Visions of the Prenatal Development: Human Embryo & Fetal Illustrations

Visions of the Prenatal Development: Human Embryo & Fetal Illustrations

The embryo illustrations and fetus illustrations in the video above reveal fetal development beginning at 6 weeks of gestational age and progressing through each week, with summary text, until the final 40th week of pregnancy. At each week vital information about development is offered, along with a comparatively sized vegetable or fruit, to mark the size of the growing baby. Read More »

Untying the Knot of Human Heart Formation: Your Heart is a Double Helix Spiral, Unfolds Along Embryo Heart Folding Patterns

Untying the Knot of Human Heart Formation: Your Heart is a Double Helix Spiral, Unfolds Along Embryo Heart Folding Patterns

Interesting Discoveries about the Anatomy of the Human Heart Embryonic Heart Folding Patterns Written & illustrated by Laura Maaske, MSc.BMC, Medical Illustrator & Medical Animator| e-Textbook Design   The heart is, ?an arrangement so unusual and perplexing, that it has long been considered as forming a kind of Gordian knot in Anatomy. Of the complexity ... Read More »

Organelles: Components of the Human Cell

Organelles: Components of the Human Cell

  Today is my 20th anniversary as Laura Maaske – Medimagery LLC. I am grateful to a career and clients who have allowed me to be curious every day, and to render that curiosity in a way (I hope) to make complicated ideas just a little clearer and easier to understand. I celebrate this special ... Read More »

Medical Illustration of the Eye: Cataracts

Medical Illustration of the Eye: Cataracts

Human Vision: Cataract of the Eye Number of Americans age 40 and older who are affected by Cataracts 20.5 million Percent of Americans age 80 and older who have Cataracts 50 % Annual amount spent by the federal government to treat cataracts through Medicare $3.4 billion Average cost of cataract surgery per eye $3,279 Number of Americans ... Read More »

Making Complex Scientific Information Simple & Beautiful?

Making Complex Scientific Information Simple & Beautiful?

I made this clip, for fun, to explain my work as a medical illustrator. I hope you enjoy it!…         Laura Maaske – Medimagery LLC has 20 years of experience making medicine beautiful and understandable. I’ve always loved expressing complicated concepts and seeking the beauty of natural forms. _____________________________________ This is the ... Read More »

Illustrated Human Skeleton

Illustrated Human Skeleton

This is a medical illustration drawing of the human skeleton. The human skeleton has two major components: the axial skeleton and the appendicular skeleton. The axial skeleton creates the upright stature of the human body, transmitting weight to the other regions of the body. It includes the vertebral column, the rib cage and sternum, and the skull. The appendicular skeleton includes the pelvis, the arms, and the legs. Its function is to protect the organs and to support movement of the body. Read More »

Illustrated Inflammation & Pathology of Acne | Acne Development Illustrations

Illustrated Inflammation & Pathology of Acne | Acne Development Illustrations

Light Acne © 2015 Galderma. Illustrated by Laura Maaske   Acne Illustrations Written and illustrated by Laura Maaske, MSc.BMC, Medical Illustrator & Medical Animator   Acne vulgaris, simply known asacne, is a progressive skin disease in which the sebaceous glands of hair follicles are clogged with oil from the skin (sebum) and dead skin cells. It is diagnosed ... Read More »

Personal Photographic Explorations

Personal Photographic Explorations

Written and illustrated by Laura Maaske, MSc.BMC, Medical Illustrator & Medical Animator ?Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.? ? Albert Einstein It may seem disjointed to combine with my work as a medical illustrator on this site with my personal photography. However, what patterns I see and explore in nature are ... Read More »

Gastric Surgery Illustrations: Laparoscopic Intra-Gastric Resection for Submucosal Proximal Gastric Tumor

Gastric Surgery Illustrations: Laparoscopic Intra-Gastric Resection for Submucosal Proximal Gastric Tumor

Surgical Gastric Illustration Series: Procedure Illustrations Written and illustrated by Laura Maaske, MSc.BMC, Medical Illustrator I drew the surgical illustrations below to reveal a specific technique for a surgical resection procedure to remove a stomach tumor. The procedure is a Laparoscopic Intra-Gastric Resection for Submucosal Proximal Gastric Tumor. My illustrations reflect the particular surgical approach taken by Dr. ... Read More »

Illustrating the Lateral Approach to the Left Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy

Illustrating the Lateral Approach to the Left Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy

The Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove both solid and cystic tumors from the distal pancreas. Tumors of this type to this area of the pancreas usually affect middle-aged adult women. Surgeons aim to preserve as many of the critical splenic and pancreatic vessels as possible. Careful effort is made to preserve the surrounding tissues. This way, the blood supply to vital pancreatic tissues is not disturbed. The procedure is performed laparoscopically as this is less invasive than an open surgical technique, and offers a more cosmetic impact. Read More »

An Illustrated Ovarian Transposition: Oophoropexy

An Illustrated Ovarian Transposition: Oophoropexy

I created this surgical illustration series on the oophoropexy, or ovarian transposition. This is a surgery in which a woman's ovary is moved to a different part of her abdomen so that radiation can be safely performed. Later in her life, the surgeon may move the ovary back to its proper position, giving the woman a better chance to become pregnant. Read More »

Changing Trees to Bamboo

Changing Trees to Bamboo

The Chinese language builds like bamboo, held in lines by knots and short, strong segments. ?Learn to change trees to bamboo and bamboo to trees?, the author suggested. Read More »

An Alphabet for Grasses: Making Complex Simple with Chinese Brush Painting

An Alphabet for Grasses: Making Complex Simple with Chinese Brush Painting

The Aleph is the first stroke of the universe. Back before I stumbled upon a ?first stroke? of my own, I thought of the Aleph as a tree. It was like the solid base of a trunk: the source. This is not wrong. But then, I found a new way to see it. Drawing letters, playing with curves, might allow you to explore the strokes you like best and choose from among them. Certain strokes do hold more than others. which is what I learned painting these grasses ?a magical idea. Read More »

Medical Illustration Gallery

Medical Illustration Gallery

Here are just a few of the medical illustrations I've prepared for clients. Feel free to contact me with any questions about the illustrations or about pricing. Read More »

Sweet April Pond Songs

Sweet April Pond Songs

This is my favorite time of year, because of the frog chorus. I can walk out my back door and explore the ponds and woods with my daughters. The air is cool and full of new growth, and there isn't the heaviness of mosquito clouds that will be surrounding us in another month or two. Read More »

The Mystery of Wrinkled Icicles: Solved

The Mystery of Wrinkled Icicles: Solved

It's still cold here in the Midwest and not yet through our arctic winter, but with all the cold has come this beautiful array of icicles not yet melting. I have just learned that icicles are smooth if they are made from distilled water. And they are rippled if the water has minerals and salts. This rippling, in fact, occurs at the same wavelength, world over. Nobody claims to know why the wavelength is the same, or even how why the ripples form as a result of the impurities. Read More »

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