Archive for the ‘sketches’ Category

iguana doodle

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

iguana doodlle

AMI Meeting Doodles

Friday, August 24th, 2012

meeting attendees

This was the view from my hotel room. If I had drawn a more panoramic view I could have included a strip club.

drawings from Dr. Sketchy’s Rochester

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

The theme for the last session was nicktoons

the left handed drawing challenge


Volunteer Work at the Carnegie Museum

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

I started volunteering for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History again in February. One of my first projects was to make line drawings of feathered dinosaurs for an activity for a feathered dinosaur themed birthday party at the museum. The kids at the birthday party looked  at actual pictures of the fossils and artist reconstructions of the dinosaurs then they glued feathers onto the line drawings where the feathers would be on the dinosaurs. They aren’t 100% anatomically accurate because I did not have the time to learn dinosaur anatomy within a few hours and it was not necessary for the project. I’ve also done some work on developing educational activities for summer camps field trip groups. Most of the educational activity ideas that I’ve worked on have to do with using art to help teach scientific concepts.

My latest project for the museum is a painting of screech owls that will be used as a backdrop for a distance learning teleconference . The painting depicts the red and gray color morphs of the owl. Here is the sketch.

More sketches

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

I’ve spent that last couple days looking through help forums attempting to fix a stupid error  I made that caused me to lose access to the blog’s admin panel.  After lots of trial and mostly error I was finally able to find an easy way to fix it using phpmyadmin and by using Filezilla to relocate some files that were moved into the wrong folder.

Anyways here are some sketches

sketches of my cats

A view of the Consol Energy Center and Mellon Arena from the 12th floor of Mercy Hospital

A plein air watercolor painting of the lake by my old apartment

Lower leg muscles and nerves

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Polycystic Kidney Disease Illustration

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Polycystic kidney disease is a genetic disease that causes  fluid filled sacs called cysts to develop in the kidneys. Cyst development begins in the nephron, the filtering unit of the kidney, when a cell carrying the genetic mutation proliferates. The wall of the cyst is formed by proliferation of the mutated cell and cellular processes draw fluid into the cyst. The cyst continues to enlarge and eventually breaks away from the nephron. The growth of cysts causes the kidney to enlarge and disrupts kidney function. There are two types of PKD, autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive. Individuals with the autosomal dominant PKD tend to develop symptoms between the ages of 30-40, autosomal recessive PKD is rare and it causes symptoms to develop in utero or within the first months of life.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney disease lists PKD as the fourth leading cause of kidney failure. According the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation even though PKD is more common than the genetic conditions cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia and Down’s syndrome there is very little public awareness about it. There is currently no cure for Polycystic kidney disease.

more about PKD

a few sketches and a stomach

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

gesture drawings of one of nadia comaneci ‘s floor exercise routines

animal skull studies

I might use this sketch to create a finished piece

I made this stomach in Illustrator with the gradient mesh tool. I’m thinking of using this to make an interactive activity so that I can practice using Flash.

Right now I’m working on a digital painting of? polycystic kidneys, I won’t have anytime to work on them until next week because I will be camping in the Adirondacks. I listened to a Radiolab episode about parasites a few days ago while I was working on this project and I think my next project will be about parasites.

what I’ve been up to

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

some quick sketches of garden sculptures in my back yard

A sketch for a digital painting of a polar bear

here is the progress on the painting so far, I still have lots of work to do.