My illustration of the mosquito hemostat. A fabulous dissecting tool because it’s blunt so won’t cut through important structures and it easily spreads fascia, tissue, and muscle. (Sounds like a morbid infomercial.) Medical illustrators need to know more than human anatomy. We need to be able to differentiate the many… Read More »Blunt Dissection
Illustrations by Rich Carthew, a graduate student pursuing his Master of Art and Design at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. He’s studying the interplay between anatomical representation and technology from the time of Vesalius to the present. I’m hoping that Rich will contribute some thought provoking posts to Street… Read More »Anatomics by Rich Carthew
This is an illustration of a glomerulus, the main filter of the nephron in the kidney. Medical illustrator, Jim Stanis, created this beautiful image using Photoshop. Jim is a recent graduate of UIC’s Biomedical Visualization program. This is a 2007 AMI Salon entry.
A fascinating exhibition by the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, called Visible Proofs, details the history of forensic medicine and the current trends in technology influencing the field. Visible Proofs “testify on behalf of the victims of violent crime and against the guilty, and console and inspire and amaze… Read More »Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body
“Anatomical Theatre at Leiden was sold as a souvenir at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. The well-dressed men and women touring the dissection hall in this 1610 engraving by W. Swanenburg show that the upper classes of 17th-century Europe were interested in anatomy.” [via Yale] The flags carried… Read More »Interlude: Medical Visual
The dangers of being in medical art and medical education. This article appeared in today’s Chicago Tribune (the major Chicago newspaper) and I couldn’t help but find it slightly amusing because I know that many, if not all, medical illustrators have a few skulls and skeletons in their studios or… Read More »Is that a skull on your coffee table?
For those of you interested in pursuing medical illustration or simply want to do it as a hobby, this is a must-do tutorial by freelance medical illustrator, Mike de la Flor. Mike “guides you step-by-step through the essential concepts of medical illustration. Here he reveals the fundamentals of digital pen… Read More »Medical Illustration Tutorial
Currently the image on my desktop… Artist: Jacques Gamelin (1738-1803) From: Nouveau receuil d’ostologie et de myologie (1779)
Have you ever looked at an anatomy textbook and asked yourself where the specimens for the illustrations originated? We’d like to think that the specimens came from willing donors wanting to give their bodies to science in order to educate future generations. Unfortunately this is not always the case, as… Read More »The Tainted Beauty of The Pernkopf Anatomy Atlas
Gray’s Anatomy has remained an educational icon for anatomy since it was first published in 1858 by Henry Gray. Almost everyone, including those outside of the medical field, know Gray’s Anatomy as the authoritative textbook of human gross anatomy. Today people tend to associate Gray’s Anatomy with the popular TV… Read More »Henry Gray: the man behind anatomy
Felice Frankel, a judge for the Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, and Graham Johnson, a Certified Medical Illustrator, explain the relationship between science and art in this podcast titled “Please Explain: Scientific Visualization.” This is a great discussion on the field of medical and scientific visualization. Topics include, interpreting scientific data… Read More »Scientific Visualization: An Explanation
For those of you interested in pursuing medical illustration as a career this book is for you. It is a fantastic overview of the profession. The book is split into two sections: a history and introduction to medical illustration followed by in depth tutorials in Photoshop and 3d Studio Max.… Read More »The Digital Biomedical Illustration Handbook
With the increase in the number of malpractice and personal injury suits it’s becoming increasingly important to provide adequate visual representation in order to effectively convey medical information to a jury. Can you imagine taking complex medical/clinical information and interpreting it so that a jury with an average high school… Read More »Is that a scalpel in your bowel? An introduction to Medical-Legal Illustration
There is something anatomically incorrect about this color illustration, can you tell what it is? Artist: Jacques Fabian Gautier d’Agoty (1717-1785) Surgeon: Jacques-Francois-Marie Duverney (1661-1748) Trained as a printmaker, Gautier d’Agoty created his illustrations using a technique he helped pioneer, color mezzotinting. Mezzotinting involves making different color impressions using individual… Read More »Interlude: Medical Visual
When I tell any sort of medical professional that I’m going to be a medical illustrator they immediately respond “Oh, like Netter?” Frank Netter may be the most well known medical illustrator, but it was the German artist, Max Brodel (1870-1941), who established the profession in America and is considered… Read More »Introducing the Father of Modern Medical Illustration