This fun, complex, isometric illustration was commissioned by Science Magazine for the cover of their August 29th, 2016 print publication. The image is my very loose interpretation of a person’s gut microbiota. Many factors contribute to the overall health of the microbiota: the bacteria themselves (depicted as either “good” or “bad” in blue and red, respectively), parasitic worms, viruses, food, medications, and our genetics, among other factors. Recent research on the microbiota and how it may be manipulated for better health is highlighted in a special section of the magazine.
Client: AAAS, Science Magazine
This was the original rough sketch for the illustration: