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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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  • Breathe Deep, Fellow Asthmatics


    Today is World Asthma Day. Started by the Global Initiative for Asthma, I thought World Asthma Day would be a great time to share a detail from a series of key frames being produced by the animation team at INVIVO Communications, where I work.   As a lifelong asthmatic, I know how it feels as [...]

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    Talking with Students


    Being a scientific illustrator isn’t an easy career path. Being a fine artist engaging with science is even more difficult, at least financially. So when, every so often, a student will drop me a message and ask if we can talk shop or a teacher asks if I can speak via Hangout to a classroom, [...]

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    5 Instagram Tips for Science Artists


    I’ve been on Instagram for a long time, with a private account to share family photos with friends. Last year, I decided to start up a second account, @FlyingTrilobite, to share my art in process, and the sort of things I normally share on my blog. I’m using Instagram in a different way, and loving [...]

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    Where’s the Amphibian Love? Rally for Your Mosquito-Eating BFFs


    If you don’t already love amphibians, you should. Amphibians are useful fellows. Before the FDA approved at-home pregnancy tests in 1976 and they became widely available in 1978, women relied on their doctors to confirm they were pregnant. And for many years, doctors’ best pregnancy indicator was a gaggle of female frogs kept at the [...]

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    Science Board Games, SciArt in the Crowd Edition


    I love playing board games, and my favorites are ones that involve science in some way. I’m always on the lookout for crowdfunding campaigns for science board games, as it’s a great combination of science art and science communication. I’ve backed projects like Compounded and Go Extinct!, and today I’m excited about a new project [...]

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    Tube Worm Thoughts

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    On the heels of science art about how “we all eat the sun,” I was thinking about the few exceptions to that rule. As my high school biology teacher would often say, “Always and never are never true in biology!” But when the ecosystems surrounding hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean were discovered [...]

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    OOPS! Basic Anatomy Wrong in National Campaign Announcing $50m Gift


    From the Department of Convoluted University Bureaucracies and the Havoc They Wreak, I bring you an example of why Certified Medical Illustrators are worth every penny you spend on them: If you opened up The New York Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, or The Boston Globe this week you might have seen a [...]

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    New Beginnings, Old Themes and False Starts


    About a month ago, We started something new. Kalliopi Monoyios, 1/3 of the Symbiartic posse pushed Katie McKissick and myself to start working on themed creations made especially for our blog. The first theme: ‘New Beginnings”. See the introductory post to Art Takes on Science here See Kalliopi Monoyios’s New Beginnings art here See Katie [...]

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    SciArt in the Crowd


    Welcome to a new feature here on Symbiartic! SciArt in the Crowd will share some of the most interesting crowdfunding projects by a variety of artists engaged in SciArt. Help them create and expand the circle of scientific literacy, visually. Mammoth is Mopey by David & Jennie Orr Mammoth is Mopey is a new children’s [...]

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    We All Eat the Sun; Content-Rich Science Art

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    I talked about the art of Rachel Ignotofsky a while back after I found out about her amazing work featuring famous (and should-be-famous!) women in science — a series she continues to expand. But I wanted to feature some of her work featuring science concepts, complete with labels. I love the way she gets so [...]

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