Friday, April 27, 2007

Remember ~ Illustration Friday

I haven't participated in the Illustration Friday challenge for some time. Part of the reason is because the topics/themes have been too difficult. I'm typically not a 'think outside the box' type of person so I wasn't able to come up with an idea for many of the previous themes (Phoenix, Communication, Clear, and Total are just a few). The biggest reason, however, is that I just haven't had the time to actually sit down and illustrate anything. This has frustrated me because I love to draw (biological illustration is what I'm most skilled at - though, I'm certainly just an amaetuer).

Emerita analoga "Sand or Mole Crab" - pencil sketch

This week's topic is "Remember". When I read it in my email, I immediately remembered a time when I had the opportunity to draw frequently, whenever the mood struck. In the summer of 1997, I was taking classes at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology... a full load of graduate level courses: BI 551 Invertebrate Zoology, BI 507 Marine Biology Seminar, and BI 574 Marine Ecology. I loved the experience of being surrounded by serious students of the sciences & research biologists. It was so fascinating to me. As I listened to the lectures, participated in discussions, and worked on my lab report or a paper, I continually wondered why I hadn't been as 'intrigued and focused' when I was an undergrad.

"Scallop" - colored pencil

Back then, I didn't push myself to achieve high marks. I seldom actually read the reading assignments. I did what I needed to in order to simply pass the course. I suppose it had something to do with the fact that I had to work 30+ hours a week on top of my courseload of 18-20 credits (back then, my determination was more focused upon earning a dual Bachelor degree AND graduating on time - 4 years).

"Scallop" - stippled ink

The following summer, I again immersed myself in the marine science world taking additional graduate level courses: BI 508 Lab-Biological Illustration, BI 508 Lab-Drawing Natural Forms in Color, BI 508 Lab-Biology of Toxic Tides, and BI 557 Biology of Estuaries.

To see more participants in today's challenge, visit Illustration Friday.


  1. I am so jelous of your artistic talent! Those look so beautiful and make me feel like going to the beach. You are awesome!


  2. They are awesome. I especially like the scallop- colored pencil.
    I got my BA while working full time and 2 small kids at home- it's hard.
    Good luck in Eugene! I'll be along the marathon course doing support.

  3. Beautiful - especially the one made by stippled ink.

  4. Lilli ~ You are fortunate to live so close to the beach! I miss it!


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