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Your work is amazing mate :) The amount of effort and care really comes across. Thank you for making the cells and the planets far more easy to understand. Please keep it up, you're enlightening so many people to the complex universe we live in. Drjonesgp (talk) 16:14, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

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Wow. I was impressed when I saw File:Animal Cell.svg, then I looked through your user page and your portfolio and saw your amazing work — and that it's all CC0-licensed. Wow. Thank you. — OwenBlacker (talk) 23:41, 28 December 2015 (UTC)

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Gracias por tu trabajo Ortisa (talk) 16:59, 26 January 2016 (UTC)


I think there is a mispelling on your diagram of the atmosphere. "Noctilucent" is spelled as "noctiluscent". Qwed117 (talk) 19:54, 13 March 2016 (UTC)

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These vector illustrations are simply delicious! Jamadagni (talk) 09:03, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

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thank you! Whirlpool4 (talk) 03:04, 28 April 2016 (UTC)

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Thank you for your amazing diagrams, they really helped me understand scientific concepts! Can't wait to see more diagrams, especially molecular biology and genetics. Your diagrams are wonderful! Fzxgao (talk) 15:36, 15 May 2016 (UTC)

Hurricane DiagramEdit

The labeling concerning rotation of the wonderful cyclone graphic is correct per your "from below" perspective, but sorry, I'm 59 years old and low pressure systems in the northern hemisphere my whole life have been described as rotating counter-clockwise. Standing within hurricanes many times as I did growing up in south FL the rotation direction at the ground was not that noticeable. Satellite images and aircraft images from above storms clearly show the rotation direction and must be the reason why the counter-clockwise denoted spin is spoken of as such. Sorry, but the choice to label the rotation clockwise on the wonderful graphic just causes confusion IMHO. The arrow in your graphic from the perspective of the viewer is counter-clockwise and thus is contrary to the current text label. Do you think the image would have withstood FP review had the text said the storm rotation was counter-clockwise? I'm not a scientist, however I relish logic and clarity. The graphic is amazing...except the single text label I find sadly spoils its ability to be as educational as it could be. To leave it as "clockwise", consider adding "when viewed from below". Thank-you for your attention and consideration! Kind Regards, Ed S. Sept. 6, 2017 12:44 AM ET —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 04:45, 6 September 2017 (UTC)

Hi Kelvin, writing in regards to It's been pointed out that the graphic labels rotation as clockwise. However, the circulation at low-levels in an NH TC is counter-clockwise (at upper-levels, the anticyclone above it will relate clockwise). You've shown all this with the arrows correctly, and the graphic is perfect, except your labeling at the bottom left of the figure. Any chance you could change that? Thanks a lot :-) JeopardyTempest (talk) 10:24, 22 May 2016 (UTC)

@JeopardyTempest: The labeling is correct, the storm rotates counterclockwise from below, but clockwise from above. The red circular arrow is traveling in the correct direction. This was brought up when the picture stood FP review.—Kelvinsong talk 19:23, 25 May 2016 (UTC)
You know, I can actually see what you're saying I believe... you're saying if you look up in the sky at it, it rotates clockwise above you from your perspective? A unique way of looking at it... 15 years of meteorology, can't say I've ever heard it described that way... though honestly I KNOW I actually struggled with quite a few ideas\equations for a while in college because of exactly this. I wonder if it's some kind of education perpetuation... or based upon dominant experiences... or brain weighting... or self image or who knows what that some people are most comfortable one way while others are the opposite.
Definitely can still be seen as a perplexing way of putting it... it would be like me telling you that you've raised your left hand when you put up what you see as your right... perspective is sure a peculiar thing. I'd say that your figure sits contrary to the way science has chosen to define the right hand rule. But honestly we all say things like "the sun rises"... and scientists still debate the "ficticious" quality of Coriolis and centripetal\centrifugal forces... so what's in word at all when it comes to perspective differences like this? I just wouldn't be too surprised if you end up with some more meteorologists (or just regular folk) stopping on by to ask again. But shan't be a problem here. Thanks for helping me understand your thinking :-) JeopardyTempest (talk) 07:52, 26 May 2016 (UTC)

'Noctilucent' instead of 'noctiluscent'?Edit

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On translating your illustrations into zh_twEdit

Hello, I am currently an undergraduate major in medicine in Taiwan. I would love to help you on translating your cell organelle diagrams into Chinese(Traditional). May I have your consent to do so? How should I upload the translated version into the collection? May I substitute your proprietary(I presume?) font for Noto Sans?

Thanks for your response.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Tom282f3 (talk • contribs) 18:06, 13 November 2016 (UTC)
Translations should be uploaded and categorized the same way as any other Commons contribution, just make sure to add it to the translations template for ease of access. Substituting the font is fine.—Kelvinsong talk 21:09, 13 November 2016 (UTC)

Cartogram at "Electoral College (United States)"Edit


I hope I'm going about this the right way. I have made a note in the Talk page for the Wikipedia article "Electoral College (United States)" that might be of interest to you. I don't mean to be antagonistic in the least, just wanted to raise a point about it (and actually about the political map above it as well), mostly about the captions or legends rather than the maps per se. Cordially,

NicholasNotabene (talk) 15:42, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

Small error in the chloroplast cycle imageEdit

Hi Kelvin, I just noticed a small error in your picture for the chloroplast cycle ( In the lower right you switched the labels of outer and inner membrane. Just a small error but you had me confused there for a second.

greetings —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:19, 17 November 2016 (UTC)

  Done Wow, you are right! I’ve corrected the picture, thanks for the catch! don’t know how that went unnoticed for 3 years…—Kelvinsong talk 18:39, 17 November 2016 (UTC)

Just seeEdit

I have made a number of new illustrations, including some I now wish deleted. Come see! I owe rather more than you realize to your instruction, for which I remain forever grateful! (still... not a fucking barnstar in sight. aint that the way of it). KDS4444 (talk) 10:54, 21 November 2016 (UTC)

wait why are you trying to delete them lmao—Kelvinsong talk 01:57, 22 November 2016 (UTC)
You know how when you see an article with a photo in the lead, and you know you could make a better diagram that would point out all the good stuff, and you spend (more like "shoot") a few days coming up with something pretty neat looking, and you add it to the article, and someone comes along and removes it and puts the cruddy photo back? And you talk to that person and they tell you that they liked the photo better just 'cause? So you open up an RfC to get feedback from other editors and at first they seem to be supporting the diagram but then the balance tips against it and the reasonings are thing like "It's too cluttered" or "I wasn't sure what it was until I read the caption" but any idiot would know exactly what it was? And this is the only article for which that diagram would have been relevant, so without it there's no wikiproject anywhere that will be using it? Which means it shouldn't be retained for the sake of retention? And people are such fools? That's why deleted. Also, I am a little bitter. But that's me! KDS4444 (talk) 03:11, 22 November 2016 (UTC)
Dude that happened to me a lot I remember. some people on EN can be territorial and very conservative towards changes on “their” articles, don’t take it personally. && like as for the RfCs, they generally have good suggestions and you’d do well to listen a little and try to improve the diagram instead of deleting it uk? && when people say that a diagram is cluttered what that usually means is you didn’t use enough distinction on the “main” contours of the picture and not enough hierarchy in the labeling.
ps, i saw you are trying to get rid of File:Blausen 0864 ToothDecay.svg, I read the RfC and i think most of the editors were on your side, and wikimedia projects in general have a sort of tenth-man culture where people will take the opposing viewpoint just for the sake of diversity of thought. You shouldn’t get offended when someone takes the other side in these things, that’s the whole point of having requests for comment. btw the “readability” of the tooth could be greatly improved just by bumping up the font size a little and using a brighter color for the tooth and darker for the rest—Kelvinsong talk 01:19, 23 November 2016 (UTC)

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Thank YouEdit

Your graphics are so beautiful I literally cried. They are so aesthetic and clear. How can I learn this kind of art? GiveMeYourKnowledge (talk) 01:37, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

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One of the best illustrators I've seen on Wikipedia! Your illustrations are aesthetically pleasing while still being very visually informative. Simply awesome work! :) Gargamol2000 (talk) 23:09, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

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Serbian translationEdit

Hi Kelvin, I would like to translate cell organelle graphics in Serbian, how should I do so? Do You agree with translating your work?

Yes, all diagrams may be freely translated so long as the translations are released under the correct license —Kelvinsong talk 17:13, 27 February 2017 (UTC)

permission to use blood vessels diagram?Edit

Hi Kelvin,

I love your work - nice clear diagrams; much appreciation. Your pic of blood vessels showing the capillary exchange between arteries and veins is the best I've found on the internet. I would love to get your permission to use it in a science course for a charity college. Not-for-profit, I do it as a volunteer and don't get paid.

If you need my email, please let me know.

thank you,


— Preceding unsigned comment added by Dianabyron (talk • contribs) 03:32, 29 April 2017 (UTC)
See COM:REUSEKelvinsong talk 17:49, 30 April 2017 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

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Great work! Deserves lots of stars... Dianabyron (talk) 03:37, 29 April 2017 (UTC)
Thank you!!! —Kelvinsong talk 17:49, 30 April 2017 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

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Hey, I am a student who just ran into your contributions to the work on some of the biology pages. I just wanted to send appreciation your way. If your up for talking I am very interested in what got you into do this kind of work. 7jameslondon (talk) 19:57, 3 July 2017 (UTC)
Thank you! —Kelvin13 talk 16:50, 6 July 2017 (UTC)

Heads and brick walls...Edit

Kelvin, I am at my wits' end here— Thoughts? KDS4444 (talk) 07:42, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

LOL sorry i’m late, congrats on the FP! —Kelvin13 talk 04:19, 23 July 2017 (UTC)
I'd call you a "Bastard!" but since the FP nomination flew (and at last!), all I can say now is, "Thank you!" Kelvin, have been and remain a sounding board for me and my SVG experiences, and I continue to notice and admire your work when ever I come upon it, which is more often than I would have thought, given how big the whole world is and how small we are in it. And I might be alittledrunkbecauseitslateincaliforniabutthankyouKelvin!!! KDS4444 (talk) 09:44, 23 July 2017 (UTC)
And not "butt thank" ("butt-thank") but "but thank", which when you write it together as one word comes out as "butthank", which looks like "butt-thank", which is not what I mean, but, well... Maybe you know what I mean. I need to go to bed now. KDS4444 (talk) 09:47, 23 July 2017 (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHAHA —Kelvin13 talk 15:34, 23 July 2017 (UTC)

Translating to other languageEdit

Hi! First, I really like your illustrations! It's so simple and very clear.

Okay, move on. I'm interested in translating to other language (bahasa Indonesia). Any guide on how to translate (especially on fonts) and how to name file when uploading?

S Rifqi (talk) 11:09, 6 August 2017 (UTC)

Almost all of my images contain an invisible text layer which lives on top of the entire document. This layer is usually called Text. This layer is baked into a visible outline layer usually called Text display. To edit the text, delete the display layer and edit the text layer, and create a new outlined display layer (with Text to Paths) before you make the text layer invisible again and save the file. All of the text objects should be aligned correctly so all you have to do is replace the words. You will also need a copy of the Neue Frutiger font family, or a metric-compatible font. Frutiger is not free, I’ve been meaning to convert all my images to use an open source font, as many of them were created before we had great open source sans serif families available, but this hasn’t been a priority.
PS, you may want to take a look at User:Kelvin13/StandardizationKelvin13 talk 21:35, 6 August 2017 (UTC)

File:Jupiter diagram.svgEdit

The atmosphere of Jupiter lacks a clear lower boundary and gradually transitions into the liquid interior of the planet. Could you please modify File:Jupiter diagram.svg to show smooth transition of the interior of Jupiter, except maybe at the surface of the solid core. Thank you very muchTttrung (talk) 03:56, 4 September 2017 (UTC)

I think this was brought up when the diagram was first created; the reasoning is that there is still a fairly ‘agreed upon’ fuzzy boundary, just like we have a boundary for the troposphere of earth, even though it can vary by miles. —Kelvin13 talk 01:45, 6 September 2017 (UTC)

Hurricane Northern Hemisphere, illustrationEdit

Hi, text says clockwise, but arrow shows counter-clockwise (which I think is correct.) Outflow arrow is clockwise, but why would outflow be opposite to rest of storm? (Might be, but I couldn't explain it.) —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 04:57, 10 September 2017 (UTC)

Agreed, diagram clearly shows counter-clockwise rotation, which is definitely the case with northern hemisphere hurricanes. Previous versions of the file correctly identified it as counter-clockwise. I believe the edit history indicates that the text layer is editable, so I hope it's an easy fix! P Aculeius (talk) 04:08, 13 September 2017 (UTC)

I don’t remember why it was changed originally but since you’re like the fourth person to ask about this i’ve changed it back to say “counterclockwise” —Kelvin13 talk 05:14, 13 September 2017 (UTC)

Earth diagramEdit

Hey there, Kelvin! I just came across another of your amazing planetary drawings in the article on "mantle (geology)". I don't know if you thought much about the association between labels and the thing they are labeling (how could you not?) but as I looked at the diagram I found myself confused by a few things that I wanted to point out to you (I could just go ahead and modify the diagram myself, of course, but that seems terribly presumptuous). From the top of the image down, then:

1.) The first thing I noticed was that the line for the "rigid mantle" extends into that structure by such a tiny margin that anyone seeing it within the article I just mentioned would be pretty unlikely to notice it— in other words, I can't tell (from the thumbnail diagram) exactly what the "rigid mantle" refers to here unless I click on it and open it up (which is a step that many viewers of the article won't bother to do, I am guessing).

2.) Some of the letters on the right hand edge of the words "basaltic" and "granitic", which are white, become kind of hard to read at the end because they are located over parts of the earth that are also largely white.

3.) I am still not 100% sure what the words "stiffer mantle" refer to, because there is no line between it and a specific part of the diagram and because the word itself, runs across at least three distinct layers of the diagram.

4.) Because of the realistic way you have shown the surface of the earth, I cannot tell what the line for "Continent" connects to— obviously I know what a continent is, but this diagram doesn't look like it confirms or refutes my own understanding because the swirling cloud cover makes this difficult to distinguish.

5.) backing up a bit, I only just noticed that there is a line from the "crust" section to an actual layer on the planet— this line is so thin and subtle that I did not know it was there until I looked very carefully at the image on Commons, and I reader of a Wikipedia article will probably never be able to see this line.

6.) The line for "atmosphere" seems to point at the surface of the earth, which is a little disorienting.

7.) The line for "hydrosphere" has the same problems that the one for "continent" does— I can't tell from this image what it is referring to because of the cloud layer.

I have some suggestions about how some of these things might be fixed, but I don't want to presume to know how you might fix them yourself (if you are at all interested in doing so... I know that once I finish a drawing, I often feel like "That one is now done! Wshew!" and the last thing I want to do is go back over it and make half a dozen small changes to it at the behest of some other editor). But please do consider them, as I think they might make this a better, more useful drawing. THANKS! KDS4444 (talk) 03:37, 29 September 2017 (UTC)

The earth picture is now how I would have drawn it now, it’s very old. If it was drawn later I probably would have made it look more like File:Return of the moon diagram.svg. Maybe I’ll redraw it someday.—Kelvin13 talk 15:59, 29 September 2017 (UTC)

Position of aurora in graphicEdit

Hello, Kelvin13, I notice that your very nice graphic: [2] shows the position of the aurora at different altitudes depending on whether or not the graphic is in English (or Spanish or French). Is this something you can fix? Thanks, Attic Salt (talk) 13:47, 5 November 2017 (UTC)

I looked through the history of the file and it looks like I raised the auroras on purpose in 2015, but i don’t remember what the reason for it was. I’m tempted to change the es and fr versions of the picture to match, but I don’t know why the english version was changed to begin with…—Kelvin13 talk 19:39, 5 November 2017 (UTC)

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Permission to use Ganymede, Europa, Callisto and Titan imagesEdit

Hi Kelvin13, I really like your illustrations of the moons of our Solar System (and everything else that you do by the way). Great work.

I am currently writing a book on planetary objects within our Solar System for a publisher in America and want to know if I would be able to use your illustrations of Ganymede, Callisto, Europa and Titan to illustrate the current models we have of these moons' interior. I would of course list your name under each illustrations.

Let me know how you want to proceed - I can give you my email if you want to discuss this directly with me. Many thanks.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Redmars99 (talk • contribs) 11:49, 15 January 2018 (UTC)
The images contain all of the licensing information on their respective pages. Please refer to Commons:REUSEKelvin13 talk 18:25, 31 January 2018 (UTC)

Oh wowEdit

Thanks for the many gorgeous and useful illustrations! So many other illustrations are gorgeous too but useless or useful too but butt-ugly! Well done Sir, and keep up the great work! --Palosirkka (talk) 13:24, 2 January 2019 (UTC)

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