September 7, 2016

Using a soap and a plastic knife, you can easily carve a archeological tool by yourself. This method is good for kids since it is quick and safe! I was asked to create a instruction drawing of "soap flintknapping" for the Archeology education project. For a drawing ref...

August 7, 2016

Besides working for the Division of Birds of Smithsonian, I have been drawing fishes for the Division of Fishes. Like ornithologists care of the size of the beaks or the number of feathers, ichthyologists care of the size of the fins or the number of scales, rays, and...

July 8, 2016

On my last day of GNSI meeting, I took the maquette building workshop taught by Reid Psaltis. Whenever I reconstructed paleospecies, I always wished to build a scale model of the subjects! This time, I wanted to create oviraptor in nesting position, so I used the book...

July 4, 2016

When I was doing Bartels Science Illustration Intern at Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the book "The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds" was always on my table where I worked. This book taught me the key points of drawing birds, such as setting the proportion of head vs body or...

July 3, 2016

I joined for the first time in Guild of Natural Science illustrators Conference @ Santa Cruz, California (  The talks, meetings, workshops, and events were all fantastic! 

The contents were awesome, but more than that, it was so greatefu...

June 17, 2016

For the last two months I participated in the reconstruction project of Kaua’I mole duck (Talpanas lippa), the extinct Hawaiian nocturnal duck with Dr. Helen James. After the publication of cranial study in 2009, she and her research group will update postcranial study...

June 8, 2016

Sometimes I crave for a large scale painting when I focus too much on small stipple drawings. So I painted Coelacanth on awooden boardat home for no reason but I felt so good!This creature is so mysterious.I almost put this Coelacanth intomy PaleoArt section.

Jun 8th is...

May 18, 2016

The State of North America's Birds Report 2016 was finally published! My illustrations of 18 birds and a infographic were used in the report. Hope the report would have a positive impact to the bird conservation.


May 4, 2016

In early 20th centuries, color photography had not yet been invented, and only an artist could capture the vivid, ephemeral colors of fresh-caught fishes and other marine organism. Kumataro Ito, a Japanese fish artist (a resident in Tokyo) was selected to be the princi...

April 7, 2016

I started working at the Division of Birds at Smithsonian from few weeks ago after finishing beetle illustration project. So, back to birds! 
I have been drawing "interesting" feathers for a Postdoc fellow who is studying the evolution and development of morphological...

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