ginasketch: (violin)
There is an article on the Phylo Project in the Natural History Museum children's magazine Second Nature.






More! )

ETA: You can download a hi-res copy of the poster here!
ginasketch: (violin)
There is an article on the Phylo Project in the Natural History Museum children's magazine Second Nature.






More! )

ETA: You can download a hi-res copy of the poster here!
ginasketch: (squidlet)
Stipple drawing of a dung beetle from the New Forest (It's not quite finished):






Life sized:









ginasketch: (squidlet)
Stipple drawing of a dung beetle from the New Forest (It's not quite finished):






Life sized:









Last day

Oct. 1st, 2010 03:47 pm
ginasketch: (haha losers)
[livejournal.com profile] wieselkind took this picture of me a few hours ago. The location is the Dry Store room no.1. I'm standing in front of some of Ernest Shackleton's seals.


A few more behind the cut. I wasn't allowed to use the flash so it's a bit dark )

I have a few more photos but I'll post them another day.

Last day

Oct. 1st, 2010 03:47 pm
ginasketch: (haha losers)
[livejournal.com profile] wieselkind took this picture of me a few hours ago. The location is the Dry Store room no.1. I'm standing in front of some of Ernest Shackleton's seals.


A few more behind the cut. I wasn't allowed to use the flash so it's a bit dark )

I have a few more photos but I'll post them another day.

The Shiny!

May. 24th, 2010 10:28 am
ginasketch: (ganesha)
I have ordered cocoons of Frog beetles. Lookit the shiny!!



(image from God of Insects)

Also, are any of you interested in free tickets for The Deep exhibition? It runs from May 28th-5th September 2010. If you'd like a ticket, let me know the date you'd like it for well in advance.

The Shiny!

May. 24th, 2010 10:28 am
ginasketch: (ganesha)
I have ordered cocoons of Frog beetles. Lookit the shiny!!



(image from God of Insects)

Also, are any of you interested in free tickets for The Deep exhibition? It runs from May 28th-5th September 2010. If you'd like a ticket, let me know the date you'd like it for well in advance.
ginasketch: (squee)






I've started this guy for the Mall Galleries exhibition. Kind of unfinished. I may add vegetation later. I need to get frames for the pieces too, which is going to be "fun" as they are huge. This one is 18x24 inches. Click for a bigger version of the image.

Anyway, some news. The Darwin Centre will open soon, but before it opens to the general public, they are doing a staff friends and family tour on August 13th. The tours go on until 21:30pm.

I am allowed to take a maximum of 3 people in with me. You will see millions of insects and plant specimens on display in the "cocoon."

Any takers? I was thinking we could go for the tour that starts at 18:45pm.

Edit Please let me know ASAP because tickets are going fast! And yes it is free.
ginasketch: (squee)






I've started this guy for the Mall Galleries exhibition. Kind of unfinished. I may add vegetation later. I need to get frames for the pieces too, which is going to be "fun" as they are huge. This one is 18x24 inches. Click for a bigger version of the image.

Anyway, some news. The Darwin Centre will open soon, but before it opens to the general public, they are doing a staff friends and family tour on August 13th. The tours go on until 21:30pm.

I am allowed to take a maximum of 3 people in with me. You will see millions of insects and plant specimens on display in the "cocoon."

Any takers? I was thinking we could go for the tour that starts at 18:45pm.

Edit Please let me know ASAP because tickets are going fast! And yes it is free.

Goodies

May. 1st, 2009 01:40 pm
ginasketch: (hee)
Today, just before work I walked to Green and Stone, the artshop on King's Road.

I don't usually shop there as it can be expensive, but I decided to treat myself as I hadn't done so in quite a while.

I got myself some spiffy new sketchbooks which I plan to do more Natural History drawings in:






And then I noticed the magazine rack in the shop, and how Illustration had an article about zoological illustration on the cover, so that was snapped up too.





Then I walked through Chelsea back to work. It's a lovely day.

Yesterday, I had my "Big Welcome" at the museum. The best part of the tour was by far seeing the spirit room and getting to touch ugly, huge fish and sharks. Oliver Crimmen, the scientist who showed us around was lovely and really enthusiastic. One of the fish he showed us was Arapaima, one of the world's largest freshwater fish. He told us that their numbers are dropping because people like to harpoon them:

"When I was showing David Attenborough around last week I thought 'I better not tell him about that since he's done a documentary on them.' Then he saw the fish and said 'Ah, Arapaima! I've harpooned one of those."

Goodies

May. 1st, 2009 01:40 pm
ginasketch: (hee)
Today, just before work I walked to Green and Stone, the artshop on King's Road.

I don't usually shop there as it can be expensive, but I decided to treat myself as I hadn't done so in quite a while.

I got myself some spiffy new sketchbooks which I plan to do more Natural History drawings in:






And then I noticed the magazine rack in the shop, and how Illustration had an article about zoological illustration on the cover, so that was snapped up too.





Then I walked through Chelsea back to work. It's a lovely day.

Yesterday, I had my "Big Welcome" at the museum. The best part of the tour was by far seeing the spirit room and getting to touch ugly, huge fish and sharks. Oliver Crimmen, the scientist who showed us around was lovely and really enthusiastic. One of the fish he showed us was Arapaima, one of the world's largest freshwater fish. He told us that their numbers are dropping because people like to harpoon them:

"When I was showing David Attenborough around last week I thought 'I better not tell him about that since he's done a documentary on them.' Then he saw the fish and said 'Ah, Arapaima! I've harpooned one of those."

I am happy

Apr. 22nd, 2009 07:49 pm
ginasketch: (batty)
Please join [livejournal.com profile] belizebirdnhm if you haven't already. I'll be posting the rest there. This is the second specimen I drew. I forgot to take pictures of the first lot. It took me an hour to draw the first toucan on it's side, then 2 hours to make other sketches. This specimen, (1880, British Honduras) took less time.






I am happy

Apr. 22nd, 2009 07:49 pm
ginasketch: (batty)
Please join [livejournal.com profile] belizebirdnhm if you haven't already. I'll be posting the rest there. This is the second specimen I drew. I forgot to take pictures of the first lot. It took me an hour to draw the first toucan on it's side, then 2 hours to make other sketches. This specimen, (1880, British Honduras) took less time.






ginasketch: (evil pair)
A 10 minute sketch with Prismacolor pencil of a Keel-Billed-Toucan. You may wonder why I'm sketching such a colourful animal in monochrome. The answer is before I start experimenting with colour, I want to get a feel for the shape and anatomy of the animal.







The Keel-Billed Toucan has been called the bird with the world's most colourful beak. It's also Belize's national bird and appears on the belizean currency.







I'm wondering if the specimens will have retained that colour. (Not sure what methods of preveseration the museum have used yet for the dry specimens, or how through they are.)

I'm wondering this because this is a Keel Billed Toucan skull, and when you compare the live bird with the skull, a lot of the colour seems to have drained from it, which implies to me that blood vessels in the vascular layer are responsible for the brightness.






More on toucan beaks here.

x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] belizebirdnhm
ginasketch: (evil pair)
A 10 minute sketch with Prismacolor pencil of a Keel-Billed-Toucan. You may wonder why I'm sketching such a colourful animal in monochrome. The answer is before I start experimenting with colour, I want to get a feel for the shape and anatomy of the animal.







The Keel-Billed Toucan has been called the bird with the world's most colourful beak. It's also Belize's national bird and appears on the belizean currency.







I'm wondering if the specimens will have retained that colour. (Not sure what methods of preveseration the museum have used yet for the dry specimens, or how through they are.)

I'm wondering this because this is a Keel Billed Toucan skull, and when you compare the live bird with the skull, a lot of the colour seems to have drained from it, which implies to me that blood vessels in the vascular layer are responsible for the brightness.






More on toucan beaks here.

x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] belizebirdnhm
ginasketch: (birdsong)
I set up a journal for when I undertake the bird drawings. (There's nothing there yet, but I will likely be cross-posting between here and there.)
[livejournal.com profile] belizebirdnhm

I'll be drawing mostly bird skins like these:

(note the image of this bird skin collection is from the Smithsonian, but the NHM's collections are set up more or less the same way.)
Behind a cut as it's a fairly large image )
I got my Masterclass brief yesterday. I can't talk about it because of copyright reasons, but i'm really excited!

Finally, those of you who listen to the Now Show and are on my F-List may remember this little incident. Last night [livejournal.com profile] innerbrat took me to a recording and the audience question was "Have you ever known someone with an unusual or embarrassing name?" I couldn't think of anything, until Debi reminded me of that post. Steve Punt read it out! I have no idea if it will be broadcast or if they will edit it out, but that particular recording of the Now Show is on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm tonight. Listen out for it!
ginasketch: (birdsong)
I set up a journal for when I undertake the bird drawings. (There's nothing there yet, but I will likely be cross-posting between here and there.)
[livejournal.com profile] belizebirdnhm

I'll be drawing mostly bird skins like these:

(note the image of this bird skin collection is from the Smithsonian, but the NHM's collections are set up more or less the same way.)
Behind a cut as it's a fairly large image )
I got my Masterclass brief yesterday. I can't talk about it because of copyright reasons, but i'm really excited!

Finally, those of you who listen to the Now Show and are on my F-List may remember this little incident. Last night [livejournal.com profile] innerbrat took me to a recording and the audience question was "Have you ever known someone with an unusual or embarrassing name?" I couldn't think of anything, until Debi reminded me of that post. Steve Punt read it out! I have no idea if it will be broadcast or if they will edit it out, but that particular recording of the Now Show is on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm tonight. Listen out for it!
ginasketch: (pilot satan)


I came across a fashion shoot in a magazine that looked almost steampunk wild-west. I used some of the pages as reference, though I kind of went with a "modern-wild-west" theme rather tham Steampunk, hence the leopard print corset.

I've been messing about with the brown paper too, though at this stage the drawings are only experimental and nothing major. Click the fake cut to see.

Tree was unveiled yesterday at the Natural History Museum. Upon first seeing the pictures we thought it was painted on. The reality is so much cooler.

I'm also working on some Black and White illustrations for SCBWI's magazine Bulletin, but I have no idea what issue they will be in yet.
ginasketch: (pilot satan)


I came across a fashion shoot in a magazine that looked almost steampunk wild-west. I used some of the pages as reference, though I kind of went with a "modern-wild-west" theme rather tham Steampunk, hence the leopard print corset.

I've been messing about with the brown paper too, though at this stage the drawings are only experimental and nothing major. Click the fake cut to see.

Tree was unveiled yesterday at the Natural History Museum. Upon first seeing the pictures we thought it was painted on. The reality is so much cooler.

I'm also working on some Black and White illustrations for SCBWI's magazine Bulletin, but I have no idea what issue they will be in yet.
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