Illustrating a heart seems to be the right of passage for all aspiring medical illustrators in graduate school. It’s a wonderful exercise in rendering form and achieving a sense of volume using light and shadow. It’s also good practice for rendering those pesky globules of fat.
Jessica Wheat, a second year graduate student in UICâ€™s Biomedical Visualization program, illustrated this lovely heart. Jessica has a very nice loose painterly style present in all of her work. It makes the anatomy seem more organic and fluid. It’s a nice change from some of the highly stylized and ridged anatomical illustrations we see at times.