Digital illustrations by Katelyn Weel
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
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.