GNSI News – August 2017


GNSI Education Series Workshop: Creating Your Own Field Guide Illustration

Plants of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Region: Observe, Record, and Create Your Own “Field Guide” Illustration
Celebrate California native plants, especially the plants of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Region! Join professional botanical illustrator Marjorie Leggitt for a three-day workshop that will increase your observational skills, your drawing techniques, and your ability to develop and complete an illustrated “field guide” composition in a medium of choice.

Begin the workshop with a guided field trip introducing native plant communities. After Marjorie demonstrates her field sketching technique for recording botanical data, spend time observing and sketching before collecting a favorite specimen. In the classroom learn step-by-step techniques for developing your sketches into more accurate renderings. Discover the magic of turning these drawings into an artistic and well-designed composition. Introduction to a few simple tools, offers you the option to add scales and labels to your illustration.

One-on-one guidance, instruction, and group input help you in your journey to create a final piece of art. Class will be limited to 15 participants.

Note: This workshop emphasizes the process of on-site recording and composition development. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of their medium of choice.

FULL WORSHOP DETAILS HERE including information about available scholarships.
Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt
Dates: September 9 (10:00 AM – 3:30 PM), September 10 & 11 (9:00 AM – 3:30 PM)
Location: Woodland Public Library (250 1st St, Woodland, CA 95695)
Coordinator: Robin Carlson ([email protected])
Register HERE by August 18 and SAVE!


2017 GNSI Journal no. 2 is out
Download this issue from the GNSI website, it is free for members when logged into their account.

A new online article from the Journal, Leveling Up in ZBrush: A Review of the 2016 GNSI Education Series Workshop, is now ready for you. There are other great articles in this issue:

— Facial Makeover of a New Theropod Dinosaur
Member Spotlight article featuring Natalya Zahn
— Focus on Nature: Awards & About the Exhibit
— Chapter Happenings: Welcome Two New GNSI Groups!
— 3D to 2D Pipeline: A ZBrush® Tutorial
— Pages From My Sketchbook: Interior & Exterior Landscapes
Leveling up in ZBrush®: an Education Series Review



Arthur Singer – The Wildlife Art of an American Master
Arthur Singer emerged in the 1950's as one of the world’s finest illustrators and painters of birds and helped redefine the concept of the bird guide with his 1966 release, The Golden Field Guide to Birds of North America. A new book Arthur Singer: The Wildlife Art of an American Master written by his sons Paul and Alan Singer is out and the companion exhibition on display. More information here.

Dates: August 7-October 28
Location: Rochester Institute of Technology University Gallery, Rochester NY
Opening Reception: September 8, 5:00-7:00pm


Hunt Institute Exhibit - Worlds Within
Worlds Within exposes the generally unseen world of plants and their internal architecture, textures, patterns and functions. It reveals repeating patterns in nature: generic structures and forms, which recur on a macro and micro scale.

Dates: September 22, 2017 - December 15, 2017
Location: Hunt Institute (22 September to 15 December 2017) and Miller Gallery (23 September to 12 November 2017), the two venues, at either end of the Carnegie Mellon University campus, Pittsburgh PA
Opening Reception: September 22, 5:00-7:00pm at the Institute; 6:00-8:00pm at the Miller Gallery



Scientific Illustration Distance Program
Registration is open for the September classes of GNSI’s member Gretchen Halpert’s distance program. Session I includes black and white techniques and the basics of perspective, lighting, composition, and Session III for students who have completed previous sessions includes color techniques, advanced composition, professional practices and preparation for internships/independent studies. Classes with live video conferencing, email, weekly critiques and assignments, and recorded tutorials. Find more information here.

Image: Guelder rose, hand-colored micrograph on canvas by Rob Kesseler.