Biomedical Art & Design

With a background in traditional and digital illustration as well as anatomy and science, I bring your project to life. I prioritize clarity, accuracy, and beauty in didactic imagery.


It starts with an idea. We brainstorm the project together while I research and present you with a variety of solutions.


After agreement on the project outcomes, I create project assets and design.


With agreement on accuracy and artistic quality, the final project is delivered ready to use.




Stem Cell Orchestra

This animation visualizes the process of growing cardiomyocytes and supporting cells in complex tissue culture.

Pixologic ZBrush, Maxon Cinema 4D, Adobe Photoshop

Created as a part of my Master of Arts Thesis project at Johns Hopkins University for the Grayson Lab for Craniofacial and Orthopaedic Tissue Engineering.



In 2018, Shawna earned her Master of Arts Degree in Medical and Biological Illustration from the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Previously, in 2015 she earned her BS in Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration at Iowa State University.

Shawna has collaborated with a variety of researchers, biologists, engineers and surgeons. She enjoys creating projects that contain engaging storytelling and are rich in detail. Past clients include Grayson Lab for Tissue Engineering, the Johns Hopkins Simulation Center, National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Iowa State University Insect Collection and many more. Shawna specializes in biological and medical illustration, 2D and 3D animation, and design.

Freelance & Creative Studio - Bringing ideas to life

I'm Shawna. Write me a message about collaborative opportunities that explore the intersection of biology, science, medicine, and art.