Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Caught in the middle

Been a while since I posted anything so I figured I'd toss something up - this one is actually based on an old drawing I did for school while my brother was in Afghanistan with the Canadian military... Decided to re-do it recently just to try out some of the things I've been working on of late, and because it was a peice that I always really liked, but felt that I hadn't done to the best of my abilities. It's become something completely different now... but anyway, there it is.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

van der Walls Gecko

Just finished this one - the toes of Geckos have millions of these tiny spatula-tipped hairs called setae which is what allows them to stick to and climb almost any surface with ease. It's all due to what scientists call "van der Walls" forces which create a kind of electromagnetic pull on an object... it's all to do with how densely packed and teeney tiny the little hair things (setae) on thier feet are.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

More Sketches

Cant stop watching the Science Network and TED talks... so I use sketching as an excuse. Here's a couple. The first two are from a video on the Science Network called "Robots and the Illusion of free will" apparently some recent findings in neuroscience have created a large debate about whether we have free will at all - namely because in controlled experiments it's been shown that our neurons are firing impulses that drive certain actions (like whether to push the red button or blue button) before we're even aware of having made the decision. Craziness. The other one is a pretty rough take on Noam Chomsky - the video quality wasn't the greatest, and the speech I was watching was really discipline-specific and kind of lackluster, which maybe led to me be less enthused about the drawing process itself.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Elephant Graveyard

It's been a little while since I've updated, so I figured I'd toss something up - finished this one a while ago - it's about some of the dangers facing the Indian Elephant, namely deforestation and of course poachers. My thought here was to make it look like there were peices missing from the picture, and use that to convey the concept.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

White Nose Revised

Something always didn't really sit right with me about the original version of this - it was a little too passive, didn't really express the idea of the danger and destruction this disease is causing. So I went back in, redesigned the digital element and here is the result.

Lotus Leaves

Another one on biomimetics, this time about the lotus flower and the ability of its leaves to repel all sorts of materials, specifically allowing water to bead rather than absorb on its surface; and as such picking up dirt and other particles as it rolls along and off the leaf. Understanding this process has led to the creation of self-cleaning glass, paints, fabrics, and other materials.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Moth Eyes

Just finished this guy last night, decided to post the original scan, before I go in and do some digital stuff - it's part of a series I'm doing on Biomimetics. This ones about moths and thier eyes which are covered in a nanostructured film that eliminates reflections, allowing moths to see well in the dark, as well as to not be seen by predators. The structure consists of a hexagonal pattern of tiny bumps, each of them roughly 200nm high (nanometers - really, really small) and spaced 300nm apart. The way it works has something to do with the fact that the bumps are smaller than the wavelength of visible light, which creates this anti-reflective effect... I'm not exactly an expert on the subject, but I'm always inspired by science and technology - and especially interested in this idea of learning from nature. We're finding out with modern science that nature really is the most advanced form of technology out there (it has had 3.8 billion years to develop, after all) and we're finally beginning to be able to understand that on a meaningful level, and make use of the knowledge.

Friday, August 5, 2011

White Nose Syndrome

Apparently in caves across North America, bats are being killed off en mass by a poorly understood sickness called white nose syndrome. It was first detected 2006, and has gone on to kill over a million bats since, with no signs of stopping. The disease leaves the bats with white patches all over, particularly on the nose, has the appearance of mould, and is predicted to cause the "little brown bat" to become extinct within 20 years as well as making the situation of several species that are already endangered much worse, including the "big-eared bat" and the "indiana bat". I wanted to accentuate the idea of extinction by drawing the bat completely solitary, with nothing around it at all... as the bacteria Geomyces destructans slowly destroys it.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Quantum Compass

So apparently new research indicates that a quantum effect known as entaglement is responsible for birds' (and possibly other animals) ability to sense and navigate with earths magnetic feild - the way it works is that differences in the way entagled electrons wobble creates visible patterns on the birds retina that can be used as a compass. I just had to do a drawing about this - how cool!

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Oh yeah and here is the finished version of a piece I posted a while ago... mostly had it on the first go, but just wasn't satisfied so I went back in, redesigned the digital element and did a little more painting.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Scientist Sketches

Steven Weinberg
Brian Greene
Paul Davies

Reza Aslan Sam Harris

Walter Sinott-Armstrong

Roger Bingham

So recently my buddy introduced me to this great site called The Science Network. Tons of talks and debates from some prominent modern scientists across a broad spectrum of subjects... there's always something interesting to check out. Anyway, I've been having some fun drawing the faces of the various scientists from the videos... (edit: so Reza Aslan is not a scientist, and the drawings of him and Sam Harris are actually from a debate i saw here (just the first video in a series))

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Been busy; working a lot, attempting to draw and paint as much as possible, and taking a yoga teacher training course that has been extremely interesting. Feel like I've finally found a working process that really actually works for me... Got distracted there for a while, lost in process and my own thoughts. Produced some cool work, but it was taking forever and I spent more time thinking about it than actually doing anything. It didn't resonate.

Decided to start with some subject matter that wasn't so personal, so I chose science. Watched a TED talks video about connectomes, and got this. It happened really naturally, starting with an inspiring sketch in my sketchbook, and moved on to become a final in the process of a day or two. Something just felt right.