Cell Cross Section

Client: AAAS, Science Magazine , 2019

This fun, complex, isometric illustration was commissioned by Science Magazine for the cover of their November 15th, 2019 print publication. My illustration depicts a stylized view of the cell to illustrate that the nucleus exports RNA messages that are translated into proteins (blue) by ribosomes. Proteasomes and lysosomes degrade and recycle internalized, aberrant, or excess proteins. The endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi complex package and sort cargoes for transport to other organelles or for export from the cell. Mitochondria provide power to the rest of the cell. The image was hand-drawn digitally using Photoshop and computer/stylus. An animated version was also done by AAAS designer Nirja Desai.

© 2020 Nigel Sussman Illustration, LLC.

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