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Soaring Spiders

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Ever wonder how spiders end up on remote islands? In this infographic and science illustration collaboration with Editor Daisy Chung, I explain how spider silk, electrostatic force, and a light breeze disperse spiders across the globe

National Geographic

AMI #28

Page 146

medical illustration of Cover art of Aortic valve replacement cardiac surgery painting for the cover of Cardiology Today magazine.  Surgical illustration of heart surgery. Heart, atrium, ventricle, surgery, aorta, valve, artificial, device, editorial, cover, surgery, clean, white background, vein, artery, fat, ischemia, medicine, thorax, thoracic, biology, emergency, medicine
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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. Microbe, virus, archaea, bacteria, microbiota, gut, brain, FMT, transplant, surgical, biology, micro, colon, ileum, jejunum
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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 Editorial illustration for Scientific American Magazine, comparisson of brain region neuroanatomy of the human and chimpanzee, showing analogous 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 animation of Pharma animation, showing spinal cord signal showing fibers and pathways.  Anatomy, spinal cord, neurology, medical device, pain mediation, device, pharma, pharmacuetical
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medical illustration of Pen and ink line illustration of lung bronchial tree anatomy.  Show trachea, primary, secondary, and tertiary bronchi.
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medical illustration of lung membrane, mucus, goblet, cellular, cell, microbe
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medical illustration of Facial nerve, surgery, sural nerve, graft, transplant, face, neurosurgery, neurology, never, cranium, pediatric, patient, color, digital, patient, ed, education
medical animation of Rat animated walking and chewing, with cranial anatomy.  Skull, teeth, mouse, research
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
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medical illustration of Vitrectomy surgery for diabetic retinopathy, an opthalmalogical procedure in the posterior pole of the eye
medical illustration of Whipple patient education illustration in line and wash
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 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.
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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.
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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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