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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Coiba Coring Expedition

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In October 2018, the O'Dea Lab of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Insitute performed a field expedition in the southern coast of Panama, on the biggest island in the Central American Pacific: Coiba. There, they spent six days sampling ancient coral reef sediments, by hammering a six-meter-long pipe into the coral bed. Ian Cooke-Tapia was contracted as official reportage illustrator to record not just the daily goings-on of scientific research, but the quiet downtime at the end of every day.

Ian Cooke-Tapia

Ian Cooke-Tapia

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illustration of An original illustration done for the Visual Ibero-American Arts Prize. Run by the Embassies of Latin America, Spain and Portugal, it supports artists producing cross-cultural artworks.

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illustration of An original illustration done for the Visual Ibero-American Arts Prize. Run by the Embassies of Latin America, Spain and Portugal, it supports artists producing cross-cultural artworks.

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illustration of An original illustration done for the Visual Ibero-American Arts Prize. Run by the Embassies of Latin America, Spain and Portugal, it supports artists producing cross-cultural artworks.

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illustration of An illustration from Ian Cooke-Tapia's upcoming book, Coyote Crosses the Continent, in which the Trickster Coyote decides to travel to the Narrow Land Bridge to find the King of the Vultures.

An allegorical story narrating the current migration of the coyote from North to South America.
illustration of An illustration from Ian Cooke-Tapia's upcoming book, Coyote Crosses the Continent, in which the Trickster Coyote decides to travel to the Narrow Land Bridge to find the King of the Vultures.

An allegorical story narrating the current migration of the coyote from North to South America.
illustration of Al Atardecer, Picaduras is a series of posters exploring the social and political effects of the zika virus during the 2016 South American outbreak.
illustration of Al Atardecer, Picaduras is a series of posters exploring the social and political effects of the zika virus during the 2016 South American outbreak.
illustration of Al Atardecer, Picaduras is a series of posters exploring the social and political effects of the zika virus during the 2016 South American outbreak.
illustration of A reportage illustration project documenting the atmosphere and mood of a day in the life of Cardiff Christmas Market, December 2017
illustration of A reportage illustration project documenting the atmosphere and mood of a day in the life of Cardiff Christmas Market, December 2017
illustration of A reportage illustration project documenting the atmosphere and mood of a day in the life of Cardiff Christmas Market, December 2017
illustration of A reportage illustration project documenting the atmosphere and mood of a day in the life of Cardiff Christmas Market, December 2017
illustration of In April 2014, I followed a group of Princeton University Tropical Anthropology students around the Central Provinces of Panama. I recorded the events in a sketchbook, reporting on the curious moments that took place during a trip in which Dr. Richard Cooke talked about the archaeological history of the land.

This project was Shortlisted for the 2015 Reportarger Award at the University of West of England.
illustration of In April 2014, I followed a group of Princeton University Tropical Anthropology students around the Central Provinces of Panama. I recorded the events in a sketchbook, reporting on the curious moments that took place during a trip in which Dr. Richard Cooke talked about the archaeological history of the land.

This project was Shortlisted for the 2015 Reportarger Award at the University of West of England.
illustration of In April 2014, I followed a group of Princeton University Tropical Anthropology students around the Central Provinces of Panama. I recorded the events in a sketchbook, reporting on the curious moments that took place during a trip in which Dr. Richard Cooke talked about the archaeological history of the land.

This project was Shortlisted for the 2015 Reportarger Award at the University of West of England.

Profile

Ian believes that an image should bring an unforgettable emotional reaction from both audience and author, be a smile, a frown or a transcendental experience. Based in the UK and Panama, Ian is an inter and multidisciplinary illustrator and writer focusing on Reportage, Visual Notetaking, Narrative and Editorial Illustration. He likes to work with all sorts of people and businesses to develop new ways to see the world. His work often focuses on social issues, as well as fantastical places and peoples. His works appear on anthologies, in universities, and in someone's home. His book, Coyote Crosses the Continent, will be published in 2018. In 2015 he was Shortlisted for the Reportarger Award. On the side, he is the Creative Director for FfangaĆ­, a community arts organization based in Wales.

Style/Techniques

Black & White, Cartoon, Digital, Figurative, Fine Art, Lettering, Mixed Media, Pen & Ink, Realism, Stylized, Concept Art, Silk Prints

Subject/Specialties

Adventure, Animals, Architecture, Children's Books, Comic Book, Editorial, Education, Family, Fantasy, Food, Health, Historical, Landscape, Leisure, Mystery, Nature, People, Political, Portrait, Posters, Science, Scientific, Still Life, Travel, Wildlife, Agriculture, Food/Beverage, Lifestyle, Vintage / Retro, Feminine, Spiritual, Ethnic, Edgy, Environmental, Urban