SciArtist Profile: John James Audubon

Oil painting of John James Audubon holding a gun strapped to his body

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

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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

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)