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Illustration Friday: Umbrella Cockatoo

Umbrella Cockatoo with an umbrella Since discovering Illustration Friday, I’ve always wanted to submit a piece. I love their rule: illustrate anything that has anything to do with their word of the week. The rule is just specific enough that there is a starting point…

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Time-Lapse Painting Videos

This week I’ve been painting few birds in addition to regular studio work. I purchased an iPhone tripod adapter for my gorilla tripod and wanted to see how it works. The iPhone adapter came in different colors (mine is blue!) and the screw portion came…

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DC Eagle Cam: Drawing Eaglets Every Day

DC eagle cam + accordion sketchbooks  = Drawing eaglets every day! Why am I doing this? First, I wanted to do more watercolor. I love it so much, and it’s fun and challenging. To me, quality art comes from practice. And of course, birds are…

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Grand Opening of Studio Kayama Gift Shop!

Studio Kayama is proud to announce the grand opening of our new online Gift Shop! Items that were formerly only available for purchase at special exhibitions can now be ordered online. The shop has signed and numbered prints, matted prints, and 5-packs of blank-inside greeting…

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Combine Art and Science into a Career?

If you are thinking about combining art and science into a career, start here: Hi! My name is _____, and I’m a student at _______. I’m interested in the field of medical and scientific illustration. If you wrote something like this above, I’m really excited…

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Botanical illustration Artist-In-Residency at Denver Botanic Gardens 2015

Artist-In-Residency at Denver Botanic Gardens: There aren’t that many opportunities to be an artist-in-residence in scientific illustration at a renowned botanical garden. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the two artists at the Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG) in March of 2015….

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Everyone knows stealing is not okay, but the Copyright law is about to change to make stealing okay.

When I was in school, the biggest offense a student can make was plagiarism. Stealing someone else’s work, usually writing, and claiming it as their own can get a student expelled from school.  Intellectual property is important, and it must be protected. We live in…

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Bird Sketching Workshop at Maryland Ornithological Society Meeting 2015

I’m so excited to teach a bird sketching workshop at the upcoming MOS conference in Hagerstown! There are few spots left still, so sign up if you can! The class will be setup to have few demonstrations and drawing exercises at the beginning, then we…

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7 Frequently Asked Questions I get as a scientific Illustrator

Thanks for coming to my talk! Any questions? As a scientific illustrator, I get all sorts of questions. Scientific illustration is one of those jobs that is not in the immediate consciousness of a society. We are not famous like firefighters, librarians, teachers, and other…

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Tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou

I was very saddened to learn about Dr. Maya Angelou’s passing. She was to live forever and share her wisdom and courage for decades and decades in my mind. Dr. Maya Angelou was my favorite teacher’s hero, so she’s a grand-hero of mine. There’s so…

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