Registration is Open for the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Conference

by Deb Shaw

Poster for the GNSI 2014 Conference, © 2014, GNSI

Poster for the GNSI 2014 Conference, © 2014, GNSI

Many BAGSC and ASBA members also belong to The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). If you’ve wanted to attend a GNSI Conference, or learn more about this wonderful organization, this is a great year to do so. The GNSI Conference will be held in Boulder, Colorado this year in July and will include a field trip to the Denver Botanical Gardens, as well as presentations, workshops and field trips important to botanical artists.

GNSI 2014 Conference Registration Is Open and Early Bird Discounts go until the end of May!

Join the GNSI in Boulder, where the mountains meet the plains!

Come and enjoy a one of a kind experience and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow illustrators in a beautiful setting. The Conference is filled with presentations, workshops and field trips designed to inspire. Some concentrate on technique, with experts in drawing, painting, scratchboard, block printing, Photoshop, Illustrator, and digital devices sharing their expertise. Others focus on the gritty details of making a living in this challenging, but exciting career. With so many choices, participants can customize their learning experience under the inspirational setting of Boulder’s Flatirons and modern Colorado University campus.

Register before May 30th and SAVE $50 on Full Registration!

Review the offerings on the conference website:


  1. Live Animal Drawing

  2. Building Backgrounds for Animal Subjects

  3. Sculpting Insects in Polymer and Wire

  4. Beginning Photoshop

  5. Make Your Own Sketchbook, Then Use It!

  6. Sketch A Storybook

  7. Discovering Scratchboard Techniques

  8. Colored Pencil Possibilities

  9. Painting Small Animals

  10. Osteology Sketching

  11. From Sketch to Print

  12. Intermediate Photoshop

  13. Modeling in 3DS Max

  14. Adobe Illustrator for Science Illust: Symbols

  15. Sculpting Fossils, 2-day workshop

  16. Watercolor, 2-day workshop

  17. Social Media for Artists

  18. Personal productivity with your iPad

  19. Contract and Copyright


  1. Shanahan Ridge

  2. Dinosaur Ridge

  3. Eldorado/Fowler Hike

  4. CU Extravaganza

  5. Wild Animal Sanctuary

  6. NOAA Tour

  7. Celestial/Dushanbe Teahouse

  8. Avery Brew Pub

  9. Denver Botanic Gardens/Natural History Museum

  10. Rocky Mountain National Park, 2-day trip


  1. Birth of the Beehive’s Mesoamerica Resiste Illustration

  2. Create Your Own Jobs and Get Paid to Travel

  3. Using illustration to Teach ‘Critical Looking’ in a Zoology Lab

  4. Making Photos and Art Press Ready

  5. Hand-Painted Linoleum Block Prints