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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 www.kalliopimonoyios.com 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 www.glendonmellow.com.

    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 www.beatricebiologist.com.

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  • Graphic Guides to Ebola from the Epicenter and Abroad

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    The Ebola outbreak in Western Africa continues to make the news as more cases are reported and casualties rise. A common thread in reporting is the difficulty in communicating accurate information to combat the spread of the virus when communities are gripped with fear and misinformation spreads as quickly as the virus itself. While our [...]

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    The Marvelous Flying Sauropods of Puttapipat

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    There are two kinds of illustrators. Those, like myself who bend fine art and other forms into the service of illustration – and then there are illustrators like Niroot Puttapipat (a.k.a. Himmapaan) who follow in the rich tradition of book illustrators like Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac. In the handling of his art materials and [...]

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    Essential Social Media Sites for Science Illustrators

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    During my recent talk at the AMI conference about social media and illustration, I skimmed this slide near the end. Talks were intended to be 20 minutes long and I don’t like to rehearse too much: I don’t read off of my slides so I tend to remind myself of the critical points and fret [...]

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    Pinch of Pigment: Ultramarine

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    The Virgin in Prayer, 1640-50, by Sassoferrato. National Gallery, UK. When I write these Pinch of Pigment posts, alternate, catchier titles come to mind. This one could be called “Why Blue is a Girl’s Colour” or “The Economics of Symbols”. Ultramarine Blue is one of the most important pigments in Western fine art history. And [...]

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

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    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?

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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