About kristinaderycke

Hello everyone! I am currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois, pursuing my Master of Science in Biomedical Visualization. In other words, I am mastering my knowledge of the human body in order to be able to illustrate anatomical concepts and therein better inform the general public of the greatness that is the human body. I enjoy the various complexities of both drawing and science, so I've dedicated the majority of this blog to my own personal workings as well as any other tidbits I find anatomically intriguing. I hope you enjoy what you see and feel free to leave some feedback, I'd like that a lot.

The Carnegie Stages of Development

The Carnegie Stages of Development are the “gold standard” in the understanding and classification of individual embryo development. This includes 23 stages, throughout the first 60 days of embryonic growth after fertilization.

I have modeled out my embryo models from stages 13-23 because this is when vital facial development occurs. These models were used in my project research to understand cleft formation.

Master’s Research Project Underway

After months of grueling animation and research work, I have some in-progress updates. Doing research with fetal cleft palate development has left me with about a million morphing techniques via Maya and Mudbox. Here is an in-progress animation for one of my 7 fetal morphs at the moment. This is a demonstration of fetal growth during the Carnegie Stages of Development from about 3-10 weeks gestation. This animation is just a rough draft of the final outcome; I’m merely experimenting with textures and atmospheric flair.

Dermatographia

Dermatographia is a rare skin disorder in which the skin is extremely sensitive to touch. Following the slightest abrasion, the skin swells into raised, red welts that are sometimes itchy. Although it is unknown what causes this condition, it is thought to be an allergic reaction, lacking in the appropriate antigen.

This skin disorder can be an artist’s unique medium, as is the case for Ariana Russell, who showcases this disorder in her artwork:

 

 

My first animation!

…medical or otherwise.

Well here it is: my plunge into the sexy world of 3D animation. I’ve chosen a dramatic take of the effects of smoking, using some fun live action sequencing (which was also a first).

All modeling within this animation was accomplished through 3D programs Mudbox and Maya. Post production achieved in Adobe AfterEffects.