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About Ikumi Kayama

Studio Kayama’s Founder, Ikumi Kayama, is an award-winning medical & scientific illustrator. She helps scientists and doctors share the value of their work through accurate and educational illustrations.

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Scientific Illustration 101: How to Draw a Leaf

Introduction to Scientific Illustration for Students I was invited by a good friend of mine from college to be a guest speaker for a group of students in Arkansas. The talk will be about “Combining Science and Art for a Career in Medical & Scientific…

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Tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou

I was very saddened to learn about Dr. Maya Angelou’s passing. She was to live forever and share her wisdom and courage for decades and decades in my mind. Dr. Maya Angelou was my favorite teacher’s hero, so she’s a grand-hero of mine. There’s so…

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May the Fourth be with you. 9 anatomical structures named “4th” that will always be with you.

Happy Star Wars Day! Last weekend at the US Science and Engineering festival, I had the lovely honor of being part of the National Museum of Health & Medicine Booth in Washington, DC. While there, I got to paint some anatomy of the forearm on…

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Do professional artists draw for fun?

Frequently Asked Question: Do professional artists draw for fun? Above art: Sterba’s Corydora, Harlequin Rasbora, and White breasted nuthatch. ©2014 Ikumi Kayama.   Let me share some pages from my small sketchbook. It’s about 6″ x 6″, and the paper is thick enough to hold…

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11 Science Gift Ideas

Science Gift Ideas – Unique and Different Gifts Are you looking for a neat gift for your favorite scientist? Do they already have crazy ties, shirts, and Newton’s cradles for the office?  Are you tired of trying to fit so many mugs in your cupboard? Do…

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9.5 Last-minute Halloween Costume Ideas for Science Lovers

Are you ready for Halloween? We rolled up our crafty (or nerdy) sleeves to bring you easy, fast, and environmentally friendly Halloween costume ideas for scientists and science lovers. Bonus- none of these costumes involves you with a lab coat. Here are the 9.5 Last-minute…

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10 Differences between scientific illustrators and general illustrators

Hi, I’m Ikumi, and I’m a scientific illustrator. The usual response to that is , “what’s that?” and “I’ve never met one, how cool”. Then the conversation drifts to how one becomes a scientific illustrator. Usually the scientific illustrator loves both science and art and…

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[Contest] Share your research for a chance to win custom artwork!

Update 10/24/13: Since we had less than 3 entries, all entrants have won prizes. Congrats! Win custom artwork by an award-winning medical & scientific illustrator! Do you ever struggle to explain your area of technical expertise? Would you like a visual to describe your research…

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Medical Media and Power of Illustration

Medical Media for Education Not so long ago, it used to be that only experts could access expert knowledge, research, and diagnosis. There was a great divide of knowledge between doctors and patients. Whatever the doctor told the patient was the only information available to…

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Why Sansa is not as dumb as you think.

Game of Thrones and Visual Communication- Sansa Stark [Spoiler Alert! If you haven’t read the books or seen the series, it is highly recommend that you do.  I haven’t read the books, and this is my personal opinion and observation of Sansa Stark from the…

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