Macro & micro | pen + dot grid journal
Throwback to my doodles during the AMI conference in Rochester, MN at the Mayo Clinic.
(Week 55) Week 1 of Year 2.
Pathology | Modelling my first pen in 3D (Maya) | Hello Kidney = scientific accuracy in the OR
Quick recap so far:
YVR ✈ YYZ ☁☁
sigh.. back to the hustle and bustle. Thanks for the amazing August :) 👌👍
#exploreBC #YVRcanada (at Vancouver International Airport (YVR))
👊Stawamus Chief #seatosky with @momolaii and @sianalai … we somehow had enough energy for #yoga on the South Summit (610m/2001ft) 💪
#exploreBC #beautifulBC (at The Top Of The Squamish Chief)
Spending my last few hours in vancouver making #homemade macarons with @momolaii FROM SCRATCH. Look at those perfect caps and pretty #macaron feet :3 #foodporn
Floral green tea • matcha white chocolate ganache | Londonberry fog • honey buttercream🌿 (at Vancouver, BC)
Exercise physiology | Adobe Photoshop
Just a small screenshot of my current work… mixing in some doodles for exercise physiology and creating an emodule for incoming Masters of Science in Physical Therapy students. I wanted to keep it a simple flat cartoon-like style.
Earnest Ice Cream | Seriously Good
True #vancouverfood: reuseable/returnable glass jars & flavours highlighting the best of BC farms 🌿
We treated ourselves to a pint each of milk #chocolate🍫 & #londonfog🍦 (at Earnest Ice Cream)
Week 52: 2nd conference this summer got me a low budget ikea-style-assemble-yourself oculus rift from the SIGGRAPH conference!?
Tried it out and it’s AMAZING. It turns your cellphone into an oculus rift. Sorcery. Will post more about SIGGRAPH2014 soon!
** This is a catalogue of a few things I’ve encountered recently; all opinions are my own. I have had my fair share of amazing clients and some wonderful collaborations. This is just trying to finally formalize the hard-to-answer and awkward situations; your own experiences or feedback is welcome.
The above statement is only partially true. I approach medical illustration (especially for journals and research) as more of a symbiotic relationship between art and science than some researchers would, per se. Without the science, we wouldn’t have the art, but without the art, there is a communication breakdown from author to reader. I am a specialist here to bridge that gap. Without me, your article in the ‘high-impact journal’ may not have as much ‘impact’ as you expect.
Furthermore, this is the one thing I have encountered the most that infuriates me. Don’t tell me what is and isn’t prestigious – especially that it’s something I can include in my portfolio*. What’s worse is that they assume that high-impact or prestige can buffer the illustrator’s payment. For instance, Scientific American/Nature/etc have a huge audience, naturally, their covers would pay much higher than some no-name journal published in-house. Can you guess which cover artist would cost more?
I don’t dictate how you should practice medicine, so please don’t assume you understand my field; what may be prestigious for you may not be as prestigious for me. Plot twist, unfortunately, a static image won’t have much bearing on my portfolio because the local biomedical studios are hiring based on our animation/interactive work.
I have encountered instances where some researchers look down on the illustrator - as if we only provide a service for their convenience and at their disposal. One client, so kindly compared me to just someone who comes in to tinker with what’s already there (i.e. a plumber). I gently reminded them that unless they knew how to fix a toilet themselves, that even the nicest house can be ruined by faulty plumbing.
Scoffing the chef because he serves you food? And you’re not an Michelin-starred chef yourself? smart.
*Under the contract I had signed, I own copyright of the image, so the matter of portfolio-inclusion was null.
Hint for clients: never use the word “exploit" in conversation to define how you perceive my biomedical work. LOL yes this has also happened.
ALL OR NOTHING. You cannot pick and choose which parts of the contract you want to quote. As an illustrator, I ensured that all my deadlines were kept. If you want to start quoting the contract, you shouldn’t have broken a few clauses on your end. Because I will quote them. And I will use them. A contract is meant to be kept on both ends.
This is a profession. This is a specialized field. A certified medical illustrator graduating from an accredited program means we’ve suffered alongside our medschool peers to be competent in scientific knowledge. We also are extremely comfortable with a large variety of software.
Rendering a single, static 3D image can take up to days. It is paramount to explain workflow to clients because they aren’t familiar with this. Animations take a very long time to render, and so their budget for a 10min animation may not be feasible.
New illustrators: don’t undersell yourself.
No hate on Microsoft Paint, but hey if you can, then all power to you. What do you need me for?
I drew a heart recently. To ensure my anatomical accuracy, I had about 8-10 images for reference - 6 textbooks, 3/4 online sources. FOR REFERENCE. Not as foundation for my illustration. This apparently is a controversial issue for some, but for me: an ethical workflow creates an honest portfolio.
Fisherman and his friends at sunset | Green Lake, Whistler 🐶🎣⛵🗻
#whistlerunfiltered #westcoast #exploreBC (at Whistler Blackcomb)