Summertime and the Sketchin’s Easy

The summer semester is half way through… and I feel like we just started! So far I’ve learned the pathophysiology of cancer, I’ve toured an operating room in the anticipation of sketching surgeries next fall, and I’ve learned how to make animations in Adobe Flash (click on the box below to see my first animation.) And it’s only been four weeks…

Wait, let me back up a little bit. I’d like to introduce myself to those who haven’t been reading about my embarrassingly gushy anatomical romance. My name is Claire (to some, Clarisse) and I’m a Masters student in the field of biomedical visualization here at UIC. WHAT IS that? you ask? Think about it for a second- you see what we do everywhere! It’s basically the illustration and animation of science, medicine and health. From the adds for acne medication on TV–where they you show an animation of how you clog your pores–to the 3D animations on the National Geographic channel of a beating heart, you’re seeing the work of scientific artists.

It’s a pretty cool field with a lot of avenues. I’ve been here less than a year and I’ve already learned so much! (see previous blog posts) So check out what’s next.

Right now I’m working on a series of illustrations showing a circumcision. Don’t worry, it’s not graphic. That’s the good thing about medical artists- we take something that might be really gross in real life (I’m sorry, not gross. Medical.) and make it beautiful. Check out my preliminary sketches:

We’ll be taking three of the steps and making “final sketches,” and then making one fully rendered illustration. More later!

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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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One Response to Summertime and the Sketchin’s Easy

  1. Steroids says:

    looking forward to the circumcision animation who knows it may go viral.