Mandy Root-Thompson

Owner, MedDrawStudio LLC

Anatomical Planes
and Terminology

One of my Draw Along Anatomy lessons – Anatomical Planes and Terminology. 

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

Teaching Biomedical Illustration at the Columbus College of Art and Design. The students are learning how to mount an entomological specimen for drawing.

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 medical 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.


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The Columbus College of Art & Design is a private college of art and design located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879 as the Columbus Art School, CCAD is one of the oldest private art and design colleges in the United States.
The Association of Medical Illustrators is a global community that promotes the power of visual media to advance scientific understanding, communication, education, and research.
The Graphic Artists Guild primary purpose is to help our members build successful careers by equipping them with the skills and support needed to compete more effectively in an ever-changing field.
The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators is a nonprofit organization founded to provide opportunities to meet, share ideas, and spread the knowledge of visual science techniques.