Digital illustrations by Katelyn Weel

  • This is a digital drawing of microorganisms in soil made by Katelyn Weel. The illustration features three amoeboid protozoans of the genus Difflugia along with some bacteria, small protozoa, and fungal hyphae.

    Difflugia

  • This is a digital drawing of microorganisms in soil made by Katelyn Weel. The illustration features a rotifer creating a vortex to feed on bacteria in soil water, along with an amoeba, fungal hyphae, and aggregates of mineral and organic matter in the soil.

    Rotifer

  • This is a digital drawing of microorganisms in soil made by Katelyn Weel. The illustration features a ciliated protozoa of the genus Vorticella consuming bacteria in the soil.

    Vorticella

  • This is a digital drawing of microorganisms in soil made by Katelyn Weel. The illustration features two large ciliate protozoa of the genus Euplotes, and flagellates of the genus Euglena and Anisonema.

    Ciliates

  • This is a digital drawing of microorganisms in soil made by Katelyn Weel. The illustration features an amoeboid protozoa known as a testate amoeba along with some small flagellates and fungal hyphae.

    Testate Amoeba

  • This is a digital drawing of microorganisms in soil made by Katelyn Weel. The illustration features a nematode which has been trapped by a nematophagous fungus on the surface of a plant root.

    Nematode

About the Art

Microorganisms are abstract and alien. I wish we could see protozoa and bacteria in their natural habitats without special tools or preparations, the way we can observe a deer in the forest simply by looking at it. Unfortunately, we can’t just stick our heads or cameras down into the soil to watch the ecosystem at work, so I use my imagination and experience with the microscope to imagine what it might be like if we could. I try to draw soil creatures as they might look if we could shrink ourselves down and meet them face to face.

My digital illustrations are hand drawn using a Wacom Cintiq. I don’t use photo overlays or special tricks to create textures or other effects; everything is done by hand using the Wacom pen. It’s a lot like drawing with ink or coloured pencils, but with a little more flexibility offered by the digital medium.

Soil life illustration - Speed painting

About Me

My name is Katelyn Weel, I’m originally from Ontario, Canada. I studied Environmental Sustainability at Lakehead University in Orillia, where I was fortunate enough to work as a research assistant analyzing protozoa and diatoms in natural freshwater biofilms. I now live in Norway, where my experience in the university lab landed me a job studying soil life in agriculture and helping other people discover the mysterious world of microorganisms. I’m passionate about sustainable agriculture and environmental protection, and I hope that my artwork can help bring people a little bit closer to the invisible and underappreciated world of microbiology that we depend on for so much.

If you’re interested in prints, commissions, if you would like to use my illustrations in a publication or display, or if you have any comments or questions about my work please get in touch! I’d love to hear from you.

Contact: art@protozoaprincess.com

Blog: https://artborean.wordpress.com/

Copyright © Katelyn Weel 2017