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?
Had the privilege of attending a fabulous event as part of the Edinburgh Science Festival (which, SURPRISE, I am also working for. See my badge below!): Science Theatre Scratch Night. I found it illuminating and inspiring. The evening consisted of six short performances about science across a range of theatrical styles. There were monologues, short … Continue reading Science Theatre Scratch Night
I think what drew me to science was never data, figures, or facts. I always like the stories. That’s certainly how I ended up in biology. Though I’ve come to realize there are stories to be told in any area of science, biology particularly lends itself to narrative conceptualization. Species and organisms are characters. The … Continue reading Microbiology Stories and a Science Comic
I remain in awe of the museums in London. I specifically chose Edinburgh to study Science Communication because of the great culture of SciComm in this city, and I am delighted overall to be living here. But I can’t help but visit London every now and again because there is something special there in terms … Continue reading Revisiting the Natural History Museum
One of the finest illustrators of the 19th century and an exhaustive researcher, John James Audubon made his mark across disciplines with his work on birds. He identified 25 new species of bird in his lifetime, and his major work, a color-plate book entitled The Birds of America, is considered one of the finest ornithological works … Continue reading SciArtist Profile: John James Audubon
My friend recently purchased one of those trippy light fixtures that makes red, green and blue waves on the ceiling. It’s very relaxing. Looks something like this. As I watched it, I noted how well those colors work together in a lightshow. That got me thinking about the differences between color interactions in light and … Continue reading Light and Pigment
This topic might do well for another little series. I have been thinking a great deal lately about how the role technology plays in two-dimensional design. This is mostly because I am highly interested in design, but don’t consider myself a very skilled draftsman. But technology allows me to be a designer without cultivating the … Continue reading Technology and Design: Adobe Illustrator
I have begun a new project and thought that’d be worth sharing today. Won’t be writing a great deal on it, but a picture is worth a thousand words so sharing this illustration is two blog posts…. Right? I recently had to teach myself how to use InDesign to do a school project, and it’s … Continue reading New Project: CELL[F] STARTED
I recently had the pleasure of actually seeing some of my work display (though not particularly great work). The Main Library at University of Edinburgh has a display up from something I did about art and science. The postcards were created as part of a collaborative workshop. hosted by InterSci, a University a student society … Continue reading Interdisciplinary Postcards!
Another entry in my science of paint series. Today’s post is about what I consider to be unequivocally the most diverse material for creating traditional paintings: Acrylic paint. One would think that the answer would be oil paint, but with the vast range of mediums and additives available for acrylic paint, my own opinion has … Continue reading Science of Paint: Acrylic Paint and the Environment
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