My name is D.K. Cissel. I live in the Pacific Northwest, and I am a (mostly) self-taught illustrator and comics creator working in ink and alcohol markers. Predictably, I enjoy outdoor activities ranging from hiking to kayaking to soaking up sunshine on a lazy June day.
I don’t have a formal background in biology thanks to my abysmal math skills, but I’m an active citizen scientist and volunteer. I enjoy environmental education of all kinds, particularly when I have the opportunity to inspire people to feel awe, wonder and joy about nature. What You Need To Know About Nature is my way of channelling my efforts into a visual medium that is popular, accessible, and easy to share. I also teach citizen-level natural history and foraging classes through several community colleges and other venues, both online and in person; you can find out more about that over at my other website, Rebecca Lexa, Naturalist.
If you find an error in one of my comics or other art, if you want to get permission to reproduce them beyond sharing them online for fun, or if you just want to chat naturey things with me, contact options are here. Generally speaking I’m going to be okay with non-commercial reproduction (with proper attribution) wherever, and you can also use my work as reference materials for your own art; I just don’t want entire pieces published for money without my being involved.