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The Art of Life, The Universe and Everything

Illustration by Luke Ramsey on the Earth’s polarity, for “The Where, The Why and The How” (Chronicle Books). via: lukeramseystudio.com

Just caught a preview in today’s Observer of a new book out now called The Where, The Why and The How (Chronicle Books). In the book, 75 physicists and illustrators attempt to explain some of the big, bold, fundamental physics questions about the universe: What is antimatter? What is dark energy? How are stars born? and What existed before the Big Bang?

The really interesting thing about this book is the way that the editors chose to have both physicists and illustrators tackle the answers to these big questions. And they are big questions – questions about things that are impossible to see, difficult to imagine. Describing them with words is one thing, but it’s clear that the editors realised that only images could really really bring those impossible concepts to life.

Great science – great illustrations: “Beautiful and brainy”, says the Library Journal

For more, check out this video trailer for the book on vimeo.


Art with bite

Wayne Barlowe – Oviraptor (c) Wayne Barlowe

Good article by Dave Hone in The Guardian about “Paleoart” – the art of reconstructing dinosaurs from their skeletons. The article also has a link to some interesting interviews with the artists who produce these illustrations.

This kind of illustration shares a lot with my own line of work – archaeological reconstructions; it’s all about the way in which science uses art to communicate difficult ideas and complex subject matter to a broad audience.

We all know it, but it’s worth reminding ourselves: whether it’s factual information or emotional response, art is at its best when it’s used as a communication tool – acting as a bridge not just between people, but between minds.

WE remember Edgar Hodges!

St. William’s College, York – Edgar Hodges (Oxford A4 graph paper pad)

It turns out I’m not alone in remembering, admiring and being influenced by the Oxford A4 pad illustrations of Edgar Hodges. When I mentioned it at the latest Inside Out notebook meeting, it turned out that most people there knew the drawings and had no idea who had done them.

And I had a surprise for everyone who remembered them, too: Edgar Hodges has been in touch! He recalls doing the A4 pad illustrations, but says that it was a very short commission – when the company changed the look of their line, they no longer wanted any further illustrations from him. He’s retired, but still paints and draws, and also makes maritime models. He was very gracious in his reply, and I think a little surprised that anyone had bothered to track him down.

So, to wrap up the story so far, here’s another one of Edgar’s great line illustrations from an Oxford graph paper pad.

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