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Happy beginning of Fall to everyone!


GNSI 2016 Ed Series - 2D Digital Animation and 3D Sculpting…from the Heartland

We are very excited to announce the GNSI 2016 Education Series Workshop…actually TWO, two-day workshops back-to-back (take one, take both!)… on digital animation and 3D Illustration. Look at the link for complete details and registration information coming soon. Fort Wayne IN, at Indiana-Purdue University-Fort Wayne (IPFW), October 27-30. Instructors: Mandy Root–Thompson will guide you through advanced Adobe AfterEffects® animation techniques applied to 2-D illustrations created in Adobe Illustrator®; and David Killpack will guide you through 3D illustration using Pixologic zBrush®. 

GNSI 2016 Annual Conference Plenaries on YouTube

Didn’t make it to the conference and would like to learn from two of the amazing plenary speakers? Or maybe you were there and can’t wait to revisit the great presentations? Go over to YouTube to check out Terryl Whitlatch’s and David Goodsell’s wonderful contributions.

2016 GNSI Members Exhibit

The pieces submitted by GNSI members to the online juried show are all now online!

Interpreting Five Fingers, an interview with Sharon Birzer

Open article from the 2016 No. 1 issue of the Journal where Audrey Freudenberg interviews GNSI member Sharon Birzer about her journey though art projects in the Northwest environment. Check it out!

GNSI Speculative Work Policy

Speculative (spec) work is any kind of work that a creative professional renders and submits to a potential client in the hopes of securing work, but without guarantee of appropriate compensation and/or without a fair agreement concerning rights to the work. The GNSI issued a statement to the members to inform where it stands regarding spec work. 


Scientific Illustration Distance Program

Registration is open for the September classes of GNSI’s member Gretchen Halpert’s distance program. Learn scientific illustration from where you are! Sessions include the basics with black and white techniques (Wednesdays, September 14-November 16) and advanced information with color media (Mondays, September 12-November 14). Instructor: Gretchen Halpert.

Captured with Colored Pencil: Design and Contrasts in Nature

The GNSI Great Plains Chapter is hosting a two-day workshop by renowned colored pencil artist Rhonda Nass, open to members and non-members alike. University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, October 7-8. Instructor: Rhonda Nass.

New Class of the Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators

With a new collaboration with the Yale Peabody Museum, the CTNSI is launching a certificate program in natural science illustration. Follow their website and Facebook page for information as it gets updated.


Celebrating 10 Years of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators – Great Plains Chapter

Event Date: Fall Semester

Opening reception: Friday, September 2, 5-7pm

Location: 2nd floor of the Love Library, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Members of the Great Plains Chapter are proudly celebrating their 10th anniversary with an exhibition of their artwork. On display there are also tools, specimens, and educational information about scientific illustration and the chapter.

New England Society of Botanical Artists: The Art of Woody Plants

Event Date: July 8-October 16

Opening reception: Saturday, July 9, 1-3pm; Artists’ Demonstration: Saturday, August 13, 2-4pm

Location: The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Thirty-three works are exhibited ranging from watercolor to pastel. The focus of this show, woody plants of New England, offers a unique, artistic interpretation of many of the plants included in the Arboretum’s collection.


Dining with Dinosaurs, A Tasty Guide to Mesozoic Munching

GNSI member Hannah Bonner’s new book takes you on a tour of who ate who (and what) in the Mesozoic. You will learn all about the ancient food web, from enormous long-neck herbivores to teensy blood-drinking fleas. Get ready to be amused, surprised, and maybe even a bit grossed out when you learn what was on the prehistoric menu. The book will be release on September 20 and is intended for ages 7-12, or anyone else who likes their science delivered with lots of pictures and a sense of humor.

Diana Marques
GNSI Outreach Director
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