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Infographic depicting all subspecies of wolf, including domestic dog.

Leonardo Alannis 2019

Leonardo Alannis

medical illustration of Digital portrait of a Serengeti leopard (Panthera pardus). 

Of all the big cats, the leopard is the most elusive and  intelligent, ranging from forests  to savannas to deserts. Melanistic forms are called 'black panthers'. This spotted feline is most closely related to the lion, although it is erroneously called 'tiger' in some cultures.
medical illustration of Illustration depicting two early whale ancestors in their natural habitat. Looking more like wolves than sheep, the earliest ancestors of cetaceans (whales and dolphins) were actually more closely related to hippopotamuses and other even-hoofed creatures. The earliest discovered ancestor (Indohyus, tope left) was a semi-aquatic forager. The predatory Ambulocetus (lower right) was more like a
medical illustration of Digital illustration of several sabertooth predators from different families and eras. From left to right: Smilodon, Panthera atria, Barbourofelis, Homotherium and Xenosmilus. 



Nimravids, false cats, la brea tar pits, fossils, extinct animals, paleo, predators,
medical illustration of Paleontological illustration of hypothetical parenting habits of Tyrannosaurs. The fossil discovery of relatives of T. rex (Yutyrannus, Nanotyrannus) provide evidence that protofeathers were indeed present in the tyrannosaur family. Much like birds (their closest living relatives), parent tyrannosaurs are believed to have been good parents.
medical illustration of Laetoli, Tanzania is famous for its human ancestor footprints. These imprints of our early Australopithecine ancestors tell the story of our evolution. However, scientists make use of fossils from other fauna to construct a complete context. This illustrations is meant to shed spotlight on the under-noted fauna of the region which have contributed to the story of Man.  Their remains paint a portrait of the climate that cradled the birth of mankind.
medical illustration of Paleontological reconstruction of the extinct protomammal. Here, it is shown scavenging on a dinosaur carcass. Contrary to earlier beliefs, mammals from the Cretaceous were very diverse and included flying, swimming, digging and predatory forms. Gobiconodon is one of the largest mammalian fauna to be discovered from the time of the dinosaurs.
medical illustration of Illustration in gouache depicting the largest beetle in the world, the Goliath Beetle. This large insect actually feeds on sap and fruit.
medical illustration of An illustration depicting 'anachronistic fruit.'. The idea that fruit like avocados, mangos and others lesser known had their seeds dispersed by extinct megafauna is expanded in the book 'Ghosts of Evolution'.  This image highlights some of those fruit with
medical illustration of Infographic showing various dominant and submissive postures of wolves. Additionally, each posture represents one of the many recognized wolf subspecies around the world.

wolves, dogs, mammals, predators, animal behavior, dingo, lobo, lupo
medical illustration of Infographic on sugar manufacture. The refinement of pure, white, sugar has a long and arduous process. Raw sugar cane juice, which looks dark, is turned into
medical illustration of Portrait from life done in ballpoint pen and watercolor. This prehistoric looking swamp creature is only distantly related to other reptiles (lizards, snakes, turtles, etc.) and instead shares a closer genetic relationship to birds. The main group to which it belongs to, Archosauria, also includes the dinosaurs.
medical illustration of Portrait done in ballpoint pen and ink. The distinct group mammals known as elephants are the largest land mammals.  Their tusks are actually enlarged incisors, teeth which project from the front of their upper jaw.
medical illustration of Illustration depicting the evolutionary relationships between different groups of seemingly unrelated mammals. Science has pinned down several mammal groups are originating in the African continent, thus devising the taxon
medical illustration of Black & White, Education, Museum / Zoo, Anatomy, Biology, Natural History, Natural Science / Nature, Zoology
medical illustration of Color, Education, Museum / Zoo, Biology, Natural History, Natural Science / Nature, Zoology
medical illustration of Black & White, Education, Museum / Zoo, Biology, Natural Science / Nature, Zoology
medical illustration of Traditional illustration in pen and ink. Contrary to popular opinion, swordfish or broadbills do not use their bills to spear their prey. Instead they slash at smaller fish to injure them, making capture easier. They are among the fastest fish and prefer a solitary lifestyle.
medical illustration of Pen and ink illustration of a Neotropical catfish.  These fishes are a regular component of Southern California marine life. 

ichthyology, marine biology, siluriformes
medical illustration of Traditional illustration in pen and ink. Natively a resident of asian origin, this fish is a recent introduction to the California coastal ecosystem.
medical illustration of Black & White, Education, Museum / Zoo, Biology, Natural History, Natural Science / Nature, Zoology
medical illustration of Pen and ink illustration of the anglerfish (Northern Seadevil). Their distinctive lures place them as predators of the ocean depths. These fishes  shows a special kind of mating system called sexual parasitism. The males are noticeably smaller than the females, sometimes so small there are confused with warts. Upon encountering a female, males will fuse with her and literally 'become one with her'.  These fish are components of Southern California marine life. 

ichthyology, marine biology,
medical illustration of Black & White, Education, Museum / Zoo, Biology, Natural History, Natural Science / Nature, Zoology
medical illustration of Black & White, Education, Museum / Zoo, Biology, Natural History, Natural Science / Nature, Zoology

Profile

Leonardo is a certified Scientific illustrator with 15+ years experience leading creative projects. With a post-graduate degree from California State University, Monterey Bay in Scientific and Biological Illustration, he works in both traditional and digital media. His work encompasses zoological, paleontological and medical art. His distinctive aesthetic explores the natural world from a particular perspective. He holds a B. Sc. Evolutionary Biology from California State University, Northridge. His broad client base includes Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Los Angeles Zoo and Natural History Museum.

Style/Techniques

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

Subject/Specialties

Anatomy, Biology, Botany, Maternal / Child, Natural History, Natural Science / Nature, Ornithology, Portraits, Zoology