You know you’re a medical illustrator when…

…friends ask you to do skeleton makeup for a Lady Gaga “Born this way” inspired costume party:


I think my Master’s degree is really paying off…  

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King Tut: facelift via archaeological reconstruction

The boy king was been brought back to life thanks to the workings of anthropologists, scientists, and facial reconstruction artists. Paris-based forensic sculptor Elisabeth Daynès sculpted King Tut’s face with silicone, which is the same medium used for prosthetics here in my program. The facial measurements were determined via CT scans of the skeletal remains. I remember reading about this a couple of months ago, but rediscovered it while doing some more job researching. When I was a child I was obsessed with Egyptian antiquity and history, and I was all set on becoming an Egyptologist. Somewhere along the lines, I was redirected towards my love of art. This is amazing.

King Tuts new face

No Bones about it

Greetings, fellow followers! It has been awhile since I’ve put up a new blogpost and here’s why: a. I just got done with my second major Anatomy exam b. I have been busy on projects (soon to come) and c. I have been researching possible career specialties. The latter leads me to my new post. Lately I have been seriously looking into the field of forensics and archaeology as a subset of my biomedical visualization career. I have always been interested in the field of archaeology and this seems fitting for my interests. However, I may or may not have to go on for further education if i decide to go this route (yay more school!!….) Anyways, I have included a link to a very successful forensic artist, Karen Taylor:

Forensic Artist

(Not just another) shoulder to cry on

Well here it is: my first graduate school project finished! My project entailed illustrating the anterior and posterior shoulder girdle. The anterior view contains three major ligaments in the shoulder: coracoacromial, acromioclavicular, and coracoclavicular (try saying that three times fast). The posterior view demonstrates all the muscles involved in the rotator cuff: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and I also added teres major, just for kicks.

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I’m starting to think I spend more time with dead people than alive people…

As a budding medical illustrator, I have seen my fair share of cadaver labs. As a matter of fact, this semester I probably spend more time with the cadaver I’m dissecting than any of my closest friends. I guess this style of living could fit easily under the phrase, “you know you’re a biology major when…” Despite the smell and the occasional spewing of fat globules, I have managed to artistically document some of my time in the cadaver lab via quick sketches. The following drawings were done during my undergraduate work at Augustana College in Rock Island, Il.

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