GNSI Journal of Natural Science Illustration - 2012 no.4

2012 No.4 GNSI JNSI- 28pp. color (Avialable as Digital Download Only)


Education Series Workshop: Slipper Orchids in Watercolor

Mark your calendars! The 2013 Education Series Workshop will be held May 31 through June 3, 2013 at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa.

GNSI Annual Conference in Review: Glowing in Savannah

— Scott Rawlins, GNSI President

Abstract: Savannah, GA is not generally thought of as the “place to be” in mid-July. According to the old adage, “horses sweat, men perspire and women (merely) glow.” I must confess that I behaved like a horse for the entire week, but it is not the sweating or perspiring that I wish to comment on—but the glowing. The week was filled with incredible opportunities—amazing keynote speakers, insightful presentations, creative workshops, delightful social events, and the remarkable camaraderie that we’ve come to expect from our annual meetings.

Pages from My Savannah Sketchbook

Abstract: GNSI conferences always provide great sketching opportunities. Here are a few memories from Savannah sketchbooks.

Savannah Exhibit: People’s Choice Awards

Abstract: Conference goers’ favorite images from the Annual Member’s Exhibit at the Pei Ling Gallery

In Memoriam: Gerald P. “Jerry” Hodge

— Karen Ackoff

Abstract: We have lost a shining star from our GNSI family. Gerald P. Hodge, medical illustrator and educator, passed away on the June 7th of this year. Jerry was born December 3rd, 1920 in Denver, Colorado. Childhood interests were collecting old and unusual things, the natural world and sketching. These childhood interests developed into a life-long career path, first in science and then in medicine and art.

GNSI Legacy Project

— Gretchen Halpert, GNSI Past President and GNSI Legacy Project Coordinator

Abstract: GNSI members have a wealth of scientific illustrations accompanied by decades of research and sketches. An archive of these works is appealing for family members not wishing to keep every file or piece of paper forever, and for illustrators who want to make their life’s work accessible to a broad range of students, researchers and budding illustrators.

Studio Tips: English Watercolor

— Nancy Halliday

Abstract: The term “English watercolor” often seems to baffle my students and colleagues, but it is simply one method of ensuring greater control over this difficult medium. Sometimes called the “two-brush technique,” it involves having one (good quality) brush loaded with color and using another (older, or worn) brush to apply water for pre-wetting.

Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Morales

— Elizabeth Morales

Abstract: A very entertaining theoretical physicist named Brain Greene wrote a book called The Hidden Reality in which he talks about the parallel universe theory of quantum mechanics. It’s very complicated science, but goes essentially like this: If I go for a hike in the woods and come to a fork in the road I must decide which path to take. Because I choose one path over the other I choose one of two potential outcomes. The path that I choose will lead somewhere and all future paths (and outcomes) will follow from this decision. But the question remains, what happens to the other potential outcome?

2012 Education Workshop: Drawing on a Sense of Place

— Linda M. Feltner

Abstract: Scientific Illustrators are trained to render subjects for the purpose of science. Many have opportunities to create a visual narrative or devise an image with multiple levels of meaning while maintaining accuracy. The field of Interpretation encompasses many guides to creating successful projects. It employs methods that provoke thought, reveal answers or ideas, and relate to the audience.

GNSI 2013 Annual Conference

Abstract: Save the Date — July 7-13th, 2013. Our 2013 Conference will be held at the College of the Atlantic, a small college occupying 35 acres and located on the ocean on Mount Desert Island in the seaside town of Bar Harbor. The college is renowned for its programs in environmental and marine studies.

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

— Review by Capt. Suzan R. Wallace, MFA

Abstract: 1787— “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.

What is Beauty?

— John Cody

Abstract: The word beauty occurs frequently in conversations among artists and in their written comments. Carl Brenders, the well known wildlife artist, for example has always remembered a remark of his father’s that served as a guide to the son’s whole artistic career: “Boy, all beauty is in nature.” I imagine that many GNSI and AMI members, perhaps most, automatically and unconsciously accept that view. Nevertheless, it seems to be a minority opinion. - How often have you heard the cliché: Beauty is altogether in the eye of the beholder?

Designing Clearer Communication for Climate Change Imagery

— Robert Simmon

Abstract: Images of measurements, model results, and physical processes can be powerful for enhancing understanding of complex scientific topics. However, many of the graphics that are used in public communication were designed for scientific peers, and not lay audiences. These graphics can often be improved by applying principles drawn from graphic design and information visualization.

Exhibit Call: Plants, Birds & Pollinators — Art Serving Science

Abstract: Mark your calendar! 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.

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