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A shorebirds day

Today is the day of those pesky little creatures that fly every year through the continents… silly behaviour just to annoy 4×4 drivers who happily ride the vast shores, or those creative entrepreneurs who see the void wetlands and see towers of private owners and cascades of money…

Somehow.. there is many people who think like this.

And is for these people that we need one day a year to celebrate the living shorebirds and the places they use to live and raise the future.

Crazy people like me, who love the nature and enjoy all the colours and all the smells (yep all of them), we keep present and take care of the world all year long!

Because if something can be learned from nature is that we all live in this planet, and this planet is all we have.
The ones who didn’t learn to live and let live, go extinct sooner or later…
We must take the lesson of the shorebirds, they are many, they are diverse, and they all share the same shores to feed and live.
How? take a look at this illustration and guess..

One shore, many chances - Skulls and silhouettes of six shorebirds that visit the San Antonio Bay (Rio Negro - Argentina) Click for high resolution .jpg (this image can be use under CC 4 non commercial license, feel free to share and use for educational purposes)

One shore, many chances – Skulls and silhouettes of six shorebirds that visit the San Antonio Bay (Rio Negro – Argentina) Click for high resolution .jpg (this image can be use under CC 4 non commercial license, feel free to share and use for educational purposes)

For more information about this day and shorebirds please contact this blog or search in the web. And for more real hints about what I’m talking about, please shut down your internet device, go outside (the farther, the better!) and be conscious of all your senses! (we haven’t at least 5 for nothing!)
Have a really nice day!

Manuel

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A year full of surprises!

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White egrets and skull – Derwent pencils on Kraft – 85×60 cm (one of my rare big format illustrations)

It’s about six months I can’t resume the blog for so many reasons…

Fortunately many of these reasons are good things, like the beginning of my studies at the university, several works in progress and more recently an achievement I expected many years: to become scientific illustrator within the CONICET (National Council for Scientific Research and techniques) wich is the Argentine government agency which directs and co-ordinates most of the scientific and technical research done in universities and institutes.

A lifelong career in the place of my dreams! Drawing for an institute that works in the fields of animal morphology and ecology.

Somehow, I think I could turn this space into a place to transmit this experience .. but for now I can not guarantee the continuity of publications…
In troubled times it is better to take action than sit to writing!

Anyway, for this special day, the World Shorebird’s Day, I will make a second post about a figure that I made early this year, about the San Antonio Bay shorebird assemblage!

Greetings and thanks for visiting this blog despite my absence!

Manuel

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A very busy beginning

I have been postponing my blog activities in favor of some vacations, and the beginning of my new student adventure: Bachelor’s degree on Visual Arts! Hoping to find some place on the graduate world and “papers” to allow me to teach properly.

And speaking of teaching: I´m sailing to a new level of experience in workshops on field sketching.
This time rebooting my last experience (at the World Shorebird’s Day) and improving my methods and objetives. (I’ts too easy to overload a 8 hours workshop hoping to give as much information and tips as possible)

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Poster for my next workshop!

For many reasons,the discipline of scientific illustration catch the attention of many people, and is my deep purpose to finally set a full course to share what I’ve been learning the last years as a student, naturalist and professional.
But, one of my biggest learnings is: not yet, not yet but soon.. I still have lots of things to learn and for appropriately teach scientific illustration I need a well equipped space and tons of resources! So: not yet, but (hopefully) soon..

Well, I hope this year still keep many surprises! See you next time!

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Making the first steps

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Newborn skull with some of the relevant landmarks labeled (in spanish)

Medical illustration is something I didn’t try yet, maybe because most of my clients are paleontologists with no links to medicine and maybe because I don’t know how to approach that world.
Although in the last years I tried a few times draw the human body, my passion is biased to other vertebrates…

A week ago I discovered a new favorite museum at the Hospital Nacional de Clínicas: The Pedro Ara Anatomical Museum. Which houses a vast collection of anatomical preparations in dry and wet techniques, some with historic value due to the date of the specimens (some back to 1920 and two skeletons of natives of more than 500 years old in burial position)
The museum is focused on didactic activities for faculty students and general public, it is open and free all year (which is wonderful!) and for some reason, i find mesmerizing the surreal look of some of the specimens.

I hope this little newborn be a new point to climb and see new horizons.. who knows

What I do know for sure is that I will return to visit that museum and share the results here!

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Spinosaurus fever!

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Spinosaurus super star!

Yes!

The reappearance of Spinosaurus has created a heated controversy among paleontologists, paleoartists and fans of dinosaurs in general…

Seems like that this wondrous beast is stranger than our love for his classic depictions can tolerate.

Nature is odd, nature is wonderful. Perhaps is not all said about this behemoth, but meanwhile have to quench the thirst for draw!

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Shorebird workshop in Argentina

This is making waves as a drop falling into water!
And the news has reached to the other side of the world and here is back, as the beautiful shorebirds.
This is a reblog from the official blog of World Shorebirds’ Day, please take a visit and find a place close to you where people will take part of this great event!

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World Shorebirds Day

A couple of days ago Manuel Sosa decided to take part in the Shorebird Sketching Project to express his support for the World Shorebirds Day. Deep in the heart of Argentina, the Laguna Mar Chiquita is one of the few shorebird sites with hemispheric importance. Today he found himself as the leader of a shorebird workshop involving the local birding club, the COA Miramar, and the biologist, Marcela Castellino has taken the task to perform the talk about shorebirds at this important shorebird paradise. A local hotel has granted a place to do indoor activities. Manuel also set a Facebook event on his profile.

This is one of the self-initiated events under the umbrella of the World Shorebirds Day, which brings shorebirds closer to people and helps to have a few more hearts touched by these fantastic migrants. Well done Manuel!

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Thumbling adventures

I have been very busy at work and life last month, so each time I passed by wordpress to check was it with some sad lack of time to write and translate a post.

And today’s post is about one of the multiple tasks that I took these days:
There is a biennial book fair in my town specially dedicated to childrens and young ones and one of the organizers is a family old friend. She encouraged me to participate at the second edition of a illustration contest, themed on stories for childrens.

Since this is very different from my style theme this was a multiple challenge, therefore I chose a well known story and decided to explore the style of drawings that had old books. Somehow, it’s my dream as a child to draw things like storybooks of my childhood.

So here is my “Pulgarcito” (Tom Thumb – Thumbling) merry walking through the brush!

This is the final sketch of a quite long series of attempts…

 

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And the finished illustration!
I used watercolours, pencils, collage, etc etc (even the needle is a real one just to be a innovative artist!)

 

 

 

 

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We’ll see what happens next time 😉

Manuel

 

 

 

 

 

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Selected!

Selected!

I was selected! My drawing is among the 40 works competing for the prize at illustraciència 2 ediciò!
There are very good artists and beautiful illustrations not only in the selected for the competition, but also in the more than 300 pieces of art submitted.
The choice from the public is coming soon …

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As good in the mouth …

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Time ago I was celebrating a nice day with a bottle of delicious wine and felt so “happy” to draw something symbolic for the occasion.

I call it “Leaving the nest”, there is a lot of inner symbolism around but in some way it can be interpreted like:

“there is a heaven of cabernet sauvignon outside that cold dark stone cliff” he he, nevermind…

I like how the color of the wine has changed since I made it… from a beautiful light red to a very pale purple.

It’s somehow my first piece of ephemeral art (?) 

Cheers!

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THANK YOU!

THANK YOU!

Just a few days ago wordpress recalls me that I have been here since two years! and days pass and I forgot to celebrate…
Today the visits on my site reach a humble 3000.. for me and my low profile way to do this blog Its just AMAZING!
Thank you all, silent passengers, for come in and take a look at my art, and specially thank you very much to my 16 followers! Knowing you are there, gives me fuel to keep on this!
Cheers!

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