A Passion for Insects
One of the books I most cherish among my (seemingly) endless bookshelf holds the artwork of Bernard Durin. I find him to be the best illustrator ever to portray insects, one so talented that gave a new meaning to the representation of these animals with his passion and precision. (more…)
Organisms are the reflection of their inner structure, both at a micro and macro level. Scientific illustrators keep this in mind throughout their work, and among the most coveted items to look at while drawing vertebrate animals are their skeletons. Where do they get them? Well, museum collections, zoos, road kill, deceased house pets… you’d be surprised. (more…)
The National Museum of Health and Medicine promoted an Anatomy of Sports Day where scientific illustrators painted the major muscle groups in the body of athletes specializing in different sports. It was so much fun to paint the back and leg muscles of Chris Draft, former NFL football player!
It was a great opportunity to write a post to Visual Nature. Read it online and below.
Visualizing the Body
Any kind of event that brings scientific illustrators and their work closer to the public is very rewarding. The praise and inquiries usually received on our end are guaranteed ego boosters to remember on grey days; but even better is the opportunity to bring understanding to the profession and to the messages of science it carries. (more…)
London hosts annually the Electronic Visualisation and the Arts Conference. In the 2013 edition I presented my doctoral research on the museum visitors’s experience with augmented reality technology. The paper for my presentation was published in the conference proceedings and it can be read online or at the Publications page.
The Sequential Art in Science
Notoriously late, considering that it was published in 2009, I just finished reading Logicomix, the NYT bestseller graphic novel about the foundations of mathematic delivered through the life of Bertrand Russel. (more…)
Indulging in the Swarmageddon
If you’re in this part of the world, it’s hard not to know that they’re coming – judging by what some of the media are announcing, we’re about to get waist-deep in a big horde of large and fierce flying red-eyed insects, aka cicadas. (more…)
Drawing the Flowered Amazon
Margaret Mee was an artist I would like to have met.
Beyond her extraordinary botanical illustration work, she was surely the wittiest and most resolute English lady to hang around the Brazilian Amazon after 1956, for more than 30 years. She was the only English lady to do that then, actually, which per se says a great deal about her. (more…)
Visual Loop, a reference platform for data viz and infographics invited me to write a regular column on the subject of scientific illustration. This is how Visual Nature came to be, a bi-monthly collaboration. Read the first post online or below.
Looking at a Lion for the First Time
I wrote one chapter of the book inspired by the Exuberâncias da Caixa Preta exhibition. The exhibition was at the National Museum Soares dos Reis in Porto (Portugal) and regarded the work of Charles Darwin in his manuscript “The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals”. My contribution introduced the life and illustration work of Ramón y Cajal, prominent neuroscientist from the early 20th century. Download the book chapter ‘Scientific Illustration: Its Role In The Work Of Santiago Ramón Y Cajal’ from the Publications page.
A full day of presentations that reflected over the differences between drawing and knowing how to draw, in the appropriate setting of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Lisbon. My presentation was later turned into the article ‘Drawing Science, Knowing What You Are Drawing’ that you can download from the Publications page.