What is a Medical Illustrator?
As defined by the Association of Medical Illustrators:
Do you have a degree for that?
What do you do?
|Objective: to show the surgical set-up for laparoscopic appendectomy|
|Objective: to show the plaintiff's injury, repair and result|
Why don't you just take a picture?
The simple answer is that I draw what can't be seen
Color pencil on print of graphite drawing
Medicine is an evolving science so Medical Illustrators are often called upon to illustrate new surgical techniques. If a procedure is simply video-taped or photographed this is likely what the viewer will see
Below is a series of images I created for a surgeon at University of Virginia illustrating a surgical procedure he developed for traumatic abdominal wound closure. The images are intentionally bloodless, easy to follow, and intended for teaching proper technique
Doesn't the computer do the work for you?
I wish. The computer is just a really expensive paint brush. Certainly it has made editing and production much more efficient. While most of my work is digital in its final format I still start with a pencil and paper