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 Natural Science:

Lizzie Harper, Laurie O’Keefe, Peg Gerrity, Deborah Kopka, Mesa Studios and Linda Lubbersen.

Cover Image © Linda Lubbersen
 © 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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 © 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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© Peg Gerrity

“As a Certified Medical Illustrator, I have over 30 years of experience creating custom digital illustrations and animations for the healthcare, publishing, and pharmaceutical industries. I also create traditional watercolor paintings while serving as Artist in Residence for various research, cultural, and conservation projects, and lease the rights to those images as needed.”

~ Peg Gerrity

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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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© Deborah Kopka
© Mesa Studios

Mesa Studios is full service studio specializing in unique and memorable science, medical, and data driven solutions. You have a story to tell, and we are uniquely qualified to help tell it. Armed with scientific knowledge, and an artistic toolkit, we can help you build a bridge to your audience with clear and engaging visuals. Principal artist Mesa Schumacher brings 15+ years of experience solving visual problems in science, and has worked in nearly every industry of science visualization from popular publishing, to academia, pharmaceutical and biotech, to product design. Mesa holds a science degree from Stanford, and a Masters in Medical and Biological Illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and has published in many campaigns, books, and magazines. She is frequent contributor to National Geographic Magazine, and takes on all range of client from the large multifaceted campaign, to the individual researcher.

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 © 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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View more Natural Science illustrations here.

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Sports Medicine | Zoology | Pediatrics | Botany | Dentistry  | Orthopedics

Ophthalmology | Dermatology | Veterinary Medicine | Obstetrics & Gynecology | Medical Devices