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Society of Scientific Illustrators

The blog of SCAD's Society of Scientific Illustrators. Featuring club events, members' work, and other relevant information.
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Oct 16 '12

Meeting cancelled (but with good reason)…

Hello all, yet another update. This week’s meeting has been cancelled due to our lovely faculty adviser giving a speech to the SCAD Concept Art Club, which many of our officers also wish to attend. It’s about dinosaurs (though I won’t spoil the specifics for you).

So see you guys in Morris on Friday with SCAC, or at next week’s meeting. :)


So far I have only received two logo designs. Since last week we were all kind of overwhelmed by pizza & Jurassic Park, and we won’t meet this week, you now have until next Friday (the 26th) to come up with something good. E-mail submissions to Happy drawing!

Oct 6 '12

More about logos

Sorry for the double update, but I just want to reiterate these things regarding the logo contest.

IF YOU ARE SUBMITTING A LOGO (taken mostly from the ICC blog):

  • Is the logo clear? Can people identify it as symbolizing our club?
  • Can it be used equally well on our club blog and on fliers or other advertisements?
  • Does it represent our club’s mission and values?
  • Does it represent the mission and values of SCAD?
  • If you are considering using the SCAD logo, it is vital that you submit the proposed logo to the ICC adviser before using the logo (the officers will do this, but please keep it in mind).
  • Please take care to encompass more than one aspect of Scientific Illustration.

Please submit your design by e-mail to before the morning of October 12th. This is so that the officers might have a chance to compile a digital folder of all the submissions for your viewing pleasure. If possible, please have it be a vector file (better for graphic design purposes), or at least a raster file of decent size (and also of decent print quality, i.e. 300 dpi or greater).

If you don’t make something I’m sure our faculty adviser will be more than happy to take up the challenge and do something crazy and Hudsonlike. Dinosaurs, space and shit, y’all.

Oct 6 '12

For those who missed us yesterday…

Here’s a brief recap of events and a rough idea of what is to come!

  • Pricing regarding Scuba certification is currently being discussed. The approximate cost right now, per person, is roughly 210 USD. We are looking into hotels and/or campgrounds, so expect this price to rise anywhere from a tad to a lot. I will send out a separate e-mail with all of the various components before the next meeting, so that we may decide upon dates. Also, I am researching the legality of this with SCAD… 
  • Don’t forget! The deadline for our logo contest is this coming Friday! Please submit, the officers would really rather not be forced to use their own artwork. If you have questions regarding this, wish for critique, or anything else, please email One of the officers will get back to you as soon as possible. 
  • We have a (tentative) date for our favorite medical illustrator and SCAD illustration professor, John Foerster, to come speak to you. Topics will most definitely include Medical Illustration, and perhaps some of the inner workings of the Illustration industry itself and how to handle all those nasty copyright, financial, and communication issues you may be faced with. This is currently set for Friday the 26th, but if this changes due to our Scuba plans you will be updated.
  • Professor Hudson gave us a wonderful (and quite humorous) lecture about some of the history of Scientific Illustration, a glimpse into the fossil-unearthing adventure he had this summer, and a strange interpretation of the theory of relativity as applied to Picasso’s mother using a classroom stool and the floor. I’m sorry you missed it. It was fantastic.

And that was about it! Next week we are having a Post-Midterm Party. That is to say, Jurassic Park and pizza. Depending on how the ICC feels, we may even have a popcorn machine too. Expect another post on that soon.

Oct 1 '12

Logo contest & mailing list.

At our meeting this past Friday we mentioned that we are holding a logo contest. Submissions should look good in both black&white and color, reflect the breadth of our club’s interests (by which I mean: keep in mind we’re not just about paleo art or just about botanical art or what-have-you, regardless of your personal focus), and most importantly should contain both “Society of Scientific Illustrators” and “SCAD” somewhere in the design. Submit your design by email ( before our October 12th meeting so we can chose the best one. Files submitted should be print quality.

Not yet sure how the final design will be chosen. Possibly there will be voting involved, because everyone loves democracy.


In other news, I just sent out a mass email to all those whose email addresses I have on The List. If you didn’t get said email and wish to, email us at the aforementioned address with your SCAD email to be added to The List.

Sep 27 '12

Tomorrow is the day!

Last reminder, I promise! Tomorrow (Friday, September 28th) from 4-6pm in Norris room 101, we will be having our first ever meeting.

We’re all so very excited, and looking forward to seeing you guys there! See this post for my talking cicada more info.


Also, welcome to all you new followers! If you missed it, earlier I said that I was trying to follow your artblogs with this blog, so I can start reblogging member art. If you are a SCAD student and have a dedicated artblog where you post scientific-y art, send the url my way (and/or links to individual posts of your sci illu work)! Thanks!

Sep 24 '12

Keep your eyes out for our posters in SCAD’s academic buildings! Created by our Treasurer Grace Washko, with artwork by Sarah O’Connell, Grace Washko and Professor Paul Hudson.

See you on the 28th (hopefully)!