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.
Alex and I have 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.
David worked with two editors-in-chief and multiple authors to generate anatomic and cellular icons and 2D animations for McManus and Mitchell's Pathobiology of Human Disease: A Dynamic Encyclopedia of Disease Mechanisms. See examples of the animations here or go to our "Animation" page under "Portfolio" on this web site.
Below are examples of the desmosome, fungi, and Drosophila Fly icons.
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.