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Humans: Are we wired differently?

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Four-page infographic spread collaboration with Art Direction from Amanda Montanez of Scientific American, showing brain evolution of hominids, comparisons, and current research.

Mesa Schumacher (images)

AMI #28

Page 146

medical animation of Extension and flexion of the knee, highlighting the position of the bones (tibia, fibula, femur and patella), and the ACL and PCL ligaments
medical animation of Rat animated walking and chewing, with cranial anatomy.  Skull, teeth, mouse, research
medical animation of Neuron sending signal along a myelinated and non-myelinated axon via synapse.  Neurolbiology, molecular, cellular, pharma, pharmaceutical, device, animation, 3D
medical animation of Skeleton in a walk cycle
medical animation of Spinal cord signal showing fibers and pathways.  Anatomy, spinal cord, neurology, medical device, pain mediation, device, pharma, pharmacuetical
medical illustration of Aortic valve replacement cardiac surgery painting for the cover of Cardiology Today magazine.  Surgical illustration of heart surgery.
medical illustration of editorial, journal, molecular, painting, evolution, natural history, science, primate, chimpanzee, genetics, genes, reproduction, portrait, face, head, cranium, zoology, animal, veterinary, mammal, vertebrate, DNA, molecule, blackboard, blueprint, drafting, sketchy
medical illustration of Neuron journal cover, editorial conceptual illustration depicting medical imaging visualizing the brain in ways that traditional physical anatomic techniques could not.  Cartoon comic style for neuro research manuscript
medical illustration of Artistic depiction of astrocyte biological clocks in reference to Dali's persitance of memory.  Painted research journal, editorial conceptual illustration.  Neurons, neurobiology, brain, cell, molecular
medical illustration of Comparisson of brain region neuroanatomy of the human and chimpanzee, showing analagous brain regions that of the cortex.  Cranial anatomy, evolution, natural history, editorial illustration, brain, cranium, neurology, research, education
medical illustration of Nanoparticle editorial illustration for Scientific American, showing pharma drugs treating heart disease with protein based strategies targeting the immune system.  Cell, molecular, Tcell, Bcell, dendritic cells, antibody syringe.
medical illustration of Arabidopsis thaliana botany and microbiology illustration for the Scientist. Editorial graphic showing plant, roots, leaves, and reactions of bacteria below ground.  Natural science illustration on new research.
medical illustration of RYGB Gastric bypass GI surgery, liver, galbladder, large intestine, small intestine, stomach, pancreas, and molecular, celluar, and microbiology insets related to surgery.  Editorial illustration created for Scientific American article in 3D and color for medical research education
medical illustration of Brain evolution from hominid fossil ancestors for Scientific American editorial spread.  3D sculpture brain and cranium models.  Paleontology, anthropology, evolutionary history, natural history, general science and biology for education and publication
medical illustration of Medical device 3D illustration showing anatomical placement of screw and peg implant.  Vertebrae, med hardware product graphic.  Done in advertising style.
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medical illustration of knee, replacement, device, hardware, surgery, surgical, patient, education, pain, orthopedics, neural, femur, tibia, patella, tibial nerve, sciatic, femoral, bones, joint, limb, leg, lower, chronic, color, realism 3D
medical illustration of Pulmonary, lung, thorax, ribs, pathology, pleura, lobe, surgery, anatomy, injury, orthopedic, bone, sternum, spine, injury
medical illustration of Dengue virus floating in blood with red blood cells (RBCs), cellular environment
medical illustration of molecule, molecular, cell, cellular, atom, membrane, protein, calcium, ion, ligand, bond, chemical, hormone, signal,  system, pharma, pharmacology, cytoplasm
medical illustration of neuron, dendrite, spine, dendritic spine, synapse, cell, molecular, cellular, molecule, brain, neuro, neurology, neuroscience, communication, alzheimers, parkinsons, degeneration, disease, 3D, color, photorealistic, spinal cord, pain, sensation
medical illustration of Capillary, blood, RBC, cell, molecular, artery, vein, vascular, vessel, pathology, physiology
medical illustration of molecule, immunoglobulin, immune, molecular, cell, cellular, atom, ligand, bond, chemical, system, pharma, pharmacology, cytoplasm
medical illustration of Neurosurgery, neuro, anatomy, vascular, artery, approach, surgical, cranium, brain, cerebrum, cortex
medical illustration of Transhiatal, esophagus, thorax, thoracic, heart, gastrointestinal, surgery, surgical, abodmen, sternum, stomach, intestine, pedicle, vascular, anatomy, patient, education, GI, tract
medical illustration of Vitrectomy surgery for diabetic retinopathy, an opthalmalogical procedure in the posterior pole of the eye
medical illustration of Facial nerve, surgery, sural nerve, graft, transplant, face, neurosurgery, neurology, never, cranium, pediatric, patient, color, digital, patient, ed, education
medical illustration of Whipple patient education illustration in line and wash
medical illustration of Pen and ink line illustration of lung bronchial tree anatomy.  Show trachea, primary, secondary, and tertiary bronchi.
medical illustration of A figure from a set of illustration of a Modified Radical Neck Dissection.   This anatomical layout of the neck shows the critical anatomy after dissection has been completed.  General surgery or Otolaryngology.
medical illustration of Gross anatomy of the pancreas, including head, neck, body and tail in color and line.  Simple educational stock illustration.
medical illustration of lung membrane, mucus, goblet, cellular, cell, microbe
medical illustration of lungs, pulmonary, trachea, bronchiole, branchiole, air, airway, respiratory, thorax, breath, breathing, thoracic, parenchyma, anatomy, organ, system, tract, surgery, color, medicine, smoking, cigarette
medical illustration of hip, joint, injection, necrosis, artery, blood supply, ischemia, vessel, vein, bone, disease, patient, education, management, femur, ilium, ishium, pubis, femoral, head, neck, orthopedic, ortho, skeletal, elderly, surgery, surgical
medical illustration of ear, fat, nerve, facial, face, neurosurgery, neurology, nerve, cheek, head, cranium, crossover, graft, transplant, harvest, sural, anastamosis,
medical illustration of vascular, vessel, vein, anatomy, ENT, head, plastic, surgery, reconstructive, external, dermatology, skin
medical illustration of patient, education, complication, thrombosis, vein, vascular, artery, cardiac, cardiology, lung, pulmonary, surgery, surgical, anatomy, biology, teaching, process, plaque, calcification, stenosis, infarction, infarct
medical illustration of Tomato frog biology illustration for zoo.  Museum, publishing, editorial illustration for education.
medical illustration of Marine and freshwater fish illustrations for National Geographic field guide.  Biology, zoology, for editorial or publishing.
medical illustration of Sample of insects from National Geographic field guide.  Bee, ant, waterstrider, and caterpillars with insets, demonstration of movement, and environment.  Natural history, natural science graphics.  Biology, education, publishing.
medical illustration of Natural science, lizard, gecko, herpatology, education, zoo, species, ID, specimen
medical illustration of Natural science life cycle entomology infographic for book publishing.  Museum, zoo, editorial style insect graphic. Aphid, insect, zoology, biology.
medical illustration of Ecology infographic graph of spider aggression changes with environment.  Animal behavior, biology, research manuscript figure about animals and population.  Arachnid, insect, entomology.
medical illustration of Pristine seas for National Geographic, vector infographic food web of predator and prey in marine oceanic ecosystem.  Animals, biology, education for publishing or editorial, showing whale, seal, fish, crustacean, invertebrate, bird, and plankton.


Mesa Studios is a boutique illustration and animation studio specializing in medical, scientific, and information visualization. Our mission is to serve as a bridge between science and audience, helping translate information into clear visual communication. Principal artist Mesa Schumacher holds a science degree from Stanford, and a Masters in Biomedical Illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and has over 10 years working experience in science art. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, Scientific American, Cell, Neuron, for Pharmaceuticals, Medical device companies, Academic institutions, Hospitals, Zoos, Aquariums, Museums, and for private research clients.


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