WHAT IS SCIENTIFIC
The most commonly recognized forms of scientific illustration are anatomical and medical illustration, although scientific illustrations are used in almost every field of science! From illustrations of modern surgical procedure to an extinct aquatic lizard that lived over 66 million years ago, illustrations can provide vital information to researchers within their field or as an educational platform for public awareness and understanding.
Scientific illustration is the use of technical and aesthetic illustrations to accurately and easily communicate a scientific subject.
ABOUT JAN KAREN
Jan Karen Campbell
Jan Karen is a scientific illustrator based in the Netherlands and a recent graduate of the Masters of Scientific Illustration program from ZUYD Hogeschool in Maastricht.
Her graduate thesis focused on the historical and present documentation methods of deep-sea octocorals in partnership with Dr. Michelle Taylor from the Department of Zoology at Oxford University.
Her main scientific concentrations are in both zoology and paleontology, and over the past two years she have been working with Natuurhistorisch Museum Maastricht in re-creating scientific illustrations of the Mosasaurus.
Karen is a supremely talented artist. She took to the field of deep-sea biology with ease and interpreted complex biological ideas, making them easier for any reader to understand, and did so using stunning, detailed and accurate illustrations. It was a pleasure to work with her and I hope to do so again in the future.
Dr Michelle Taylor
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher - Deep Sea Ecology
St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford