Jason Polan: Illustrator, Naturalist?

Copyright Jason Polan, taken from 20×200.

I’m really enjoying Jason Polan’s illustration series of sea creatures, dinosaurs, insects, minerals, and birds at the American Museum of Natural History.  When I was first introduced to his work (132 birds, pictured above), I was reminded of my own time spent drawing and identifying different unicellular algae and other protists during my B.Sc.  Although many science and art types fail to “cross the aisle” and take a deeper look at each other’s field, there is an intrinsic link between the science and the visual arts.  Both fields are inexorably bound to observation, whether of the natural world or of one’s self.  Polan has also completed “The Every Piece Of Art in The Museum Of Modern Art Book” which contains, well, just that, and is currently working on drawing every person in New York City (video here).  If you’re interested in purchasing an 11″ by 14″ print of the above, of another of his prints, check out his set at 20×200 (if you’re looking to buy me a present, I’ll happily receive the 132 birds or sea creatures).

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Dave Semeniuk spends hours locked up in his office, thinking about the role the oceans play in controlling global climate, and unique ways of studying it. He'd also like to shamelessly plug his art practice: davidsemeniuk.com