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I'm not really a visual person and I can't draw worth a damn but for 20-some years I've been building multiple, daily collages to illustrate blog posts, using The Gimp and public domain and CC sources. I don't claim these are great art, but I'm very happy with today's!
How do you illustrate a nasal vaccine?

Jeremy Sutcliffe (modified)……


MathieuMD (modified)…

CC BY-SA 3.0:… 22/ A closeup looking up a gaping pair of nostrils. In each nost
It took me a while to find Jeremy Sutcliffe's trove of CC-licensed, beautifully painted wargame minis, but once I did, the whole thing came together:…
And Wikipedia's MathieuMD has posted *1,852* images to Wikimedia Commons, including the one I used, which also happens to be "the most valued image on Commons within the scope: Nasal polyp." (No, really!)…

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