GNSI News – November 2017


Call for Contributions at the 2018 GNSI Annual Conference

Are you willing to share your expertise and experience with your peers?  The 2018 Annual Conference planning is well under way. If you are interested in giving a talk, a Technique Showcase presentation or teach a workshop - please respond right away. The Conference is July 15-21, 2018, Washington DC. More information and form to fill out here.


The Legacy of John Cody

GNSI member Cat Wilson wrote an article in memory of John Cody, the “kind, keenly intelligent and funny” artist that the GNSI community misses dearly. Read also the 2016 article “In Memoriam: Dr. John Cody” published in the GNSI website.


Meet the 2017-2018 GNSI Board

Sara Taliaferro (President), Ikumi Kayama (Vice-President), Karen Johnson (Treasurer),  Diana Marques (Outreach Director), Daisy Chung (Secretary), Cheryl McCutchan (Recording Secretary), Linda Feltner (Past-President), Scott Rawlins (Education Director)





Call for 2018 Pollinator Poster Proposals

The Pollinator Partnership is seeking an artist to render the 2018 Pollinator Poster, this year focusing on “Pollinators and Seeds: Supporting healthy ecosystems and food security.” Proposals due Dec. 11th.


Scientific Illustration Distance Program - Winter

Classes begin January 2018

Session I-Graphite
This course offers: basic scientific illustration drawing skills in graphite; perspective, proportion; value; textures; introduction to pen and ink; scientific conventions; lighting; transfering and scanning. It includes handouts; tutorials; live video conferencing; and email. Beginning and intermediate students.
Tuesdays, January 9-March 12, 2018  1:00 or 7:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Session II-Pen & Ink
Pen & Ink is a staple for scientific illustrators. This class gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself to proficiency. Pen and ink, crowquill, line and wash techniques, composition, scratchboard, anatomy, professional practices, final projects.It includes handouts; tutorials; live video conferencing; and email. Beginning and intermediate students.
Mondays, January 8-March 13  1:00 or 7:00 EDT


AMI2018 Call for Presenters! 

The Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) is seeking presenters for the AMI 2018 Annual Conference in Newton, MA, July 18-21, 2018. This will be the 73rd Annual AMI Conference! We are inviting passionate speakers to illuminate the subjects that inspire you the most. Asssess forms here.




Cajal’s Neuronal Forest

With hundreds of beautiful rarely-seen-before figures produced throughout the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century by the famed father of modern neuroscience, Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934), and his contemporaries. Cajal was captivated by the beautiful shapes of the cells of the nervous system seeing neurons as trees and glial cells as bushes. The book, published by the Oxford University Press, will be presented by author Javier DeFelipe in Washington DC on November 15. More information here.


Shop for the Guild!

With the holidays fast approaching many of us will be shopping on line for the perfect gifts for family and friends.  Did you know you can support the mission of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators when you shop using Amazon Smile? Check this Blog entry to see how.



Anyone from UK/Europe?

Hey folks! Just signed up. I know this is US Guild but there doesn't seem to be a similar one for the UK. Just wondering if anyone else is interested in the field. For the record I'm not a professional yet, I haven't been that fortunate. Just looking to meet folks with the same interests a little more local than the States!

- Morgan

Image: Catherine Wilson's homage to John Cody's inspiration.