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!


Natural Science







Cellular & Molecular

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Natural Science

From the galaxies to dinosaurs to backyard bugs!


New and innovative methods and tricks of the trade.


Classical yet ever-evolving understanding of the human body.

Cellular & Molecular

Puzzle pieces to understand how the world really works!

Ready to Stand Out From the Crowd?


Recent Work

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

Microvascularture Anastomosis

The Bulding Blocks of Life

Human bones of the lower limb

The Human Body

Pregnancy & covid

Procedures & Illustrations

Ikumi Kayama

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

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?

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...

Inktober 2020: Tools

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...


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.

Daniele Rigamonti, M.D, F.A.C.S

Salisbury Family Professor of Neurosurgery Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Oncology Director of the Division of Radiosurgery Director of the Cerebrospinal Fluid Diseases Center The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

“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.

Remi Nader, M.D., C.M., FRCS(C), FACS, FAANS

President, Texas Center for Neurosciences PLLC Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Texas Medical Branch Skull Base, Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Specialist

 “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!

Diane Zipursky Quale

President, Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

“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.

Kay Conerly

Executive Editor, Neurosurgery & Orthopaedic Surgery Thieme Medical Publishers

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