In the world of commercial art, medical illustration is a specialized field. Within this field, however, there is 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 blog posts, 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 ten talented medical illustrators working in the field of Medical Devices:
Cover Image © KO Studios
© Mike Austin
Mike Austin, owner of Internal Art Medical Illustration, is known for his skillful creativity and artistic style. Mike is an independent medical illustrator with over two decades of experience collaborating with clients and creating compelling visuals to communicate information clearly. His intent is to create a warm, appealing and accurate final illustration that is delivered on time. In 1994, Mike graduated with a Master’s degree in Medical and Biological Illustration from the University of Michigan School of Medical Illustration in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His background includes rigorous coursework in gross anatomy, comparative anatomy, pathology and biology. With his expertise in science, anatomy and artistry, Mike can find a solution to your intricate communication goals. Prior to starting Internal Art Medical Illustration, Mike began his career at the Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a professional member of the Association of Medical Illustrators since 1999. Many clients have mentioned they appreciate the flexibility and timeliness that Mike provides when working on their projects. His work has appeared in PBS documentaries, medical malpractice trials, surgical and clinical journals, books, advertising, professional and patient education materials and used for medical device marketing and packaging.
© DNA Illustrations
Alexandra Webber, founder of DNA Illustrations, has been interested the intersections of art and science since childhood. She attended the University of Georgia and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (double major in Scientific Illustration and Zoology). She received her Master of Science with Summa Cum Laude distinction from the Medical College of Georgia. She has worked at a vet school, an ecology lab, and as a creator of medical legal exhibits. She later moved to New Orleans to join the Department of Fine Arts at the University of New Orleans, and she served as adjunct faculty at Dillard University in New Orleans. For the past 20 years, Alex has worked as a freelance illustrator at DNA Illustrations. Her background includes extensive experience in creating editorial art and illustrating surgical volumes. She has received numerous awards for her work.
© Adam Questell
“At A KYU Design visual communication is about clearly and efficiently conveying complex concepts while breathing life and energy into your story, your products, and your ideas. That requires someone who can communicate with healthcare providers, engineers, scientists, executives, sales teams, marketing specialists, advertising teams, techies, newbies, and most importantly…your defined audience. A KYU Design was founded by Adam Questell with a genuine excitement about medicine, science, and technology. That excitement, tempered with an objective and analytical approach based on almost 20 years of experience, leads to seamless integration with your team and an easy working relationship.”
© Mark M. Miller
Upon receiving a Master of Arts degree in Medical Illustration in 1986, Mark Miller joined the faculty in Art as Applied to Medicine, where his responsibilities included teaching medical sculpture, heading the facial prosthetics clinic, and producing surgical illustrations for the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. In 1991 Mark established Miller Medical Illustration, a sole-proprietorship, in Kansas City. In July of 2013 he joined the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Department of Communications, where he is employed on a part-time basis as Scientific Illustrator and Instructor in Adobe Illustrator and Best Practices in Visual Communications. Mark continues to create medical and scientific illustrations for a diverse group of national and international clients, depicting a wide range of medical, biological, scientific and veterinary subjects, and is a speaker on the field of medical illustration and its history.
© Science Picture Company
“We are an award winning 3D medical animation studio, renowned for creating cinematic 3D visualizations in the fields of science, medicine and technology. We specialize in high-end medical animations, mechanism-of-action videos and scientific illustrations. We take your science and transform it into an accurate and dramatic visual experience. Over the years our work has featured in many international publications including National Geographic, Nature Journal, Science, Time, New Scientist, Science Illustrated, Popular Science, BBC Focus, Wired and many more.“
© KO Studios
KO Studios specializes in high end medical illustrations and animations for the medical and biotech industries. Steve started the company under the name of StudiOh Medical art in 1992 and was joined by Myriam in 1998 when the company became KO Studios. Both illustrators graduated from the Medical College of Georgia’s Medical Illustration program and before starting their own company worked for other diverse institutions including Georgetown University, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Joan Beck Visual Communications, Krames Communication, Barrow Neurological Institute, and Arizona Heart Institute among others.
© Cynthia Turner
Cynthia Turner is a certified medical illustrator and a Fellow of the Association of Medical Illustrators. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colorado State University, 1979, and a Master of Arts in Biomedical Illustration from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, 1982. Her work focuses on the visual needs of the pharmaceutical and biotech research for their investor and advertising markets, including large scale illustrations for medical conference exhibitions and event and print collateral. She is known for creating striking visuals with clarity of message and a dramatic use of color. Cynthia’s work was selected for inclusion in the juried Art of Medicine exhibition, New York, NY and the juried Dream Anatomy exhibition at the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD. Johnson & Johnson honored her with a one-man show of The Medical Art of Cynthia Turner. She exhibited at the University de Andres Bello Art Gallery and the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile and those works were later included in the permanent collection of the Universidad Andres Bello Medical School. Recently, Cynthia was the Artist-in-Residence for Varian Surgical Sciences for 4 years, producing several 3′ x 4’ limited edition prints for Varian’s Take a Closer Look campaign, highlighting their role in advancing radiation medicine for cancer treatment of previously inoperable early stage lung, breast, prostate, brain and liver cancers. Cynthia is the recipient of 2014 Brödel Award for Excellence in Education and the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Medical Illustrators. She is represented by Gail Thurm, Senior VP of Pharmaceutical Services, Shannon Associates LLC, NYC.
© Hromi Biomedical
Emily Hromi is a freelance medical illustrator living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Originally from Ohio, she earned her BFA in Biomedical Art from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2014. She is currently working as a full-time freelance medical illustrator for clients in Ohio, Michigan, and beyond. Emily is a member of the Association of Medical Illustrators, and is a two-time AMI Salon award winner.