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    Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator and a certified science geek. She is the illustrator of three popular science books: Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at and @eyeforscience.

    Glendon Mellow is a fine artist, illustrator and tattoo designer working in oil and digital media based in Toronto, Canada. He tweets @FlyingTrilobite. You can see Glendon's work-in-progress at The Flying Trilobite blog and portfolio at

    Katie McKissick is a former high school biology teacher turned science writer and cartoonist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her first book is called What’s in Your Genes? and will be in bookstores December 2013. She tweets @beatricebiology. Her work can be found at

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    I love when this group of Alaskan paleoartists has a show – I even have one of their past postcards framed and decorating my sons’ robot-and-dinosaur themed bedroom. Scott Elyard, Raven Amos and Zachary Miller are distinct and lively personalities in the paleoart (and often toy) blogging world. (Raven and Scott also frequent the SciArt [...]

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    In Case You’re Tempted to Think 3D Modeling All Looks the Same


    I initially contacted Bryan Christie to request permission to feature his spectacular cheetah illustration in this year’s blitz. He agreed, and so here it is, in all its glory: But he also tipped me off to his fine art work that is equally worthy of note: How could two such disparate styles emanate from the [...]

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    A Delicate Army of Franken-Fairies


    When tallying up a list of materials to use in assembling delicate fairy sculptures, bug parts might not be first on your average list. But for sculptor Cedric Laquieze, who is fascinated with organic materials and a natural aesthetic, they are the perfect choice. The resulting fairies and goddesses transcend the ick-factor for even the [...]

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    Playing What-If With Parasites


    Who could be better positioned for a bit of speculative biology than a parasitologist? Artist and parasitologist Tommy Leung has a mind for puzzling out species networks, and he puts it to – no other word fits – fantastic use when thinking up new creature-relationships. Brood Beast & Symbiomice is a detailed example of fictional [...]

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    A Wondrous Look Inside a Tuft of Grass


    500 years ago, artist and engraver Albrecht Dürer took the time to carefully and meticulously paint the >Great Piece of Turf. In both the Northern and Southern European Renaissance, studies in preparation of a larger painting were not uncommon. One of the many remarkable features of Dürer’s study is that it appears to have been [...]

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    Paper Dragons Redefine an Ancient Art


    Paper cutting as an art form is almost as old as paper itself. Traditionally, though, paper cuts are 2-dimensional, almost cartoonish depictions of scenes because of the nature of the process: either the paper is there, or it is cut away, leaving the artist with two tones to work with. Artist Tiffany Miller Russell has [...]

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    Like Nails on a Chalkboard


    Paintings by some fine artists can be used to thought-provoking effect as illustrations on news or blog posts about scientific advancements. One fine artist who frequently comes to mind  for me when I am asked to recommend an illustrator is painter Michelle Hunter. Hunter focuses on the brain (see an earlier Symbiartic post here) and [...]

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    Synapsid Sunrise


    With hues inspired by calcite and a plastic toy dimetrodon sitting as a model, Sharon Wegner-Larsen created this stunning watercolour and ink work, Synapsid Sunrise. The paint is warm and reminiscent of how light through stained glass on a sunny day seeps into your pores. The scene captures the heat and cheer of an early [...]

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    The Brain Stem Behind Creation


    University and scientific research center programs are increasingly finding it useful to employ artists and illustrators to help them see things in a new way. Few works of art from the Renaissance have been studied and pored over as meticulously as Michelangelo’s frescos in the Sistine Chapel. Yet, the Master may still have some surprises [...]

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    The Long Shadow of Fungal Networks


    I’ve heard it said that if you removed everything from the forest except for fungi you would still be able to discern outlines of trees and leaves because of the vast fungal networks of pervading everything. I’ve often thought that would make a powerful illustration but never got around to acting on it. So when [...]

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