic edition is free (but limited to Copic media) in the Mac App Store. If you were in Savannah, Terryl Whitlatch shared her techniques using these makers. If you are intrigued by this tool and adapting it to your needs, give it a try.

>Diploblubb by Terryl Whitlatch

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2012 Conference Highlights: Voices from our Members

2012 conference in review

>2012 Conference In Review

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2012 Annual Conference Highlights: Jodie Holt

Jody HoltThe 2012 Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Conference kicked off with a keynote lecture delivered by Dr. Jodie Holt. She is a professor in plant physiology specializing in invasive plants at University of California, Riverside. Jodie presented an interesting look at how people see or don't see, the importance that the plants have in the world. Outreach to the public through her research and her graduate students only gets you so far.

>Dr. Jodie Holt at 2012 GNSI Conference in Savannah, GA

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Science Illustration and New Media

As a guild, a group of like-minded professionals, we need to promote ourselves both for the benefit of our profession and our own careers. Using social networking tools is a powerful marketing strategy that if used collectively can bring more money and prestige to our field. I am very proud to be a science illustrator and unfortunately, most of the world has no idea who we are. People need to know who we are, why we are doing it and why this work is important. I’ll summarize a few of the most popular new media tools, including how to use them and why.

Image capture of Facebook page

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2012 GNSI Educational Series Workshop: announcement

2012 GNSI Workshop locationWe are excited to invite you to join us for the GNSI 2012 Education Series Workshop, June 22 through 26, at the Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana, within the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Pablo lies near the center of this home of the Salish, Pend d’Oreille, and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT, http://www.cskt.org/) and is located 60 miles north of Missoula. It encompasses the Flathead Lake and River and the majestic Mission Mountains. This beautiful, mountainous western region provides workshop participants with access to rich and varied sets of human and natural resources near our workshop location; participants will be surrounded by the beautiful and diverse habitats of the region--its wetlands, mountains, and prairie, which will provide an awe-inspiring backdrop for exploration and art.

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1957 job description for the paleo-Illustration position of GNSI Founder Lawrence B. Isham, Smithsonian Institution

This is the 1957 job description for the paleo-Illustration position of GNSI Founder Lawrence B. Isham, Department of Geology, U.S.National Museum, Smithsonian Institution. It provides an interesting insight into the requirements for a museum staff illustrator position in the mid-twentieth century.

Official Position Description for Lawrence B. Isham dated 2/27/57

Smithsonian Institution, United States National Museum, Department of Geology; author unknown.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 543
Courtesy Smithsonian Institution


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Call for Volunteers Graphic Designers

The GNSI is LOADED with talented people: illustrators, of course, but graphic designers as well. Do you enjoy graphic design? Are you skilled at all basic aspects of graphic design and can produce print and web-ready art? Can you spare some time now and then to help out your intrepid (and overworked) Communications Team with the occasional graphic design project? Then we want to hear from you!

We are talking simple brochures, flyers, and postcards. We are NOT talking about regular recurring projects and you would NOT have to commit to any set amount of time or a set number of projects. We would just like to have your name on file to contact when projects come up and we are otherwise swamped (like now!). If you are available and can help out, great! If not, that’s fine, we’ll move to the next name on the list.

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Call for Exhibit: The Art of Science

The Salem Art Association invites members of the Oregon Group of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators to submit up to four images of artwork for jury consideration for an all-media group exhibition in the Camas Gallery at the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem, Oregon. The exhibit will be on display June 1-July 28, 2012.

Who can submit: Natural Science Illustrators who are current members of the GNSI-Oregon Group can submit four entries without charge.

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2012 COM.EN.ART Residency

2012 COM.EN.ART residencyThe Huyck Preserve is accepting applications for the 2012 COM.EN.ART program (PDF Application Link).

COM.EN.ART (COMmunity.ENviroment.ART) is an Artist-in-Residence program for natural history illustrators offered by the Huyck Preserve, a biological field station and 2000-acre nature preserve in the picturesque Hudson Valley hamlet of Rensselaerville, NY.

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Book Review: Joseph Hooker Botanical Trailblazer

Joseph Hooker Botanical Trailblazer

This richly illustrated little book follows Joseph Hookers career as he struggles to raise botany from a Victorian gentleman’s hobby to a recognized science. Through his world travels and a network of collectors he identified more than 12,000 new plant species, published several illustrated books and journals on plants and eventually followed in his fathers’ footsteps as Director of Kew Garden. His good friend and colleague Charles Darwin was so impressed with his work that as a legacy he funded the Index Kewensis, a comprehensive list of the world’s plant species which is still kept current today. The beautiful plant illustrations and landscapes reproduced here from his journals are accompanied by reproductions of lithographs and paintings done by Walter Hood Finch. This overview of Hookers life along with the reproduced illustrations, documents and photographs make this little Kew publication one any fan of the history of botany would enjoy.

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Book Review: Images of Nature–The Art of the First Fleet

First Fleet Falcon1787 “Two Naval Ships, the HMS Sirius and HMS Supply, three store ships and six convict transports set sail from Portsmouth bound for Botany Bay,” ‘the First Fleet’ as defined by colonial Australian historians. The brief but poignant introduction by Lisa Di Tommaso, the Assistant Librarian of the Natural History Museum in London, sets the stage for a series of images that portray the earliest encounters between European commerce and Australian aboriginal natives.

The collection exhibiting this summer in London highlights the illustrated works from three categorized sources: the works of George Raper, a midshipman on board HMS Sirius, the works of Thomas Whatling, a landscape artist turned convict for forgery, and works by unidentified artists who went by the name “Port Jackson Painter.” Given that the voyage or colony had no designated official artist, the collection’s unique depictions are a testament to the various artists, their unique character, and how they came to be in Port Jackson, Australia, in the late 1700s.

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International Competition of Scientific Illustration

The Catalan Association for Science Communication (ACCC) is sponsoring an International Competition of Scientific Illustration, organized by the Catalan Association of Scientific Comunició (ACCC) and supported by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy and the Government of Catalonia.

The competition is organized electronically. Submissions are digital files formatted for a 29.7 x 42cm vertical space with sufficient resolution for printing a display copy. Deadlines for digital submission was Dec. 24, 2011.

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