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 Veterinary Medicine:

Laurie O’Keefe, Peg Gerrity, Adam Questell, Linda Nye, Michele Graham, Mark M. Miller, Ella Maru, Bonnie Hofkin, Mesa Studios, Molly Borman

Cover Image © Laurie O’Keefe
© 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 advertisements, museum and medical-legal exhibits. My client list includes Google, Pfizer, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, IDEXX, and Purina.” ~ Laurie O’Keefe

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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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© Adam Questell

At A KYU Design visual communication is about clearly and efficiently conveying complex concepts while breathing life and energy into a client’s story, products, and ideas. That requires someone who can communicate with healthcare providers, engineers, scientists, executives, sales teams, marketing specialists, advertising teams, techies, newbies, and most importantly…a client’s 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 clients.

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© Molly Borman

“My goal is to create artwork that is accurate, informative and inviting.”

Molly Borman graduated in 1988 from Colorado State University with a Masters of Science in Anatomy and specialization in Biomedical Illustration. While in the program she was a graduate teaching assistant for the human anatomy laboratories for 5 semesters. She was a Staff Medical Illustrator at CSU’s Illustration and Communication service department, 1989-1990. She aided instructing graduate students in CSU’s Biomedical Illustration program and co-instructed Introduction to Biomedical Illustration, an undergraduate class. From 1990 to the present Molly has been running her own biomedical illustration business.

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© Linda Nye

Linda Nye has been providing technology visualization and animation for biomedical, pharmaceutical, computer, museum and aerospace clients for 25 years. Her 3D and 2D computer animations also provide a common visualization tool for multimedia, internet, broadcast, advertising, and DVD training.

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© Ella Marushchenko

“We are a team of scientists with PhD’s from top USA universities and professional graphic designers. We combine PhD level scientific knowledge with professional arts design to produce eye-catching scientific images and animations. In 2016 our illustrations were featured on covers of ~200 Scientific Journals including 15 covers in Nature and Science magazines.” ~ Ella Maru Studio

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© Mark M. Miller

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.

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© Bonnie Hofkin

Bonnie Hofkin studied commercial illustration at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and went on to get her Masters degree in Medical Illustration at The University of Texas Health Science Center.

After a decade of working as a freelance illustrator in NYC Bonnie moved her studio The Bay Area in California where she is a licensed EMT and currently working as a commercial and an accredited medical illustrator.

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© Michele Graham

Michele Graham is a Board Certified Medical Illustrator. She holds a Master of Science in Anatomy with a concentration in Medical Illustration and a Master of Fine Art in drawing. She has been working as a Medical Illustrator for the past 17 years and is currently working independently. Michele has 7 years of experience teaching anatomy and drawing at Colorado State University and 5 years experience teaching anatomy and art in the Nursing and Liberal Arts Programs at the College of the Marshall Islands, Micronesia.

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 © Mesa Studios

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 a frequent contributor to National Geographic Magazine, and takes on a full range of clients from the large multifaceted campaign, to the individual researcher.

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