Misaki Ouchida (2015)
Misaki is a natural science illustrator from Japan who is curious about the world and how things work. After obtaining her Ph.D. in particle physics from Hiroshima University in Hiroshima, Japan, she transferred to the University of Washington, where she completed a certification in Natural Science Illustration and a Masters of Art in Anthropology concurrently. She realized her calling to become a science illustrator when she noticed that her lecture notebooks contained more illustrations than notes.
Misaki derives great satisfaction from using her artistic abilities to help others understand science through art. Combining her background of paleontology and anatomy with her interest in birds, she worked on several illustrations for Living Bird magazine, the Handbook of Bird Biology, Raptor Guide Book, a poster and website materials.
She is adept at many types of drawing (cartoonish style to realistic) and media (traditional to digital). After competing her internship, she worked as Jane Kim’s painting assistant for the “Wall of Birds” mural project where she greatly enjoyed painting prehistoric creatures.