Archive for Scientific Illustration

Time-Lapse Painting Videos

This week I’ve been painting few birds in addition to regular studio work. I purchased an iPhone tripod adapter for my gorilla tripod and wanted to see how it works. The iPhone adapter came in different colors (mine is blue!) and the screw portion came…

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DC Eagle Cam: Drawing Eaglets Every Day

DC eagle cam + accordion sketchbooks¬† = Drawing eaglets every day! Why am I doing this? First, I wanted to do more watercolor. I love it so much, and it’s fun and challenging. To me, quality art comes from practice. And of course, birds are…

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Combine Art and Science into a Career?

If you are thinking about combining art and science into a career, start here: Hi! My name is _____, and I’m a student at _______. I’m interested in the field of medical and scientific illustration. If you wrote something like this above, I’m really excited…

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Botanical illustration Artist-In-Residency at Denver Botanic Gardens 2015

Artist-In-Residency at Denver Botanic Gardens: There aren’t that many opportunities to be an artist-in-residence in scientific illustration at a renowned botanical garden. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the two artists at the Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG) in March of 2015….

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7 Frequently Asked Questions I get as a scientific Illustrator

Thanks for coming to my talk! Any questions? As a scientific illustrator, I get all sorts of questions. Scientific illustration is one of those jobs that is not in the immediate consciousness of a society. We are not famous like firefighters, librarians, teachers, and other…

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Medical Illustration Creation: Sketching bones of feet

Note: If the above video does not play, click here. How are medical illustrations made? Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best! One of the most frequently asked question as a medical illustrator is, “Are all your work done in the computer?” It’s a…

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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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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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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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