In the world of commercial art, medical illustration is a specialized field. Within this field, however, there are a diverse range of different categories and disciplines: anatomy, cellular biology, botany, zoology, biotechnology, pharmacology, virology, and histology… The list is as inexhaustible as the field of science itself. With a series of special blogposts, we are celebrating several artists whose unique specializations help to cover this broad spectrum of subjects.

This month, Medical Illustration and Animation is proud to highlight six talented medical illustrators working in the field of Botany:

Lizzie Harper, Laurie O’Keefe, David Bolinsky, Deborah Kopka, Kopp Illustration and Linda Lubbersen.

“Coastal Flowers” © Lizzie Harper

“I’m a freelance botanical and natural history illustrator drawing and painting plants, animals, composite landscapes, and diagrams for publishers, environmental bodies, charities, and private individuals. I work in watercolor, pen & ink, and pencil. I’ve recently completed work on several field guides for the Field Studies Council (FSC) in the UK, and for “Life on Our Planet” by David Attenborough and for “The Tree Forager” by Adele Nozedar. I am currently working on illustrations for a guide to the wood ants of the UK. I exhibit from time to time, and also have a large data-base of my completed illustrations which are available for re-use by clients.” ~ Lizzie Harper

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“Stem rust wheat assassin” © Laurie O’Keefe

“For more than two decades, I’ve worked as an independent medical artist. I’m a Certified Medical Illustrator, specializing in biomedical illustrations that provide engaging and educational views of science and nature. I use traditional and digital methods to construct images for a variety of publishing formats, including textbooks, pharmaceutical product advertisement, museum and medical-legal exhibits.” ~ Laurie O’Keefe

Client list includes Google, Pfizer, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, IDEXX, and Purina.

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“3D model of a plant cell” © David Bolinsky

David Bolinsky is an accomplished and award-winning medical illustrator, animator, director, producer and scriptwriter whose pioneering career in medical and scientific multimedia spans 50 years. After holding the position of Senior Medical Illustrator at the Yale School of Medicine for 3 years, David founded Advanced Imaging, Inc. (1984), the world’s first digital medical animation company and in 2000 co-founded XVIVO Scientific Animation. David was Medical Director of the groundbreaking, award-winning film series ‘The Inner Life of the Cell’ for Harvard’s Molecular and Cellular Biology Department before founding e.mersion studios, LLC, in 2012 for educational and commercial work and Emersionist, LLC for partnership projects with broadcasters, universities, institutes and researchers.

David is a widely sought lecturer and presenter on visualization in science. A three-time TED Speaker, David presented on TED’s main stage in Monterey, CA in 2007, the main stage at TED India in 2009 and most recently a side talk at TED Summit in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2019. He is passionate about bringing the power of visual learning to science education through advances in interactive technologies and innovations in publishing.

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A 40-year publishing professional, botanical artist, educator, and children’s book author, Deborah Kopka creates botanical images that reflect the peace and healing of the natural world. Deborah studied botanical illustration in England and editorial illustration at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. She also earned a Botanical Art Diploma, with Distinction, from London Art College in the United Kingdom. Committed to lifelong learning, she is currently doing further studies in botanical illustration and botany with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. She teaches botanical illustration in university, community college, botanical garden, and art museum continuing education programs. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

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“Candy Mountain Foxglove (Digitalis sp.)” © Deborah Kopka
“Stages of Plant Growth” © Kopp Illustration

“I have been in the illustration business for over 25 years. During this time I have met the most demanding deadlines for clients from New York to Los Angeles and more recently Japan, Moscow and Italy. I spent my early years as a draftsman and then went on to receive an Associates Degree in Technical Illustration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology. This training with the many years of experience has provided me with the tools necessary to understand and communicate the most demanding technical subjects in graphic form.” ~ Jim Kopp

Clients include: Medline Medical, Rolling Stone Magazine, The EPA, Bose, Ikea, Forbes Magazine, Sunset Books, Esquire Magazine, Consumer Reports, Celebrity Cruise Line, PepBoys, Field and Stream Magazine, Pepsico, San Diego State University, Solatube International Inc., Hewlett-Packard, Qualcomm, McCall’s Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Red Cross, Blue Cross, Rescue Rooter, Intuit Software, Popular Science, Home Depot, Anheuser-Busch Inc., Dayton-Superior, WD-40 and many more.

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“Belladonna” © Linda Lubbersen

Studio Lindalu offers illustrations and graphic designs that convey information and visualise ideas in the fields of business, science and art. Together with you, Studio Lindalu analyses your request and offers you solutions and products that fit your needs, adapting styles and techniques to perfectly fit your purpose. Studio Lindalu is founded by Ms. Linda Erzsébet Lubbersen. She is born to a Herend Porcelain designer inheriting her dedication, precision and talent. She holds a diploma in facial reconstruction and a Bachelor of Arts in Scientific Visualization from the Zürich Hochschule der Künste in Switzerland.

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