Brian Christie cardium heart

Stress Woman by Bryan Christie


It’s obvious that there has been a recent trend toward using 3D medical illustration in everything from editorial pieces to television commercials. It’s that real life look and feeling of depth that makes 3D stand apart from regular illustration. Today, medical illustrators are faced with the option to adopt and adapt to the technology capable of producing those lovely 3D images or risk struggling to find work. And I’m not saying that there isn’t a market for traditional medical illustration, it’s just smaller and it’s more likely that the established medical illustrators have claimed the territory.

As a graduate student in UIC’s Biomedical Visualization program, I get to see regular job postings for open positions at numerous companies specializing in medical illustration and animation. Most of the job openings are at 3D medical animation studios and they want people who know how to use 3D software like 3D Studio Max and Maya. They also want people who understand science well, especially molecular biology. The ability to visualize, problem-solve, and storyboard are also important. So, if you’re looking to go into medical illustration you have to be willing to embrace computers and technology. From a business perspective clients want better, cheaper, faster. From a medical illustrator’s perspective, your time is money. So invest in, learn, and use the current technology available to give you that competitive advantage.

And with that, here are few more stunning 3D medical illustrations.

Brian Christie cardium heart

Heart by Bryan Christie

Gary Carlson kidney

Kidney by Gary Carlson