Custom Chemical Graphics

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Welcome to Paul Thiessen's Custom Chemical Graphics website. If you need custom molecular images, presentation-quality pictures, artistic chemical creations, or animations, you're in the right place!

I can create all these things and more:

I am an organic chemist who wrote his own software (called PovChem) to create high quality chemical pictures. The popularity of the images in my DNA image gallery and the many requests I've had for the use of those pictures and the creation of new ones has prompted me to set up this site. Please look through the sample images I have here, to get an idea of the sorts of things I could create for you!

However, due to circumstances beyond my control, I am unable to accept jobs right now. Please check again in August, I hope to be back in business by then. I apologize for the inconvenience.

I work on an individual contract basis. Pricing varies with the complexity of the image, the image size, number of frames (for animations), etc. But most jobs are in the range of $200 to $400. If you describe to me more specifically what you need, I will of course give you a more accurate quote. For a rush job, I can usually provide a finished image within two days, often sooner.

Please note that I usually deal in electronic images. In other words, I send you the image file itself, and you can put these directly on your web site, or give them to your layout and printing people to incorporate into brochures, advertisements, posters, or whatever project you're working on.


Sample Images

These samples are intended to show you the range, both chemical and artistic, of the work I do. They are by no means the only sorts of things I can do! Just tell me what you're looking for and I will tell you if it's possible. I try to be artistic as well as chemically accurate, and will work with you to create an image that's as close to your imagined ideal as possible. And if you've ever been frustrated with an artist who doesn't understand the chemistry being presented, then let me help you! I have a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, so I know how to create effective pictures for scientific illustrations in journals, presentations, posters, chemical advertisements, etc.

There are more samples in my PovChem and DNA image gallery pages, so feel free to browse those as well. Also, please understand that my pictures on all these pages are protected by copyright law; I do sell rights to use these picture for commercial purposes - contact me if you're interested.

This is a model of Cyclosporin A, important in the pharmaceutical industry. Notice especially that I can show hydrogen bonds - something hard to find anywhere else. This image was created with a metallic finish.

This is a basic plastic CPK (space-filling) model of DNA against a polished stone background. The shadows nicely accentuate the three-dimensional structure of the helix.

This is a more scientific style illustration, showing an expanded segment of a longer DNA helix. It's a good example of a larger molecule, and in fact, the helix on the left was once printed out on a poster a foot wide and eight feet tall!

Here's the currently very popular Buckyball, done in highly polished silver and gold. Look closely at the spheres and you can see the reflection of the rest of the structure in each atom.

This example shows some of the beautiful effects possible with some tricks of lighting and background.

This is a link to a slightly larger image, a reproduction of the cover of the Feb 23, 1996 issue of Science magazine, which was my artwork. The magazine also featured, of course, some of the chemistry of my former research group.

These are some more artistic images I created just for fun. As you can see, just about anything is possible! With a little imagination we can create some really eye-catching pieces.

I hope you've enjoyed looking through this site.


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