Meet the Masters: Mieke Roth

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The Sketchfab Masters are a group of super passionate and active community members. They are helping us run community activities, write tutorials, and help out community members with support and feedback.

Today, we’re introducing scientific illustrator and early Sketchfab adopter Mieke Roth.

Hello Mieke, can you introduce yourself?

I am Mieke Roth from the Netherlands, scientific illustrator gone 3D. Since 2004 I have worked for universities, research institutes, governmental institutes, and other science-related organizations. I have a background in Animal Sciences (Wageningen University) and my last regular job before this was as an Information Architect at ABN AMRO.

I began in traditional media but quickly made the jump to digital, at first mostly by using Photoshop and 3ds Max. The models I made in 3ds Max were no more than a sort of sketch on top of which I drew the final image in Photoshop. I had ZBrush since 2006, but when I started using Blender in 2010, my 3D skills really grew exponentially. I keep adding to my repertoire of 3D skills and right now I want to master all things Substance.

I run my own business at

What is your expertise?

Although I aim as high as I can visually, I am a scientific visualizer first and foremost. So my expertise lies in making complex scientific subjects and research visible in an attractive and beautiful way. I specialize in the hard sciences and do a lot of technical stuff and things related to biology. One of my selling points is that I am good at interpreting scientific papers and can come up with effective visual solutions for the communication of complex subjects.

Besides that, I am specializing in animal anatomy.

How do you use Sketchfab?

I first started to use Sketchfab as a portfolio for my 3D stuff, but now I am mainly using it as a base for my applications. I can’t imagine living without Sketchfab anymore.

What will you be working on for the Sketchfab Masters?

I am the #SciArt (Scientific Art) ambassador within the Sketchfab Masters group, mainly regarding modeling (there are also some great Masters that are specialized in scanning!). I will be working on getting Sketchfab used as the tool to communicate scientific subjects on every level. And I will try to recognize the people within the Sketchfab community who are working on scientific models or subjects.


About the author

Mieke Roth, MSc.

I am Mieke Roth, MSc., from the Netherlands, scientific illustrator since 2004 for universities, research institutes, governmental institutes, and other science-related organizations. I am mainly working in 3D, making (animated) apps with the use of Sketchfab, Blender, and ZBrush. I am a Sketchfab Master.


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