Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette


The End of My Journey…

Yesterday, I was tremendously sad, thinking that my time as an intern at Heyday had already come to an end. How did it go by so fast? I was extremely lucky to have such a unique experience, as a Scientific Illustrator Intern, and there is no way Heyday is going to get rid of me easily. If I can find a way to sneak sketches through Heyday’s door, I will do it! I was given a very special opportunity to grow as a person and an artist, and I will forever keep a place in my heart for each member of the Heyday community.
In June, I completed the Science Illustration Graduate Program at Cal State University, Monterey Bay, which focuses on using art and graphics to explain biological concepts that can’t easily be demonstrated with photographs (like in science textbooks and journals). One of the requirements upon completion of the program is a ten-week internship in biological illustration. Heyday gave me an amazing opportunity to take my internship down a unique path, giving me an unexpected amount of creative freedom.
As a student, I fell in love with sketching in the field. It quickly became my favorite way to observe nature. So, for the past ten weeks, I created sketches in the field about California coastal wildlife and posted them on Heyday’s blog. I became a “Pacific Pup” and presented the California coast according to my sketchbook and me. I wanted to spark not only a love of the environment, but a possibility for other people to tap into their creative side (I firmly believe everyone has one!).
Heyday gave me an opportunity to find my voice as an artist and a chance to write about my goals, but I was given so much more than just that. Kate Brumage, my wonderful mentor throughout this journey, made sure I got to see all the inner workings of this unique nonprofit organization. I witnessed an outstanding amount of dedication from the team at Heyday, who possess creative skills beyond anything I can think of. I had opportunities to learn from other artists and authors, and I was given essential information about marketing. Now I even have an opportunity to work on an illustration assignment with one of Heyday’s authors, which is so exciting for me.
Over the past ten weeks I learned that dedication leads to excellence, which is what I believe Heyday has achieved. The Heyday community welcomed me with open arms and taught me more than I could have hoped for. The wisdom of Malcolm Margolin, and the inspiration of Kate Brumage and the Heyday staff, made my internship an absolutely unforgettable experience.
So for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
See you at the beach!
Annette Filice
(Scientific Illustrator Intern)

Sketch Notes:
Thank You
See you at the Beach!


  1. Annette, it was a pleasure to work with you over the last several months!