Scientific illustrations on display at Rod Library as part of Arts in April through April 30

Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2002

Jeff Tamplin, artist, illustrator and assistant professor of biology, (319) 273-2327
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Scientific illustrations by Jeff Tamplin are on display in the University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library as part of Arts in April. Tamplin's work can be viewed in the display cases outside the Special Collections and University Archives on the library's third floor.

Tamplin, assistant professor of biology at UNI, is an author and illustrator who has more than 200 illustrations published in textbooks, scientific journals, magazines and instructional manuals.

Using a practice called pointillism, Tamplin creates texture and value with individual dots. The practice is similar to the process a computer printer goes through when transferring images into pixels. The end result is to make a picture look smooth and connected from far away, as if it were drawn in pencil. Tamplin's work, done in pen, ink, watercolor and graphite is noted for its realistic interpretation, anatomical accuracy and detailed stippling effects. Tamplin has been drawing most of his life and began experimenting with pointilism in 1989.

For more information call Jeff Tamplin at (319) 273-2327.