Can’t just eyeball it

One project done! For my Clinical Sciences class, we had to draw an eye cross section.  A woman from the eye clinic next door–who serves as a full time medical illustrator over there–gave us a bunch of rules about how to NOT draw an eyeball, and showed us examples of artists who had gotten the eyeball wrong. Coincidentally one of the examples she showed was an illustration completed years back by our current professor and director of the program- who was in the room.  Haha. So we learned a lot about how to get the proportions right, how to correctly show where the retina terminates, and how to depict the optic nerve at the right angle. Here is the result of the tutorial we did in class using a ruler and a compass:

The assignment was to scan it into illustrator and create a vector drawing of the eye, with or without color. Since I’m still getting used to Illustrator, I chose to keep it black and white, but to fill in some tone. Here is my final eye ball!

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About Claire Shapleigh, Biomedical Visualization

Hi, my name is Claire and I'm in my second year of the Biomedical Visualization MS program at UIC. It's a combination of art and science, and it's pretty fun. So far I've dissected a human body and learned how to draw in 2D using a computer AND my hand, and I'm about to learn how to 3D model. Holler at me if you have any questions about the program!

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5 Responses to Can’t just eyeball it

  1. fang28 says:

    Wow your vector drawing is awesome! How long have you been using adobe illustrator? I was thinking about doing medical illustration but then I changed my mind and going to stick to medicine. Is it fun? Your classes sound incredibly fun and exciting compared to mine! xD

  2. Claire S says:

    Hi Fang28,
    Thanks so much! I have only been using Adobe Illustrator for about 7 months. They teach it to us at the program. I came in with less experience with computer programs than many others in the program, but they catch us up pretty well. I do enjoy medical illustration, but funny enough I am still trying to decide between practicing medicine and drawing it. I might just do both!

  3. DisdoncA says:

    Does the Illustrator program fill in all the blood vessels or do you have to draw in each by hand?

  4. SarahHobson says:

    funny thing is that i'm not sure i would have known it was an eye unless you had told us. I'm so not used to seeing a cross sectional view.

  5. Anne Harper says:

    you should sell that as a poster it looks great.