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 Ophthalmology:

Cynthia Turner, Brian Harrold, Adam Questell, Krystyna Srodulski, Kuukua Wilson

Peter Crowther, Maury Aaseng, Mesa Studios, Jackie Heda, Mica Duran

Cover Image © Mica Duran
“Hydrus™ Microstent” © Cynthia Turner

Cynthia 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.

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“Eye Anatomy” © Brian Harrold

Brian Harrold, owner of Beru Graphics, has been illustrating and retouching for over fifteen years. Brian has worked closely with art directors and photographers on dozens of launches and hundreds of pitches. He has a reputation for getting quality results, on time and within budget, from comps to finished art.

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“The Human Eye” © Adam Questell

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. There is no “buzzword bingo” just careful thought, rolled up sleeves, a smile, and results.

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“For the past 15 years I have been a freelance illustrator creating medical illustration, patient education materials, children’s non-fiction, and bioscience illustrations. I earned my bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth and then moved to San Diego, CA to start my career. I now reside in Duluth, MN where I continue to pursue a variety of illustration projects.” ~ Maury Aaseng

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“Sagittal View of Eye” © Maury Aaseng
“Epicanthal Folds” © Krystyna Srodulski

Specialties Include: Alternative Medicine, Anatomy, Biology, Cardiac Surgery / Cardiology, Dentistry, Dermatology, Disease Management, Embryology, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology / Metabolic, Gastroenterology, General Medicine, General Surgery, Genetics, Maternal / Child, Natural History, Natural Science / Nature, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics / Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy, Reconstructive Surgery, Portraits, Reproductive Biology, Respiratory, Thoracic Surgery, Urology, Vascular Surgery, Veterinary Medicine, Zoology, Injuries, Plastic Surgery

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“Bionic Eye” © Peter Crowther Associates

Peter Crowther Associates

Represented by Début Art

With over 30 years experience and a passion for the latest developments in 3D rendering and scene layout software, Peter Crowther Associates strive to create the highest level of composition and details to create compelling and engaging images for clients all around the world. Peter Crowther graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA(DES RCA) in Graphic Design. He then worked for six months in one of the first multimedia design companies in London, Decode Design. During this time he beta tested the first version of Photoshop and went on to set up as a freelance illustrator/animator. His journey from 2D, working with photomontage, through to photo-retouching and later with photo-realistic 3D rendering has led to many interesting and varied jobs which have been incredibly rewarding. Today he continues to use cutting edge 3D software often speaking directly with the chief scientists to request and test new features.

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“Dissection of Eyeball” © Mesa Studios

Mesa Studios is full service studio specializing in unique and memorable science, medical, and data driven solutions. 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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Jackie Heda is a Certified Medical Illustrator with a postgraduate degree in Art as Applied to Medicine from the University of Toronto. Services include creative direction, 2D and 3D biomedical illustration, storyboard development, 2D and 3D animation, and medical-legal illustration. Clients include pharmaceutical and biotech companies, advertising agencies, design firms, and the medical and legal professions.

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“Glaucoma Suspension MOA” © Jackie Heda
“Implanting Allergan’s Xen® Gel GlaucomaStent” © Mica Duran

For the past 20 years, Mica Duran has represented the world’s medical and scientific experts with hand-drawn illustration and design services, through her boutique illustration firm, Mica Duran Studio. She is a visual storyteller of complex biomedical concepts for a diverse list of clients — from large pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, scientific publishers, and surgeons; to malpractice attorneys defending multi-million dollar suits. Her work is featured publicly in prominent science publications, such as Science Magazine; but a majority is published behind pay-walls in professional journals such as Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, or internal sales aids and publications shared by scientists in their field.

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“Diabetic Retinopathy” © Kuukua Wilson

Kuukua Wilson is a medical and scientific illustrator/visualizer based in Europe. She has her Master’s in Scientific illustration from Maastricht University in The Netherlands, and her Bachelor of Visual Arts from Kennesaw State University in Georgia, USA.

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