a card for my grandma

November 27th, 2012


November 3rd, 2012


November 1st, 2012

This illustration is going to be part of a larger project about the neuroscience of hallucinations during sleep paralysis and folklore related to these types of hallucinations. The ghost in the picture is called ittan-momen, a spirit that appears in folk tales from Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan. According to some of the sources that I have read ittan-momen is a piece of fabric that gained sentience after 100 years of existence and other sources describe it as a spirit that takes the appearance of a strip of fabric. According to legend ittan-momen floats around on breezes at night and attempts to strangle its victims.

I chose ittan-momen to represent Japanese folklore about sleep paralysis because people who experience sleep paralysis sometimes report a feeling of being strangled during sleep paralysis.

Leishmania mexicana

September 27th, 2012

When the leishmania parasite is phagocytosed by the macrophage it will enter the next stage of its life cycle and multiply.

Bull shark infographic

September 22nd, 2012

The bull shark is one of my favorite animals but I don’t think I would like to meet one while I’m swimming. The illustration was created with Blender and Photoshop the rest was done in Illustrator.











Sickle Cell Anemia

September 5th, 2012

sickle cell from Katherine Arisumi on Vimeo.

Created with After Effects and Blender

AMI Meeting Doodles

August 24th, 2012

meeting attendees

This was the view from my hotel room. If I had drawn a more panoramic view I could have included a strip club.

August 12th, 2012

I can’t wait to get my new computer so that I can continue working on this and do some more work in Blender. The computer I have now is on its last legs and runs very slowly once a model gets complex or once I start painting textures.

Ovarian Dermoid Cyst

August 9th, 2012

sketch from a specimen at Grant’s Anatomy Museum.

digital painting over the sketch

An ovarian dermoid cyst, also known as a teratoma, is a benign tumor that originates in the egg producing cells of the ovary.  These neoplasms can contain hair, teeth, skin, sweat glands, nails, cartilage, sebum, bone, eyes, fat, and thyroid tissue.

The health benefits of relaxation

August 2nd, 2012