Welcome to Studio Kayama
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Show your expertise and transform your innovations and messages into original captivating illustrations.
We’d love to learn about your work and collaborate on visual ways to capture your audience. Stay in touch or just say hello!
Cellular & Molecular
Have a look at our portfolio
Ready to Stand Out From the Crowd?
The best part of my work is my huge variety of clients and experts and getting to create unique illustrations. Let me know what you think!
Birdbanding Black Bellied Whistling Duck
Animals & The World Around Us
The Bulding Blocks of Life
Human bones of the lower limb
The Human Body
Pregnancy & covid
Procedures & Illustrations
Have you ever struggled to communicate your thoughts and ideas to others?
Do you ever get frustrated when they just don’t “get” it?
Well, that was me.
I was born in Japan and lived there until I was seven years old. I remember when Dad first mentioned us going to America. Knowing very little about any foreign country, I was very excited about this adventure.
My Design Blog
Sometimes I Write About Design
2022 Upcoming Events
Our talks, workshops, and seminars provide in-depth instructions covering various science, art, and science art topics. Throughout the year, Ikumi gives online and in-person events that offer opportunities to learn and experiment.
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 that you...
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...
Inktober 2020: Tools
It's that time of the year again. Inktober art by Ikumi Kayama 2016-2019 Using less plastic! When I first started the Inktober challenge in 2016 or so, I used the trusty Sakura Microns. They are widely available and rather inexpensive. The ink is permanent and...
[Workshop] Beginning Watercolor Weekend Workshop at Univ of MD
Beginning Watercolor Workshop Saturday/Sunday November 10-11, 2018 10am-3pm Stamp Student Union Studio A (Arts & Learning Center) University of Maryland, College Park I'm excited to work with University of Maryland and Studio A again. This time, we're happy to...
What People Are Saying About My Design Work
“A true professional in both her skill and character”
It was a pleasure working with Ikumi on the images for my book. Ikumi is a true professional in both her skill and character. She has a strong knowledge of medical terminology and is an excellent artist. Ikumi was available to review the images at my convenience and was always accessible by email or phone for any additional requests that I had. I would be happy to work with Ikumi on any of my future projects.
“Clear, concise, and clinically accurate”
Ikumi has been a valuable member of the textbook illustration/editorial team. She is a quick learner, very flexible, and easy to work with. Her illustrations are clear, concise, and clinically accurate to describe various procedures in the upcoming neurosurgery textbook. Before working with her, the illustration editing was a complicated and involved process. After Ikumi joined the team, the illustration creation and editing sped up. Now the textbook is nearly completed. I would highly recommend working with her.
“Very knowledgeable and extremely responsive”
It was a great pleasure working with Ikumi. Together, we created illustrations for our new edition of the patient handbook “Bladder Cancer Basics for the Newly Diagnosed”.
When it comes to teaching patients, nothing is better than illustrations. We needed additional illustrations for the revised edition of our patient handbook, and it was important that the new drawings match those that were already in use. Ikumi did an excellent job, providing us with clear, anatomically accurate illustrations that are purposefully simple to teach a point. Ikumi is very knowledgeable and extremely responsive, making the process a very smooth one.
Our community of patients, caregivers, family members and doctors are very pleased with our new handbook, and demand is very high!
“The project pace greatly improved with quicker art completion”
Ikumi’s work is beautiful. Her illustrations are clean and the detail is excellent. Not only is she very pleasant and easy to work with, but she is also very efficient at rendering proofs and making edits to our constantly evolving surgical illustrations. Before getting Ikumi on board, we were challenged with long turnarounds on a project; after she came on board, the project pace greatly improved with quicker art completion. Our experience with Ikumi has been very positive and we look forward to working on more projects with her in the future.