A few weeks ago, a friend wrote and asked me: “What natural history illustrators/artist-scientists would you want to use to inspire youth/adults to love nature, art, and science?”
Oh, was I excited to answer the question!
Here are a handful of the natural history SciArtists I recommended:
And, here are a couple of books that can get you rolling with even more ideas & inspiring SciArtists:
- Field Notes on Science and Nature -essays with field note examples from about 10 different people who do field work and use field journals/notebooks.
- The Heyday of Natural History – great investigation of how the pursuit of natural history became a popular past time and then developed into specialized science
- I want to read this one: Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower: Artists’ Books and the Natural World.
Sketching any time, any where, gets easier with practice. But planning for sketching helps, too.
Having materials ready means I can grab the appropriate (and/or most convenient) set-up and be ready to go at a moment’s notice.
And, having sketching materials along means I’m way more likely to sketch!
Along with some sort of sketchbook, I always have one of these kits in my pocket, purse, or backpack when I leave the house. Continue reading Sketching Tip: Being ready to sketch (or, handy portable sketching materials)
One of my favorite things about being an artist is getting to learn about other people’s science.
For example, in the past couple of years, I’ve learned:
- about traditional ecological knowledge relating to caribou genetics (link)
- several fish species build nests (link; my take)
- citizen science is helping Wyoming biologists track amphibian populations (link)
- bees have germs, and these germs can be studied (link)
- dogs are a big concern when trying to reintroduce bighorn sheep near cities in the Southwest (link)
- you can make pants for frogs (link; my take)
- there are many different ways to measure biodiversity (link)
It’s been pretty neat to learn about all these things, and I’m excited to think there’s no telling what I’ll learn about next!
These tips are excerpted from an earlier article I wrote highlighting many ways that sketchnotes are being used by scientists. The following tips, though, are broadly applicable for many kinds of note-taking situations. Continue reading Sketching Tip: Sketching your notes at conferences, meetings & in class