Learning gouache and "trompe l'oeil"

This winter term has been all about color—from colored pencils to watercolor to acrylics and now gouache. (More to come on those other techniques later!) I had never used gouache before this term, though some artist friends had warned me I would love it. It’s a water-based paint, but more opaque than watercolor so you can really build up layers and color.

For this assignment, we had to depict a collection of items in a “trompe l’oeil,” meaning it would fool the eye into looking realistic. That meant it took a long time to get all the details in there—nearly 40 hours on this project. I chose a subject that is important to me, plastic pollution, and it made it easier to spend so much time on it. I’d love to do more work like this in the future.

Fall term's a wrap!

I just wrapped up the fall quarter of the Science Illustration Program at CSU Monterey Bay. I learned a ton about new techniques like coquille and scratchboard, and I loved some of the more creative assignments—like trying to paint a landscape in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe. Over December I’ll be adding a Science Illustration section to my site, and I’ll include more of my digital works, as well. Here are a few snapshots and details of some of my projects, in the meantime.

Update from Monterey

I’m halfway through my first term of the science illustration program at CSU Monterey Bay. I’ve learned so much already—from my classmates as well as the teachers—and I’ve made more art than I have in ages. I’m taking classes in the basics of science illustration, digital illustration, and field sketching. Here are a few snapshots of the projects I’ve been up to this fall.

Back to school...

I left my marine conservation job of 14 years this summer, and I am headed back to school to CSUMB's natural science illustration program in September.  I'm looking forward to combining my two passions of art and conservation, and learning a ton of new skills and techniques!

Self-portrait, art class grade 7

Self-portrait, art class grade 7