Christi Sobel

I am an artist and scientific illustrator in my professional life. I also have my own line of notecards.

My mom likes to tell people how I started out making detailed drawings of mushrooms and horses, foreshadowing my future as a scientific illustrator. I grew up in Brooktondale, a small community near Ithaca, and returned to my hometown to live and to build my freelance art and illustration business. In the traveling years between leaving and returning, I gained a degree in art and biology from Eastern College (St. Davids, PA) and a graduate certificate in Scientific Illustration from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as a taste for travel and a great collection of memories of beautiful places. I have also worked at and been published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London), taught art classes in a small village in the Central Plateau of Haiti, painted murals and created illustrations for several fine environmentally-conscious organizations, and generally wandered around looking at things and being artistically useful wherever possible.

I now freelance with a variety of people and projects in illustration and graphic design. I love working with groups such as Acorn Designs that have an environmental mission, and especially love it when my pen is my passport to travel. Some recent clients include Audubon, the Ithaca Sciencenter, ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization), the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. As you read this, I will be in Thailand working for the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute.

I am also a member of the Ithaca Farmers’ Market, where I sell notecards, prints and calendars of my artwork and limited edition intaglio etchings. (These are also available online through my website.) I enjoy painting and printmaking and usually have a few shows a year in local venues.

My work reflects what I find beautiful and interesting in the Creation around us, bringing attention to the details that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Click here for Christi’s website: www.christisobel.com

Products by Christi Sobel

The following products include artwork and/or writing by Christi Sobel. Most products are a collaboration of the wonderful artists and writers who have contributed to Acorn Designs over the years.

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Bosc Pear Lokta Card

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The pear originated in Europe and North Africa around the Mediterranean Sea. The pear is an irresistible fruit, with a peculiar texture derived from grit-cells. Pears are one of two dozen plants which have been under cultivation for more than 4,000 years. The Romans especially loved pears; their records from 2,000 years ago described over…

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Eight-spotted Skimmer Lokta Card

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Dragonflies are an ancient order of insects; fossils resembling dragonflies date back 300 million years. These large slender insects are specialized hunters. Dragonflies have large compound eyes that nearly cover the head. Their 4 powerful wings move independently, enabling them to maneuver in an extraordinary fashion, backwards or forwards. Dragonflies mate in flight. Eggs are…

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Luna Moth Lokta Card

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The luna moth is a very spectacular moth. The wings are pale green with a transparent spot on each wing. The hind wings are drawn out to form long sweeping tails. The wingspan ranges from 7.5 cm to 10.5 cm. Moths, like butterflies, go through metamorphosis. The moth larvae feeds on many trees including alder,…

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Meadowlark Nest Notecard

Meadowlark Nest Journal

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Meadowlark Nest (Sturnella neglecta) The Western Meadowlark is an upright robin-sized bird with a brilliant yellow breast that sports a distinctive black V. They are often spied perched on fence posts singing their liquid and bubbly songs. Meadowlarks lay their clutches of 3-7 speckled eggs in nests on the ground in grassy meadows, prairies and…

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Meadowlark Nest Notecard

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Meadowlark Nest (Sturnella neglecta) The Western Meadowlark is an upright robin-sized bird with a brilliant yellow breast that sports a distinctive black V. They are often spied perched on fence posts singing their liquid and bubbly songs. Meadowlarks lay their clutches of 3-7 speckled eggs in nests on the ground in grassy meadows, prairies and…

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Meadowlark Nest Small Journal

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Meadowlarks lay their clutches of 3-7 speckled eggs in nests on the ground in grassy meadows, prairies and pastures, building a gently depressed hollow of grass and leaves which is covered by a sheltering roof. A meadowlark nest is well camouflaged, protecting it from the ground predators these birds are especially vulnerable to. However, this…

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Monarch Butterfly Lokta Card

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Monarchs occur throughout the US and much of the world, wherever milkweeds grow. Female monarch butterflies normally deposit their tiny eggs on the underside of milkweed leaves. The emerging caterpillars feed on the leaves, even though they contain alkaloids, distasteful compounds which, along with similar compounds, form the plant world’s main line of defense against…

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Star Tree Lokta Card

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We, as individuals and as a planet, are connected to the rest of the universe, physically and spiritually. If we take care of our planet, all living things can grow and reach for their full fruition. If we let ourselves grow, we can also stretch towards the stars. artwork by Christi Sobel © 2002

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Star Tree Mini Journal

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We, as individuals and as a planet, are connected to the rest of the universe, physically and spiritually. If we take care of our planet, all living things can grow and reach for their full fruition. If we let ourselves grow, we can also stretch towards the stars. artwork and text by Christie Sobel ©…

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Star Tree Small Journal

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Star Tree We, as individuals and as a planet, are connected to the rest of the universe, physically and spiritually. If we take care of our planet, all living things can grow and reach for their full fruition.  If we let ourselves grow, we can also stretch towards the stars. artwork by Christi Sobel

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Sun & Sunflowers Lokta Card

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Members of the Compositae family, sunflowers are North American natives. Archeological evidence supports Native Americans cultivating sunflowers in the Four Corners area about 3000 BC; domestication of sunflowers probably occurred before that of corn. Besides being grown for their beauty, sunflowers are grown commercially to produce sunflower oil as well as edible seeds. All plant…

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Tree Spirit Lokta Card

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I see my reflection in the trees that are throwing themselves against the still-bright sky, reaching for their Creator while rooted deeply in the Creation. artwork and text by Christi Sobel © 2004

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Tree Spirit Mini Journal

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Tree Spirit I see my reflection in the trees that are throwing themselves against the still-bright sky, reaching for their Creator while rooted deeply in the Creation! artwork and text by Christi Sobel © 2004

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Tree Spirit Small Journal

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Tree Spirit I see my reflection in the trees that are throwing themselves against the still-bright sky, reaching for their Creator while rooted deeply in the Creation…   artwork and text by Christi Sobel

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