I recently created several vector icons for Garland Regional Park in Carmel Valley, California. I created them in both simple detail and as silhouttes. Each one represents a different plant characteristic: Drought Resistance, Bee Attrac...
Recently I have participated in several group shows:
Current group shows:
Focus on Nature XIII: New York State Museum in Albany New York.
Focus on Nature XIII features 91 natural and cultural history illustrations, representing the work of 71 illustrators from 15 different countries. The subjects represented are diverse, ranging from those only found in the artists’ home country to those that have a worldwide distribution; A special feature of FON XIII is a 3D illustration by Swiss artist Livia Maria Enderli of Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis). This reconstruction of a skull from an archaeological site in Uzbekistan in central Asia found in 1938 uses the latest technology available to artists and scientists.
April 19, 2014 through January 4, 2015 or view online here
My pieces that are being exhibited: Scarlet Pollinators (Archival Print), Weedy Seadragon Life Cycle, and Cochineal: A Natural Red Dye.
I also received a Jury Award for Weedy Seadragon Life Cycle. view here
Wildflowers of Garland Park: Garland Ranch Regional Park, Carmel Valley, CA.
Group exhibition at the visitors center.
April 19 through August 10, 2014.
My pieces that are being exhibited: Baby Blue Eyes and California Poppy (Archival Print)
The Art of Nature: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Santa Cruz CA.
April 5 through June 29, 2014 more information here
The Museum welcomes back the California Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the CSUMB Science Illustration Graduate Program for its 25th annual exhibit highlighting the amazing detail and artistry of local science illustrators. Come experience over 50 works in a variety of media, depicting botany, birds, mammals and invertebrates. Explore why art is so important to science, and our understanding of the natural world. You are invited to explore the beautiful world of illustration and test your own skills while drawing Museum specimens in our Illustration Station.
My pieces that are being exhibited: Scarlet Pollinator (Archival Print), California Poppy (Archival Print), and Giant Arrowhead & Tule Perch (Archival Print)
California poppy:Eschscholzia californica My aim for this illustration was to present the poppy with as many of its developmental characteristics as possible: leaf development, basic bud growth, flower, fruit development and finally seed. ...
I grew up in Phoenix (part of the Sonoran Desert) and I always appreciated my surroundings but I didn't really get to learn about and explore them until I moved to Tucson. While studying for my Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, I took advantage of opportunities to learn more about the environment that surrounded me. I interned at the Sonoran Desert Museum, and volunteered at Tucson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to add to what I was learning in my classes. After college, I continued to learn more while working as a Raptor Free Flight and Interpretive Animal keeper at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
Jewels of Nature exhibit November 4th-December 30th at the Tilden Nature Center in Berkeley. The Artist's reception (with live animal sketching!) will be on December 1st. My pieces that will be exhibited: Scarlet Pollinators, Weedy Seadragon ...
Pollinators:I had a hard time deciding what subjects to render because there are so many interesting plants and pollinators to choose from. I narrowed it down to a bird and a butterfly which I then narrowed down to a Pipevine Swallowtail, Battus p...
Stop by Moss Landing Marine Lab this Saturday and Sunday from 9am-5pm for their open house. Buy a raffle ticket this weekend to help graduate student research and maybe win a 19X21 inch framed print of my Weedy Seadragon Life Cycle Illustration!&n...
I recently finished an illustration of Arapaima gigas. This South American fresh water fish has many common names: Arapaima, Pirarucu and Paiche. It is one of the largest freshwater fishes in the world sometimes growing to more than 8 feet long!I ...
I painted a portrait of three dogs for the invite to the 17th Annual Bark and Whine Ball held by a small San Francisco non-profit called CLAW, www.clawsf.org. Design was done by Squillante Studios.I was given the task of making three dogs (Mason, Anna ...
The first time I went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium I was impressed with the grace and beauty of the Jellyfish. Shortly after my visit, I decided to start a portrait of the Sea Nettles, Chrysaora fuscescens, in charcoal but I didn't get far before I was...
I have decided to start including work I did before I started this blog. The first piece I would like to feature is my Marvellous Spatuletail Hummingbird, Loddigesia mirabilis, male courtship display behavior. I was inspired ...
"Situation Anophthalmus hitleri, a project by Jasmina Cibic"
I was invited by a London based artist to be a part of a project for the European Capital of Culture in Maribor, Slovenia. The project is based on the story of the discovery of an endemic beetle living in the northern part of Slovenia, which is in danger of becoming extinct.
The story as it was provided to me:
"In 1933 Vladimir Kodrič happened upon a beetle in one of Slovenia’s caves around Celje, which he thought might represent a new species. In 1937 the entomologist Oscar Scheibel confirmed this. As a Hitler sympathiser, Scheibel named the insect Anophthalmus hitleri. A name of an organism can only be changed in extreme circumstances that have to do with the development of knowledge. Politically sensitive names cannot be amended, therefore all attempts to rename the beetle have been unsuccessful. Because of the politically embarrassing name this beetle has been throughout its known existence held semi-secretive and even when it was featured on a Yugoslavian stamp in 1984, its Latin name was withheld. More recently, neo-Nazis in Slovenia have destroyed a part of its habitat, whilst collecting the specimens, after an article about its existence was published by the National Geographic in 2006."
The process:I was given instructions to create a black and white illustration of Anophthalmus hitleri on A4 sized paper as viewed from above with a white background. I was also told not to learn anything additional about the beetle itself or look at any pictures of the beetle.
My background in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology was the leading contributor to how I determined what Anophthalmus hitleri would look like. As a generalist Scientific Illustrator, I do research before illustrating because I usually don’t know much about the subject. I was unable to look up the actual species for this project. Instead, I took into consideration what a cave dwelling beetle would have evolved to look like due to its environment. I researched general cave beetles and thought about what the caves I have visited were like. I imagined that hitleri would have long antennae and setae to find its way in the dark, be slender to get into tight places, and have little to no patterning since nothing would be hunting it by sight. Since hitleri would not need to see in the dark, I imagined it to have evolved to be blind. I digitally collaged and warped a variety of images of beetles in the Carabidae Family (the Family that hitleri is in) and used it as reference for my interpretation.
In process photos:
This project includes work from Scientific Illustrators from around the world and I was happy to contribute to it.
I'm currently volunteering at the Monterey Bay Aquarium at the Seahorse exhibit. I think all of the seahorses are special but I was inspired by the color and life cycle of the Weedy Seadragon, Phyllopteryx taeniolatus, to create an illustrati...