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Hello!

My name is Mark, and welcome to artsci studios, an independently organized studio that produces visual materials for communicating all things science!

I like teaching with illustration. I love telling stories with illustration. The work I do takes complex and sophisticated scientific ideas and translates them into beautiful and informative visuals that command attention, educate audiences, and leave a lasting impression.

So what are you waiting for? 

Get in touch, and let's tell a great story together!

Currently based in Toronto, Canada

Education

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McMaster

University

B.Sc. Arts and Science

& Biology

2013

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McMaster

University

MSc Geochemistry

& Astrobiology

2015

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University

of Toronto

MSc Biomedical Communications

2017

FAQ About Mark

What is your background in science?

I have always been interested and engaged in the natural world around me, and it has always informed my curiosity, sense of exploration, and the desire to learn. I don't think it comes as a surprise then that I have a fairly rigorous background in science and academia. I completed my undergraduate degree at McMaster University's Arts and Science Program (2009-2013), where I graduated with Combined Honours in Biology and wrote my dissertation on the intersection of Art and Biology. Immediately after I completed a Masters of Science in Geochemistry and Astrobiology (2013-2015), also at McMaster University, working with the NASA AMES Pavilion Lake Research Project and writing my dissertation on isotopic biosignatures in microbialite carbonate (what's that???). I published several papers and illustrations on my work in this field during that time. Afterwards, struck by a lack of visual support in my own education experience, I was inspired to join the industry of scientific visual communication and studied at the University of Toronto's Biomedical Communications Program (2015-2017).

What is your background in art?

From a technical standpoint, I am completely self-trained. I loved drawing ever since I was a child and kept it as a hobby all throughout my life, even during my "wet lab" science career. In my spare time I stay active in my artistic training and play with a variety of creative software and digital platforms. My training in visual communication - art/design theory, visual cognitive processing, and creative strategizing - comes from my time in the MScBMC program at the University of Toronto.

What is it like to work with you?

I'm a big nerd. For me, science is fun and art is more fun. If doing this wasn't fun, it wouldn't be worth doing, and that's what I bring to the table, all throughout the process. You'll sense my enthusiasm and passion very quickly, and I strive to maintain the focus on fun not only for myself, but for my clients and their learners as well. 

How long does it take to produce an artwork?

I take a lot of care to ensure that the messaging and visuals in my artwork are clear, scientifically accurate, and beautiful. This can sometimes be a lengthy process and depends on a variety of factors, mostly surrounding the degrees of complexity in art styles and scientific narratives, as well as the reiterative nature of design and illustrative work. Of course, projects that require larger deliverables (like animations) and/or a larger number of illustrations/graphics can increase a project's production schedule. We will work together to ensure that your project is timely delivered and within scope of visualizing a meaningful and gorgeous scientific story.

How do I connect with you to discuss creating an illustration, animation, or other visuals?

The best way is to submit a request through the 
contact submission form. Responses are generally given within 48 hours.


You can also try reaching out to artsci studios on its social media platforms.

 

Correspondence via the submission form will be prioritized ahead of all other means of communication.

How much are your services?

Pricing is based entirely on a case-by-case basis. Many factors inform how much it will cost to deliver an artwork, for instance: preliminary research, the type, format, dimensions of the artwork, its production and labour, and finally any licensing or additional media costs necessary in its production. artsci studios always provide a free quote before starting any project, so if you're curious, please reach out!

Are any of your artworks available for purchase?

Yes! artsci studios is very proud of its work and honoured that others want to have it in their homes. You can find reproduced prints and other media from artsci studio's portfolio available at the web store here.

 

Is there something that isn't in the web store that you'd like to see? Please contact artsci studios for more information.

Original artworks or sketches should be requested on a personal basis, through the contact submission form.

For information about orders, payment processing, delivery, or other matters regarding the web store, please visit our shop's FAQ.

Can you produce work in other languages?

Yes! While English is our main language output, artsci studios can confidently produce work in Croatian/Serbian and Swedish.

Delivering work in languages other than those mentioned above can be arranged at point of request. Additional fees may apply.

There's a scientific error in one of your pieces.

This happens! If you know of competing evidence or new lines of research that rivals any of the information found on artsci, please write to us and let us know. We are happy to amend the artwork and to learn more about the world around us.

Any artwork sold prior to scientific amendment is not eligible for refund or replacement.