Sketching Tip: Solvent Transfers

Reproducing or presenting an image in an artistic way can help you catch the attention of a wider or different-from-usual audience.

One such method is the packing tape sticker I mentioned in my October 2016 newsletter. If you want to create something more permanent, though, you might try solvent transfers.

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August newsletter: Sketching in professional settings

August was full of workshops and trainings, nearly all of which focused on sketching in professional settings such as conferences, classrooms, and meetings.

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July newsletter: Sketching clouds, data on value of arts for scientists, and more!

I spent the past few weeks in Montana and Alberta, where the skies are vast and full of clouds.

I was there to teach a few classes, so July’s newsletter shares some of the material I was teaching.

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This Month’s Table of Contents:

  • Sketching tip: Drawing clouds
  • Artful Science: Scientists on professional benefits of drawing skills
  • Artful Classrooms: Visual note-taking
  • Sketchbook Snapshot: Montana & Alberta road trips
  • News & Events: Subscriptions now available for Drawn to the West!

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June newsletter: Birds on the brain!

Lately, I’ve been writing about birds, drawing birds, tending to the six that are now my responsibility (chickens!), and watching birds. So this month’s newsletter is (almost) all about birds.

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This Month’s Table of Contents:

  • Sketching tip: 4 bird sketching tips (the shapes a bird is “made of”)
  • Artful Science: 2 great #sciart bird books – America’s Other Audubon and The Unfeathered Bird
  • Artful Classrooms: Bird drawing tips from a top bird artist, John Muir Laws
  • Sketchbook Snapshot: Toads, gardens & a puppy
  • News & Events

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CommNatural Newsletter: April/May #sciart inspiration

It’s spring for real in my part of the world. So this month’s newsletter focuses on just that.

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This Month’s Table of Contents:

  • Sketching tip: Starting simply (core tools/materials)
  • Artful Science: A fascinating SciArt collaboration involving university faculty in an unscripted two-week collaboration experiment
  • Artful Classrooms: A nature sketching curriculum replete with drawing tips, suggestions for how to critique student sketches, and more
  • Sketchbook Snapshot: Mountain West springtime means flowers and thunderstorms
  • News & Events: I have several workshops coming up, there’s a new outlet for my syndicated illustrated column, and I recently published a photo essay about eating meat.
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