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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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Photography vs Illustration: 7 areas where photos fall short

“Why not take photos?” Installment #1: Bird Photography Edition “Why not take photos?” When talking about photography vs illustration, this is probably one of the most common questions I get. The easy answer is, “because photos can’t do the same things illustrations can”. Just because…

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How to WOW your audience with your scientific research presentation

Have a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation slot at the next meeting? Scientific Presentations are an effective way of sharing research, gaining professional recognition, and attracting attention to novel approaches and findings. The problem is, most presentation slots are competitive to get at many professional conferences…

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Photoshop Tutorial: Use Lasso Tool Like a Frisket

How to be concise with the lasso tool For Illustrators and Scientists using Photoshop as a precise painting/editing tool: Imagine being able to precisely paint inside the lines in Photoshop without worrying about perfecting the path tool. Make your illustrations go quicker and be more…

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Preparing a scientific presentation? Read this first.

PowerPoint Tips for the Scientist Almost everyone is a little bit guilty of taking a power nap during a PowerPoint presentation. If you are the one on the podium, though, that’s demoralizing. After all, you spent months writing abstracts and proposals, setting up experiments, gathering…

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  • Scientific Illustration before and after: From collections to a lively bird

    Scientific Illustration before and after: From collections to a lively bird

  • Scientific Illustration before and after: From incomplete to reconstructed

    Scientific Illustration before and after: From incomplete to reconstructed

  • Scientific Illustration before and after: From dried specimen to an educational plate

    Scientific Illustration before and after: From dried specimen to an educational plate

  • Scientific Illustration before and after: From graphs to graphics

    Scientific Illustration before and after: From graphs to graphics

  • Scientific Illustration before and after: From photos to illustration

    Scientific Illustration before and after: From photos to illustration

Scientific Illustration Overview – What is Scientific Illustration?

Scientific Illustration as a communication tool In the recent years, there’s been an explosion of scientific research. More papers are published today than ever before, and scientists are making new discoveries every day. Using scientific illustration effectively to share new findings and discoveries is key…

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  • Medical Illustration Before and After--wordy to clear

    Medical Illustration Before and After--wordy to clear

  • Medical Illustration Before and After--bloody to clean

    Medical Illustration Before and After--bloody to clean

  • Medical Illustration Before and After--raw footage to conceptual

    Medical Illustration Before and After--raw footage to conceptual

Medical Illustration Overview – What is Medical Illustration?

Medical Illustration as a communication tool There are many ways in which people communicate, and visual communications is one of the most successful. Medical Illustration is a field of study that combines medicine, communication, and visualization. By using visuals such as illustrations and photographs, concepts…

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How to make a sweet heart out of M&M’s

Happy Valentine’s Day! To honor this “holiday”, I created an anatomical heart made of M&M’s! It was fun to swoop the different colored candy into place as I recreated the shapes of the different anatomical structures. Yes, in case you were wondering, I snacked on…

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Website Update 2013

Happy new year! Hope everyone is having a great start to the new year. Here at Studio Kayama, we are updating our website! Please pardon the dust for few days as we go through the upgrading process. There might be few broken links and a…

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Anatomy of Sports Day

The National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland hosted a program titled Anatomy of Sports. I was one of the invited medical illustrators who painted muscles on athletes to show which muscles were used when playing different types of sports. The athlete,…

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Photoshop Tutorial: Quick Mask Mode

Here is another video I made to help illustrators paint in Photoshop. What is a good way to stay inside the lines while you paint? One of the tools you can use is the quick mask tool. It’s prominently featured in the main palette, but…

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