Alyssa Lee Suzumura
Alyssa grew up in Seattle, WA and developed an interest in the natural sciences at an early age from playing in the garden and reading books about science. She received her B.S. degree in Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation Biology from the UW in 2013 where she focused her studies on invertebrate zoology. She currently works as an invertebrate taxonomist for the UW Department of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences.
Feeding apparatus of the giant anteater
Colored pencil on illustration board
10" x 12"
Having come from an invertebrate zoology background, I knew very little about the anteater going into this project. But through putting together an accurate representation, I had to learn as much as I could about the animal’s anatomy, ecology, and behavior. Of all the subjects I worked on in this class, the anteater was the one that I learned the most about through the illustration process.
Coming from a scientific background, I treat each illustration as a research opportunity to further understand my subjects and revealing new questions that may be asked about form, function, and diversity in the natural world.