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Krista Anandakuttan

medical illustration of An informative, densely-illustrated environment with text, featuring birds and mammals in their grassland habitat. Featuring a pair of nesting California quail (Calipepla californica), Pacific garter snake (Pituoiphis catenifer catenifer), California meadow vole (Microtus californicus), Grasshopper sparrow, Black-tailed deer, Black-tailed jackrabbit, and Red-tail hawk.
medical illustration of Overwintering groves of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) along the Pacific Coast of California. Original artwork includes map of California, close up of monarch, diagram of annual migration cycle; based on data from
medical illustration of A Cretaceous California beach scene, the landscape features flora and fauna found in the fossil record of the Moreno Shale region of central CA, USA. Created for public on-site interpretive panels for the Bureau of Land Management. 
Hadrosaur, dinosaur, extinct, Moreno conifer, ecosystem
medical illustration of Sea stars of the Pacific Northwest intertidal, including bat star (Patiria miniata), ochre star (Pisaster ochraceous), leather star (Dermasterias imbricata) and a young knobby star (Pisaster giganteus).
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medical illustration of Ultracentrifuge, detail from a short animation; graphic for Seton Scientific, Inc.
medical illustration of Airbrush, Color, Line with Color, Editorial, Web, Biology
medical illustration of Microscopic freshwater hydra locomotion
medical illustration of Illustration of microscopic marine algae Anotrichium secundum; Bishop Museum research collections
medical illustration of Enteroctopus dofleini, the Giant Pacific octopus
medical illustration of Close up of moss and lichens, created for educational materials, brochure, and signage in the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
medical illustration of Dicamptodon ensatus, a Pacific Giant Salamander endemic to caves in California; endangered species. Line art created from live research specimens, for display and signage graphics, University of California Santa Cruz Natural Reserve.
medical illustration of Pen and ink illustration published in Madrono by P. Zika. Full habit view, comparisons, and  magnified details of identifying characteristics of Carex xerophila, including ladder-fibrillose sheath and scabrous veins.
medical illustration of Invertebrate species endemic to caves in California.
medical illustration of Black & White, Line, Education, Publishing, Anatomy, Biology, Zoology
medical illustration of Graphite and digital media illustration. 
A comparison of magnified cross-section views of (a) fossilized fungal filaments (Prototaxites, 300 mya), and (b) a modern fungus.
medical illustration of Black & White, Line with Color, Education, Publishing, Botany
medical illustration of Airbrush, Color, Education, Multimedia, Patient Education, Stock, Anatomy, Physical Therapy
medical illustration of Illustration representing the multi-step process of a simplified virus reproduction cycle. The virus, an obligate intracellular parasite, uses its host cell’s equipment to reproduce its DNA and capsid protein coating. Education; vector artwork, Adobe Illustrator
medical illustration of Fern life cycle
medical illustration of The purple sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus; magnified views
medical illustration of Magnified stem, cross section view of vessel elements.
medical illustration of Diagram of the life cycle of a fern, showing ploidy levels of each generation. Spores fall from the indusium on the underside of mature fronds (top); haploid gametophyte generation and diploid sporophyte generation (diagram, center); fertilization occurs on the underside of gametophyte tissue (bottom).
medical illustration of Pen and ink illustration published in Rhodora:
medical illustration of Eugenia nosibensis, one of a series of botanical illustrations published in Systematic Botany, author N. Snow; Studies of Malagasy Eugenia (Myrtaceae) — II: Four New Species, Including One Eaten by Black Lemurs on Nosy Be
medical illustration of Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) metamorphosis; adult monarch is shown emerging from its chrysalis.
medical illustration of Bluegills (Lepomis macrochirus) male parental behaviors. Comparing evolutionary stable strategies: parental, female mimic, and cryptic (sneaker). Research, behavioral ecology
medical illustration of Color illustration of male gouldian finches, created for client B Sinervo, behavioral ecologist, research scientist; an example of evolution and divergence, with the yellow-faced variety increasingly rare in the wild.
medical illustration of Ornithology; Asia; iridescent tropical bird; drongo paradiseus
medical illustration of Botanical illustration in color, with magnified dissections and details in black and white.
medical illustration of Or, ladybug saves the cabbage: the two-spotted ladybug (Adalia bipunctata), a carnivorous beetle of the family Coccinellidae, is  shown closing in on the destructive Brevicoryne brassicae, commonly known as the cabbage aphid. Illustrated for a young audience.
medical illustration of Asian elephant
medical illustration of Native Hawaiian coral reef species, a mural; including the Hawaiian day octopus, green sea turtle, yellowfin goatfish, convict tang and yellow tang, moorish idol, ornate butterflyfish, various urchins and corals.


I work with scientists, organizations, educators and publishers to make science accessible, creating images that communicate and engage. Find me on cliff edges, in museum vaults, classrooms and jungles… Science illustrator since 2008! Clients include individual researchers and authors, companies, educational and peer review publishers, academic and research institutions, zoos, aquariums, ecological preserves, non-profit educational foundations. Traditional and digital media for the web and print. BS Ecology and evolutionary biology, UCSC Science Illustration Graduate Program.


Airbrush, Black & White, Cartoon, Color, Design, Information Graphics, Line, Line with Color, Microscopy


Anatomy, Biology, Biotechnology, Botany, Cell biology / Histology, General Medicine, Molecular Biology, Natural History, Natural Science / Nature, Ornithology, Physical Therapy, Virology, Zoology