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
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
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?
If I am to profile scientists and artists as part of this blog, I would be deeply remiss to leave out Leonardo Da Vinci. So allas, here he is. Funny looking guy, come to think of it. When one does a Google search (as one does these days) for Leonardo Da Vinci, the summary of … Continue reading SciArtist Profile: Leonardo Da Vinci
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?
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
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