Mandy Root-Thompson

Owner, MedDrawStudio LLC

On site in the operating room to illustrate a new pediatric surgical procedure.

Careers in art

Talking to middle school students in Ohio about medical illustration.

At MedDraw Studio I work with medical, legal, and scientific professionals to communicate complex information to a lay audience in the form of patient and consumer education materials and demonstrative exhibits. These illustrations show general anatomy, surgical procedures, injury summaries, mechanism of injury, timelines, and medical imaging interpretation.

With a background in advertising, marketing, education, and biological and anatomical sciences, it is my goal to create a unique solution to each client’s communication needs. I meet personally with each client (by phone, skype, email, or in person), review materials, and come up with a solution created specifically for each project.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in illustration from the Columbus College of Art and Design, a teaching certificate from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am a certified medical illustrator and a member of the Association of Medical Illustrators where I serve on the Artist Rights committee to help protect artist copyright law. I am also a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, the Graphic Artists Guild, and an adjunct instructor of CORE Studio and Medical Illustration at the Columbus College or Art and Design. 

Most of my illustrations are drawn with traditional graphite and are scanned and “painted” in Adobe Photoshop. If you are interested in my work process, check out my blog to see step-by-step overviews of some of my recent work.

Additionally, I work in Adobe Illustrator, Edge Animate, and After Effects. I also have experience with HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript, Autodesk 3DsMax and Mudbox, and Pixologic ZBrush. When I get the chance, I still enjoy the traditional techniques of pen and ink, scratchboard, ink wash, graphite, and 3D modeling.