Indianapolis-based Medical illustrator, Jared Travnicek takes us through each step of his process for creating a medical illustration. This medical illustration shows the clipping of a posterior inferior cerebellar artery aneurysm. Note that he mentions “after revisions” a couple of times throughout the video. Medical illustration is all about research and checking accuracy. This often happens through the review of a medical professional, either the surgeon performing the operation or an anatomist. While anyone can in theory draw anatomy, it takes a medical illustrator to draw it accurately. Using a medical illustrator cuts down on the back and forth of these revisions.
Jared takes us through the following steps in hyperspeed:
- The initial discussion revolves around the basic goals and general approach for the procedure.
- Next we go through each step in detail, using microsurgical videos for source material.
- Then I begin my rough sketches…
- After some revision, the final sketch is scanned into the computer and I begin to render.
Jared wrote a series of articles on medical illustration, including an interview with me back in 2012, for Fortnight Journal. They are wonderfully written and informative. Take a read through each!
A Scientist Renders: Dorcas Hager Padget Bridged Science & Art
The Drawn Body: Medical Illustrator Jared Tells the Story of His Craft
The Future: Jared Interviews His Colleagues on the Future of Medical Illustration
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