Why Blog about Science and Art?

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I’m a man of two worlds. I’m at home onstage in a musical, sketching in an art class, or out in the woods collecting wasps. For years I saw this as a problem. I thought I was too much of a scientist for art and too much of an artist for science. What is an … Continue reading Why Blog about Science and Art?

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The Superbrains of Concert Pianists

A while back I wrote about scientific illustrators and how they are required to have an insane amount of raw technical skill. I also wrote about how because of this, I would never BE a scientific illustrator. Well as it turns out, this applies to a multitude of virtuosic art forms. Another thing I will … Continue reading The Superbrains of Concert Pianists

Skin Wars: or Writing for Others -A COPOUT POST

As the title suggests... I have failed to write a new post this week. However, I was just recently published online on a very 'Artful Scientist' type topic. This is for EUSci, a science-themed publication on campus at University of Edinburgh. The link to my article can be found below: http://eusci.org.uk/2019/01/28/skin-wars-body-painting-fights-insects-and-disease/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork&fbclid=IwAR1pM1OsarxoQTdPNAo68Pe6bqhh1qVCpp9hT01fZoT8PM2sa1EnPBTATsQ Here's the actual copy. … Continue reading Skin Wars: or Writing for Others -A COPOUT POST

What’s the Deal with Gold?

Jewellery, ornamentation, decoration. From wedding rings to circuit boards, humans have found many aesthetic and technological uses for a certain element on the periodic table. Gold is indicated by the periodic symbol Au (leftover from the Latin word aurum, or shining dawn, an obvious reference to its color) and is a remarkable chemical, if only … Continue reading What’s the Deal with Gold?

Science of Paint: Why Oil Paint?

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I hope to write a series of posts on the science of painting, because it really is quite involved. Interestingl Some of the best painters I know claim to hate science, and yet the ways that pigments and binders interact with substrates is pure chemistry. There were some fancy words there. Some definitions: Pigment is … Continue reading Science of Paint: Why Oil Paint?

Story Time! – The Plant Book: Drawing to Learn Taxonomy

I'll confess, I had originally written the following true story for a very different purpose, but it seems to fit perfectly into the ethos of my blog, so away we go! I am not great at memorizing taxonomic names. Frankly, I’m unsure who is. But as a biology student, it was a cross I had … Continue reading Story Time! – The Plant Book: Drawing to Learn Taxonomy

Medical Drawing and Aims of Drawing in General

I’ve been thinking a lot about illustration lately because part of my resolution for (just before) the New Year is to devote more time to artwork, particularly physical artwork on paper. I’ve already written about how I will never have the required technical skills to be a scientific illustrator, but this has made me think … Continue reading Medical Drawing and Aims of Drawing in General

Technology and Art: Light

It’s Christmas! My manic insistence to write every single week outweighs my urge to take time off to be “festive” (the latest politically correct term from the UK), so Merry Christmas (or whatever other festive celebration you participate in). Christmastime always makes me think of light. And light, like much of everything, gets me thinking … Continue reading Technology and Art: Light

My Obsessive Admiration for Scientific Illustrators (and why I’ll never be one of them)

At  one point in my life I was convinced I could become a scientific illustrator. I guess this isn’t the most shocking revelation to make on a blog about art and science, but it’s surprising to me in retrospect that I thought myself capable of it at all. Here are some of my illustrations:   … Continue reading My Obsessive Admiration for Scientific Illustrators (and why I’ll never be one of them)