Animal Subjects

Illustrations categorized here are animal related illustrations created in realistic style. This type of the traditional science illustration requires a rigorous accuracy in details.

Most of illustrations that I produced here took much time in research before drawing. It usually started from physically studying the specimens at a museum or a university.

Magnuviator ovimonsensis

January 2017

Magnuviator ovimonsensis is the oldest found iguanian in the America. This illustration was used for a blog of Scientific American and a press release of University of Washington. 

Owstonia Fish

August 2016

Those fish illustrations were created for Dr. Johnson at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. The study was published in November 2016 at Zootaxa. 

Didelphodon vorax

December 2016

Didelphodon vorax is one of the largest North American Late Cretaceous mammals so far discovered. This illustration was used for a press release of the Burke Museum and of the University of Washington. 

Talpanas lippa

July 2016

Talpanas lippa is an extinct species of duck, so called "mole duck" discovered in Hawaii. This illustration plate was created for Dr. James at the Smithsonian Institution Natural Museum of Natural History. This was used for North American Ornithological Conference and other conferences. 

Dominican New Species

March 2016

Those beetle illustrations were used for the Project of Beetle Taxonomy and Systematics Supporting U.S. Agriculture, Arboriculture and Biological Control, Systematic Entomology, United States Department of Agriculture and Smithsonian Institution.

The research paper was later published in the Journal of Insect Biodiversity in 2020. 

Adélie Penguin and Gentoo Penguin 

 November 2015

This illustration plate is to show a physical difference between Adélie penguin and Gentoo penguin with a comparison with a human. It was used for the Living Bird magazine published by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 

Alphadon, Cimexomys and Didelphodon

January 2019

Those three reconstructed mammals are going to used as permanent exhibition graphics in the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture which will reopen in October 2019. See UW news. 

Reconstruction of

12 Human-related species 

2013 - 2015

This project is to create visual reconstruction for 10 extinct hominin species and 2 extant species, approved as a Master project for the Anthropology Department, University of Washington. 

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