Saturday, April 24, 2010

Desde hace unos dias se puede visitar la exposición Quaderns de Viatge, organizada por la Apiv, en el Museu de Ciencies Naturals de los Jardines de Viveros, Valencia.
Hoy sabado hay una conferencia de Horacio Altuna a las 18 h y a las 19:30 la Fiesta de la ilustración (que viene a ser el acto de inauguración tardío de la exposición)
En la exposición podreis ver obras de 103 ilustradores e ilustradoras de la Apiv, con textos de Carles Cano. También hay un catálogo editado.

Esto es un escaneado del original de mi aportación. La versión final que podéis ver en la expo y en el catálogo es en escala de grises y tiene algun añadido más (una tinta plana y una trama)

That's the original scan of a piece made for a collective exhibition on Valencia (spain) The drawing is based on a photo took in london few months ago.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Focus on Nature XI exhibition is now open to the public!
It runs through October 31, 2010

(ALBANY, NY) Focus on Nature XI: Natural History Illustration opens April 12 at the New York State Museum, showcasing world-class, juried artwork by top illustrators from 13 countries.
This exhibition, open through October 31in the Photography Gallery, will feature 93 natural history illustrations, representing the work of 73 illustrators from the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. The subjects represented are diverse, ranging from those only found in the artists’ home country to those that have a worldwide distribution. They include the Short-beaked Echidna, the Platypus, and the Leadbeater’s Possum, all mammals found only in Australia, and the Red Andreaea, a plant endemic to the Agulhas Negras Mountains of Brazil. Also represented are many birds familiar in the northeastern U.S. such as the Peregrine Falcon, Barred Owl, Connecticut Warbler, House Sparrow, and one of the world’s most widespread -- the Barn Owl. There also are illustrations of an African Dung Beetle, along with the producer of its nourishment -- an African elephant. Also included are recreations of extinct organisms such as the Apatosaurus (a dinosaur), Deinosuchus (an ancient crocodile), and Odontochelys (the ancestor of turtles.)
A five-member jury of artists and scientists selected the pieces on display, based on the illustration’s educational value and artistic quality. The exhibition’s goal is to demonstrate the important role illustration has in natural science research and education, to stimulate curiosity about the world, and bring clearly into focus images of nature that people might not otherwise be able to visualize. Jury Awards will recognize the outstanding achievement of these artists.
“Natural history illustration is both useful to science and appealing to the general public and yet it is an art form that is not often exhibited.” said Patricia Kernan, exhibition curator and scientific illustrator at the Museum. “Most people do not realize that illustrations are still often the primary means used to record science and give explanations of the natural world. While very useful, photography cannot completely replace the accuracy, clarity, and flexibility of good illustrations. For instance, special
diagnostic features can be highlighted, the juxtapositioning of important information can be accomplished, abstract concepts can be diagramed, and extinct organisms can be brought to life. There are examples of all of these in this exhibition.”
Many of the illustrations are created for field guides, textbooks, science articles and presentations. Some of these publications are included in exhibition cases. More information about Focus on Nature can be found at:

An online catalog with images and statements by the artists, as well as the names of Jury Award winners, will be available on this website after April 13. An interactive with this information also will be in the exhibition gallery. The State Museum, a cultural program of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education, was founded on a tradition of scientific inquiry. Started in 1836, the Museum has the longest continuously operating state natural history research and collection survey in the United States. The Museum is located on Madison Avenue in Albany. Further information is available by calling 474-5877 or visiting the museum website at

My selected piece:Watercolor, pencil and digital painting. On the expo you could view both the original work on paper and the finished digital print.

And here is another piece, not selected, for the same call for entries (same technique):

Both artworks were made on October 2009