It takes a gifted artist to become a great teacher and those who dare to teach never cease to learn.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Teaching at El Charco del Ingenio

Since 2009 the instructors from Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Illustration have been travelling in San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico to teach one-week workshops at El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden. This is an important part of the collaboration between our institutes. Our activities in San Miguel are also one of the projects within the Center for Global Initiatives.
See pictures from the most recent illustration workshop by clicking here. This workshop was focusing on birds, studying bird anatomy, physical characteristics. Observing the birds in motion and then drawing the subject either at rest or in flight. The majority of the students were Spanish speaking and the instructor was Randy Raak.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Power of Storytelling - Sequential Art

(Liz McCauley's character page in process, please click to enlarge)

Following the 2-hour presentation about Visual Storytelling and Science Through Sequential Art at the annual GNSI-conference last week, David R. Clarke led a very successful extended weekend workshop at Denver Botanic Gardens. 
The goal was to develop a one-page comic strip, but at the end of the third day all participants had laid out a 16-page story about topics such as invasive species in Hawaii to a frog who becomes a yoga teacher. 
The class will stay in touch and give a progress update and a possible publication of the material. It was a refreshing  experience for scientific illustrators who often focus to the minute details.
Please see more pictures from the workshop by clicking here.
(different yoga poses pretended by the  Yogy Frog and drawn by Charlotte Ricker; please click to enlarge)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

GNSI Annual Members' Show, Boulder 2014 - People's Choice

(Best B/W: Randy Raak, Graphite - Secretary Bird)
Over 120 GNSI members attended the Annual GNSI Members Exhibit opening which was held on Monday night, July 14 at The University of Colorado, Boulder Natural History Museum in conjunction of the 35th Annual Meeting and Conference. At that event everybody was encouraged to vote for their favorite piece in the five different categories. The results were announces last night at the Annual Banquet:

1. Best Black and White: Randy Raak, graphite - Secretary Bird
2. Best Color: Heidrun Snyder, colored pencil - Western Painted Turtle
3. Best Mixed Media: Barbara Harmon, graphite, watercolor and digital - Hanford Reach National Monument Flipbooks
4. Best Digital: Nicole Fuller: Plant and Animal Biodiversity Color Wheel
5. Best 3D: Gary Hoyle, epoxy clay over styrofoam core - Male Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina)
(Please click here to see all the 'winners')

This scientific illustration exhibit including 81 high quality pieces is on display until September 25, 2014 and strongly recommended.
(Best Color:   Heidrun Snyder, colored pencil - Western Painted Turtle)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Beginning of the Summer 2014

(Papaya illustration by Alice Pearson)
In February 2014 we had a course focusing on how to handle a specific illustration project. This time around we were refreshing our signage in the conservatory. Now the new signs are up in the appropriate locations and the result is very pleasing. When you are visiting the Gardens next time, please stop by the conservatory and see them all. 
More images from our recently completed courses can be viewed by clicking here.   
From "Drawing on Tradition: Realism and Rory McEwen" by Anne-Marie Nishi