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Schemaic, Cartoon, Logo


A schematic QCD phase diagram (2012)


I would say this is my first official scientific illustration. I created this for Introduction in my PhD dissertation. I tried to show that high energy relativistic heavy ion collisions in LHC and RHIC can reach a phase transition and form Quark-Gluon Plasma.


I participated in the PHENIX experiment at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (NY) in 2004-2010, made a publication in 2011 (Physical Review C 84, 044902(2011)) for the omega meson measurement in the heavy ion collisions, then defended a Doctor in 2012. I did not imagine at all that time that I would become an science illustrator! 


My thesis is in the public PHENIX thesis database:

Chimpanzee and Human Foot (2013)

Frontal and Sagittal Cross-section of Human Sacrum (2014) 


Those anatomical illustrations were done while I was a Anthropology graduate student. X-ray photos and real bone specimen were used for references. Human foot was used in the paper, "Linear and Angular Measurements of the Foot of Modern Humans: A Test of Morton's Foot Types.", Lautzenheiser SG, and Kramer PA, Anatomical Record-Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology 296(10):1526-1533 (2013). Frontal and Sagittal Cross-section of human sacrum were used in the paper “Neural Innervation Patterns in the Sacral Vertebral Body.” S. Degmetich, JF. Bailey, E. Liebenberg, JC. Lotz. European Spine Journal  pp 1-7 (2015).

Conceptual Sketch

A schematic for Modic changes (2015)

This schematic drawing was made for a research paper for the orthopaedic surgery research group at the University of California San Francisco. Since this field was new to me at that time, I needed to do much research to understand the topics before starting visualization. Much iteration were done with the main author, Dr. Dudli and the paper finally got published in European Spine Journal  ("Pathobiology of Modic changes." Dudli S., et al., Eur Spine J (2016)) after two years since we started communication. Congratulations!

Study of Clark's Nutcracker (2015)


This was my study sketch for an acrylic painting of Clark's Nutcracker which was the first project for my Bartels Science Illustration Intern at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Since I did not know well of Clark's Nutcracker, I studied this species and made a sketch on my sketch note, not realizing that this sketch would be used for a publication in future (Living Bird Magazine, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Autumn 2015)).


Living Bird Magazine

The Atlantic Journey of Fall Migrants (2015)


This infographics was used in Living Bird Magazine, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Autumn 2015). The data taken at Bermuda and analysis at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology show that several migratory bird species migrate out over the Atlantic Ocean. Much iterations with ornithologists were done until this graphics got final.

The graphics was also used for a research publication by Frank La Sorte, Daniel Fink, Wes Hochachka, and Steve Kelling in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Graphics in the making (showing the relative size difference among nine birds)

Unusual branching patterns of Gray junglefowl's feather (2016)


This illustration plate was made for a Post Doctoral Fellow who is studying the evolution and development of morphological diversity in feathers at Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. Smithsonian Institution houses and maintains over 640,000 bird specimen and it was wonderful to work in the collection area. After junglefowl, I created plates for waxwing, malkoha, aracari, and bird-of-paradise. All those birds have unusual branching patterns of feathers and it was super interesting to study the real specimen.



The Scientific Process Diagram



The scientific method is usually shown as linear process, although in actuality it is much more fluid. This diagram for school children in the BirdSleuth K-12 program outlines how the process of science works by using bird feeding as an example. 

The poster is included Investigating Evidence, free resources downloadable at

Conceptual Sketch

Marie and Albert (2014)


These characters, Marie and Albert were created for my physicist friend for a use of his Experimental physics class at Goethe University Frankfurt. I grew up with Dragon Ball series and my cartoon style is apparently strongly influenced by Toriyama-sensei.  

Initial Sketch of Marie and Albert. Originally Marie looked younger and Albert looked older, but I was asked to make them look similar age couple.

Sue and Fido (2014)


The mobile messaging platform "Line" started Line Creators Market in 2014, that lets users make and sell their own sticker sets. Since I love bones, I created Sue (Human Skeleton) and Fido (Dog Skeleton) stickers and released them in October 2014 without any advertising. About 2,500 sets were sold in a year in 24 different countries--most were sold in Japan, Taiwan, and Indonesia.

I really enjoyed checking out the status day by day. Thank you Line for providing users to see those analyses.




PEBL Logo (2012)


This logo is for the Primate Evolutionary Biomechanics Lab ( I worked in. I really wanted to put the Gluteal Muscle in the logo since the lab is all about the bipedal locomotion. 


UW Anthropology T-shirts Logo (2015)


Before leaving the University of Washington, I donated my logo design to the Anthropology Department for the "Anthropologists at the University of Washington" t-shirt.

I wanted to feature Denny Hall since it was just before the Denny Hall got a major haul for a remodel. The Denny Hall is the University of Washington's first building built in 1895. I have so much memories in this building.

A model (from SanMar Corp.) wearing the Antrhopology T-shirts

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