We now offer custom art prints (without the watermark!) on a matte finish Epson cold press heavy art paper in various standard-frame print sizes.
Anatomy of Sports Day at the National Museum of Health and Medicine 2015. Group picture of all the participating athletes, illustrators and physical therapists.
It's really not often that you get a request for volunteer medical illustrators. I mean it is rare. So when I got the call for this years Anatomy of Sports Day - I was absolutely on board. This is a great yearly event attended by local area kids and parents. And I get to spend a day in one of my favorite cities, painting outside and hanging out with illustrators, and other anatomy and sports enthusiasts. This year I got to talk to one young attendee who came by because she was interested in a future career in medical illustration.
This year I had a volleyball player. Tech Sgt. Davita Vega of the US Air Force was my fantastic model for the day. Davita has been playing volleyball for twenty years. Not only did she patiently stand still for a couple of hours, but she brought an added dimension to our part of the exhibit by talking about the reconstruction surgery she had to repair her torn rotator cuff (a common volleyball injury). Her shoulder tear was from spending her early years playing with bad form, and that was a great talking point for the physical therapist in our little triumvirate.
Prep sketch. I wanted to concentrate on the mid, upper back, shoulders and upper arms.
The great thing about painting muscles on a person, as opposed to paper or screen, is that you have the real thing right there. You just need to feel for it and you can find all the origins and insertions. And can I mention right here that Davita has some well defined triceps? You could see the whole horse shoe. For real.
DNA Illustrations is starting a newsletter/news blog in 2015 to keep clients we have done business with up to date with our projects, past and present.
It's been had a busy year so far and we hope your year is moving along as well. Thank you for letting us share some of our past projects and letting you know what we are working on now. We will share our updates two to three times a year as new and exciting projects and events happen.
Completed: The following highlights some of our completed project success stories.
Alex worked with art directors to create a new look for their well-respected, monthly obstetrics and gynecology journal. Wanting to stay away from a darker palette, they created a lighter, fresh look incorporating a finished sketch with focal color for emphasis.
Current: We are working on and wrapping up several exciting projects at the moment. We hope to be able to share these illustrations with you later this year.
-illustrations demonstrating different permeabilities through a bilipid layer for a physiology lab publication at Case Western Reserve University
-A 2nd edition printing of a 4 volume set on Orthopedic Surgical Techniques
-A patient education-focused 2D animation explaining in vitro fertilization for University College London (UK)
-Finishing up figures for a 5th edition printing of a widely recognized and used cellular immunology book
Anatomy as Art: Alex participated in a fine art gallery event Bone & Blood: Structural Bodies in Motion on September 21, 2013, at Chicago's Squid3 Gallery. Here is the show overview from the gallery:
Show Overview: Bone & Blood: Structural Bodies in Motion is an exploration of anatomical framework and connectivity. The rigid yet flexible properties of bone provide structure while the continuous flow of blood supplies essential substances to sustain the body. These two sometimes seemingly opposing elements - the frame and the flow - form a dynamic relationship: with each step, breath, and heartbeat, the body, at its most basic, is a structure in constant motion.
A review here of the show featuring another painting by Alex.
Athletes, physical therapists and medical illustrators at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring outside of Washington, DC.
Planning out and sketching muscles on lower leg. Athlete for running couldn't make it last minute so we had a gracious volunteer jump in to fill the void. We are highlighting the muscles involved in running so that small sports enthusiasts and their parents can visualize key muscles and bone structures.
In progress painting in muscles on leg. Physical therapists were on hand to talk to visitors about improving performance, avoiding injury and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Middle image is showing painting in the patellar ligament. Right hand image is me blocking in the neurovascular structures in the popliteal fossa.
Painted horse and rider by Elizabeth Lockett, medical illustrator at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. It was a wonderful experience to see such a beautiful animal in action.
That's my daughter in the top left. Can you tell her parent is a medical illustrator? #sciart next generation. She's painting carpals, metacarpals and phalanges on her hands to pass a little time.
Top middle and right images show me finishing up my runner's leg. We are using red and white airbrush paint and Caran D'ache watercolor pencils.
Hanging out with Marie Dauenheimer.
Some of the event athletes modeling their completed muscle painting.
Posing with former pro NFL player Chris Draft, painted by Diana Marques.
MEDinART is a site created and Directed by Vaisa Hatzi, PhD as an initiative of TEDMEDLive in Athens. The main goal of MEDinART is to highlight biomedical issues through different forms of art, connect med-inspired artists, educate the general public and trigger biomedical scientists to communicate scientific issues using inspiring and innovative ways.
A video created from the work of medical inspired artists (myself included) was used to open the TEDMED conference in Athens. I'm a big TED fan so this was super exciting news.
Link to video made by Phillip Schalekamp of Squid3 Gallery in Chicago showing the art event of the same title.
Dissecting Art, Intersecting Anatomy: Merging contemporary art with the works of Pauline Lariviere. This exhibit was organized by a small group of esteemed Chicago-based artists and entrepreneurs interested in medical art, and guest-curated by the ever fabulous Vanessa Ruiz of Street Anatomy.
"The exhibition is an homage to Pauline Lariviere (1906–1988), a French-Canadian artist whose fame came from her extensive work in medical and anatomical illustration. Lariviere had a very distinctive style that came from her use of abstraction and pairing of modern art into a scientific field. Contrary to the accepted style of realistic medical illustrations in the 1940s (which relied on small, crowded labels to convey information), Lariviere created charts and illustrations that isolated areas and processes of human anatomy that she wanted to portray, gave alternative perspectives, and created her charts in vibrant colors specifically to make them aesthetically appealing. Her revolutionary style is still used in medical illustrations today."
Contributing artists in Dissecting Art, Intersecting Anatomy exhibit
I headed up to Chicago from Asheville for the gallery opening. With me were a couple of my friends, Diana Bellgowan and Cherie Montou. We were treated to an architect's walking guide tour of the early sky scrapers of Chicago (and for a great read on the early days of Chicago architecture - check out Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.) We also stopped at The Art Institute of Chicago, and saw the Picasso exhibit.