I taught a lesson on scratch-board, charcoal and carbon dust this week. If you haven’t played with any of these media recently, I’d recommend it. We had a lot of fun. Here’s my finished Motor Light Machine (inspired by a description from Zev, and partially illustrated by him as well. Note, the background pencil doodles). The color was dropped in digitally.
We used the students finished art to make stickers, extending the lesson into digitizing traditional media and digital coloring. We printed them through Moo.com. Now, we have silly stickers ready for the beginning of the new school year.
Today was the first day of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (http://2016.conf.gnsi.org/) meeting. There was portfolio sharing and visiting with old friends. I got a few requests to re-post a few favorite printable, shareable pieces of art. If you want copies, here you go:
Hey Look! A Dandelion! (http://www.blurb.com/b/6913130-hey-look-a-dandelion)
Cuddly toy Nautilus (https://walkaboutem.com/2015/09/23/176083757/)
Ctenophora fabrics (https://walkaboutem.com/2012/12/21/ctenophora-fabric/)
Sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus).
The Nigella are blooming again in my garden.
Here you go, people who still look for art here. A blooming succulent!
I’ll still keep posting art when I can, but I’ll be dropping away from three posts a week down to whatever is convenient for me for the foreseeable future, as a result of other projects taking much more of my time.
Last spring, I did a bunch of dandelion sketches. It took a year, and they are now out as a book. It’s an interactive anatomy guide to the common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale). It’s silly, you can virtually pull it apart and examine the mechanism of seed dispersal in this favorite ruderal plant. It was fun to make, I hope you love it! It’s available for sale at:
Here’s the days collection of butterflies we saw.