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About Protein Art

In this blog I would like to share my pictures. They are based on contours of different proteins. I vary and rotate the three-dimensional protein image by means of a special computer software until an interesting shape appears. Subsequently, I color and design the produced snapshot so that the image I saw becomes obvious to the viewer.

My goal is not only to show my drawings. I also attempt to provide you with some information about the different proteins. I prefer to do so in an informal and hopefully humorous way.

From Protein to Art


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  1. petrel41 / Dec 23 2011 3:26 pm

    Hi, thanks for following my blog, and best swishes for your blog!

    • May K. / Jan 3 2012 1:26 pm

      Best wishes for you as well!

  2. Ink Chromatography / Dec 25 2011 4:54 pm

    Hi, this is such an awesome idea! I love it, and look forward to seeing your wonderful art.

    • May K. / Jan 3 2012 12:55 pm

      Thank you so much for your interest!

  3. owen59 / Dec 26 2011 10:45 pm

    Love it. And Love the whole concept.

    • May K. / Jan 3 2012 12:56 pm

      I’m so happy to read this!

  4. zedie / Dec 30 2011 12:52 pm

    thanks for visting my blog
    may i know ur real name,location n work setup.
    my id is
    can i have ur mail id so we can share scientific thoughts.
    ur blog is marvelous.
    i’m chandan from India.
    warm regards n happy new year.

  5. zedie / Dec 30 2011 12:54 pm

    thanks for following my blog.
    if ur on facebook u can find me my my gmail id..or by chandan aryan.
    hope to c u there too.

    • May K. / Jan 3 2012 1:11 pm

      Thank you! Now we can stay in touch via facebook.

  6. Paul Handover / Dec 30 2011 3:52 pm

    Firstly, a big ‘thank you’ for your subscription to Learning from Dogs. You will find it a little different to Protein Art! Which is a very neat idea, by the way. Very innovative.

    • May K. / Jan 3 2012 1:15 pm

      Thank you too for following my blog! And I look forward to learning more about dogs and hence about ourselves.

  7. Love, Art & Fear / Dec 30 2011 7:39 pm

    Hi. I’m now officially following your blog too. This concept of protein art is seriously one of the most original and interesting ideas that i’ve seen in a long time. Thank you for sharing.

  8. viviennemackie / Jan 4 2012 8:21 pm

    Hi May K,
    thanks for taking a look at my blog and I hope you enjoy following it/me. It also gives me the opportunity to know about your blog—what a great idea. I will show it to my husband, who is a research microbiologist and has lots to do with proteins.

    • May K. / Jan 5 2012 11:21 pm

      Thank you for following my blog as well! By the way, I’m open for suggestions, so if you or your husband has his “favorite” protein, I can try to draw it.

  9. anne / Jan 6 2012 3:14 pm

    facinating project – you might like the basket weaving art of Tim Palmer who made installations inspired by cholesterol and synovial fluid from the human body.

    • May K. / Jan 10 2012 7:12 pm

      Thank you for the interesting link!

  10. ombrenelcielo / Jan 7 2012 4:53 pm

    This is really cool 🙂

  11. barb f / Jan 10 2012 8:38 pm

    Thank you for taking time to stop by BackwardsBuddhist part 2. I really enjoy thinking of others actually sharing time with me and my thoughts for the day. Your approach to your art and science is mst interesting. What a great wY to combine two interests, which most would see as too divergent to be shared in one person. It sounds brillantly creative.

    • May K. / Jan 10 2012 10:59 pm

      Thank you too for your interest!

  12. marketaz / Jan 10 2012 9:39 pm

    Love it!! What a great idea!! Each time I now will look at protein structure and do drug docking I will see your art.
    May I use your picture of p53 in a talk to my lab? Ofcourse with the proper acknowledgments and links.
    Hope you will continue…

    • May K. / Jan 10 2012 11:05 pm

      Thank you for your great words! Of course you can use my picture, it would be an honor for me!:)

      • marketaz / Jan 11 2012 3:09 pm

        Thank you!

  13. dangillis / Jan 14 2012 2:51 pm

    This is such an awesome idea! Well done. I’m going to have to pass your blog onto some of the chemistry people that I know.

  14. petrel41 / Jan 26 2012 10:52 am

    Hi May K.,

    Because I think you’re deserving, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can accept your award here:

    If you’ve already received one, just know I think you deserve another! Thank you for what you do.

    • May K. / Jan 31 2012 1:46 pm

      Thank you so much!:)

      • petrel41 / Jan 31 2012 1:49 pm

        You really deserve it, and you are always welcome!

  15. snehratnasingh / Feb 14 2012 5:10 pm

    your drawings are wonderful especially the way of sharing……you are very talented and intelligent, I admire you 🙂

    • May K. / Feb 15 2012 10:33 am

      Thank you, Sneh! Your compliment means a lot for me, as you are yourself an excellent artist!

  16. Rosie Scribblah / Feb 17 2012 10:57 pm

    wow, what a great idea 🙂

    • May K. / Feb 24 2012 12:30 pm

      Thank you, Rosie! It’s so precious to me to be followed by real artists!)

  17. James Iremonger / Mar 22 2012 3:28 pm

    Wow, very cool!

  18. bumbas / Mar 31 2012 6:33 pm

    Wonderful blog. Thank you. I’m not sure how the protein photos are derived yet, but I will keep following.

    • May K. / May 8 2012 2:55 pm

      Thank you, bumbas! Oh, I can try to explain how proteins can be observed:

      The images of proteins are not really photos. Proteins are so small that their structure cannot be seen even through the microscope. One of the most common methods to visualize a protein is to produce a crystal consisting of the protein of interest. Once such a crystal is formed, it can be exposed to X-rays leading to a specific diffraction pattern. From this pattern the three-dimensional structure of the protein can be reconstructed. Thus, the resulting protein image is obtained indirectly. Of course I don’t crystallize and irradiate the proteins I draw by myself. There is a huge data bank for proteins ( where I search for interesting and “beautiful” proteins.:)

      • Bumba / May 8 2012 5:13 pm

        Thank you. I’ll need to read up a lot more, but your blog is a great start, and I’m working on it.

  19. frangipani / Apr 14 2012 5:17 pm

    Hi May,
    I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog award. You can accept, or do nothing, as you wish. It’s up to you 🙂

    • May K. / May 8 2012 3:00 pm

      Wow, thank you so much for this great award!:)))

  20. animalover19 / Apr 21 2012 10:49 am

    Hi, thanks very much for the follow! I love the idea for your blog very much, especially since I have just been on biology camp!

    • May K. / May 8 2012 6:03 pm

      Thank you for your interest!)

  21. Ceramic Art and Design / May 24 2012 7:30 pm

    WOW! Thank you very much for connecting. I am very interested in your work.

    • May K. / May 29 2012 1:21 pm

      Thank you, same to you!

  22. Erin Zimmerman / Sep 7 2012 1:40 pm

    What a cool idea! I’ll have to show this to some of my protein-oriented co-workers.

    • May K. / Sep 11 2012 4:05 pm

      Thank you:), I’m very happy to hear that you liked my idea!

  23. thebookybunhead / Oct 24 2012 11:36 pm

    Cool idea! Also thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

  24. aaforringer / Feb 19 2015 8:46 pm

    Truly a distinct voice on the web. Do not be silent.

    • May K. / Feb 20 2015 5:14 pm

      Thx, will blog more often!)


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