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    Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator and a certified science geek. She is the illustrator of three popular science books: Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at and @eyeforscience.

    Glendon Mellow is a fine artist, illustrator and tattoo designer working in oil and digital media based in Toronto, Canada. He tweets @FlyingTrilobite. You can see Glendon's work-in-progress at The Flying Trilobite blog and portfolio at

    Katie McKissick is a former high school biology teacher turned science writer and cartoonist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her first book is called What’s in Your Genes? and will be in bookstores December 2013. She tweets @beatricebiology. Her work can be found at

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  • How To Talk To a Roomful of Artists Who Are Better Than You


    This past weekend I participated in the Association of Medical Illustrators annual meeting (hashtag #AMI2014), held with the hospitality of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. Here are my public speaking tips when speaking to a roomful of artists who are better than you. Okay, first let’s define “better”. I have a Bachelor of Fine [...]

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    Why Isn’t More Botanical Art Like This?


    Botanical art has some conventions that have helped the practice remain accurate and disciplined: portions of the plants painted in isolation on white backgrounds; often 1:1 in size with the real plant; typically in watercolour for the range of colours (Opera Pink, anyone?) and known factors in preservation. After seeing these works-in-progress by Mieke Roth, [...]

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    Copyright Crash-Course for Visual Artists


    Understanding copyright law is essential for visual artists. At the Guild of Natural Science Illustrator’s conference last week in Boulder, CO Viva Moffat ran a workshop on contracts and copyright which was packed to the gills. Moffat is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of [...]

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    More Science Merit Badges


    I did a round of science merit badges earlier this month celebrating people’s understanding and appreciation of evolution, vaccines, and climate change. In this second round (of hopefully many more), I focus on chemophobia, the often misunderstood “theory,” and the ongoing quest of marine scientists (like David Shiffman of @whysharksmatter) to explain to many Discovery [...]

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    Science on a Sphere & Falling in Love Again


    This week, the only dedicated science illustration conference in the country is taking place in Boulder, CO. The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators’ annual gathering is in full swing and there are fascinating developments to convey. First off, on Monday the keynote speakers addressed two sides of the same question: how can we engage more [...]

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    Science Merit Badges


    I was only in the Girl Scouts for a few years, but I really like the idea of merit badges: you do a task, master a skill, learn something new, and you get a physical token of your achievement to display on a sash. I wish I was still earning badges for things like getting [...]

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    Get Geeked – BoneDusters Paleo Ale is Bottled!


    For those of you who have been following the story of Bone Dusters Paleo Ale, the beer made with yeast living on a 35-million-year old whale fossil, there’s exciting news out of Lost Rhino Brewery today. The beer is being bottled! Here are some photos from the source: All images © Jason Osborne, used with [...]

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    The Windings To and Fro


    “I know that I am mortal by nature, and ephemeral; but when I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies I no longer touch the earth with my feet.” -Ptolemy, Ptolemy’s Almagest While I am a also a fan of work more  scientifically accurate in nature, the imaginative leap [...]

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    Pinch of Pigment: Quinacradone Burnt Orange


    The first time I had ever heard of Quinacradone Burnt Orange (C20H12N2O2) was after starting to work for an art supply company, DeSerres, that I worked for for the next 10 years. That was also when I first started becoming fascinated by pigments. A number of the staff were excited about trying different pigments, and [...]

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    Glendon’s Top 5 Paleoart Books You Must Own


    Protoceratops © by John Conway, from All Yesterdays As someone fascinated by prehistoric life during my entire existence, my love for paleoart is experiencing something of a renaissance: I have children now. There’s nothing more enchanting than reading a dinosaur book with a 3 year old and talking about the beasties. “Maybe this one ate [...]

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