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 »

Visions of the Prenatal Development: Human Embryo & Fetal Illustrations

Visions of the Prenatal Development: Human Embryo & Fetal Illustrations

The 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Another Artist Seeking Patterns in Nature?

Another Artist Seeking Patterns in Nature?

A Momentary Break from Medical Illustration   “Beauty and seduction are natures tools of survival.” -Louie Schwartzberg   Written by Laura Maaske, MSc.BMC, Medical Illustrator & Medical Animator   Louie Schwartzberg is an filming artist who captures patterns. Because I spend time in nature, photographing the patterns I see, I have loved his high and slow-motion time-lapse photography, ... 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 »

Flipping the Medical School Classroom

Flipping the Medical School Classroom

The high-tech future of medical education Written & illustrated by Laura Maaske, MSc.BMC, Medical Illustrator & Medical Animator| e-Textbook Design Was your medical training all you had hoped it to be? Did you learn as much as you expected or knew you could? Was learning effective, efficient, and fun? Technology is changing the practice of ... Read More »

Happy to be on Board: Designing Medicine

Happy to be on Board: Designing Medicine

Written and Published by medmonthly magazine on August 30, 2013 in Research & Technology http://medmonthly.com/research-technology/med-monthly-welcomes-laura-maaske-as-a-staff-illustrator-writer-and-journalist/#! This month Med Monthly welcomes Laura Maaske on board as a staff illustrator, writer and journalist. She will be supplying an article or illustration each month dealing with ground breaking health care advances and state-of-the-art medical images. She has been a regular contributor, with ... Read More »

My Most Popular Medical Illustration
Wandering Outwardly on a Fractal

Wandering Outwardly on a Fractal

Implications of Fractals Written & Illustrated by Laura Maaske, MSc.BMC, Medical Illustrator & Medical Animator| e-Textbook Designer     I was thinking about this quote: “Primary experiences describe the general shape of not zooming into a fractal, but rather, zooming out of a fractal, with original experiences feeling more distant, yet ever layered into the ... Read More »

Evolving Signs. What Does the Alphabet Mean?

Evolving Signs. What Does the Alphabet Mean?

Written & Painted by Laura Maaske, MSc.BMC, Medical Illustrator & Medical Animator| e-Textbook Designer Earliest Human Impulses to Create an Alphabet   With the weather getting colder, I’ve been taking my daughters to parks a lot less. Recently, as an after-school activity, I talked with my daughters about the alphabet, how each character makes a ... Read More »

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