留得青山在,不怕没柴烧。

Week 48 (part 2): surgical tools (detail) | Adobe PhotoshopI give my professor/supervisor so much grief for not illustrating tools in Adobe Illustrator. At 300% they look pretty messy, but they’re ok at 100%.
He’s right though… if I needed to alter the tool slightly, I’d have to redraw most of it :\
Jul 21, 2014 / 3 notes

Week 48 (part 2): surgical tools (detail) | Adobe Photoshop
I give my professor/supervisor so much grief for not illustrating tools in Adobe Illustrator. At 300% they look pretty messy, but they’re ok at 100%.

He’s right though… if I needed to alter the tool slightly, I’d have to redraw most of it :\

Week 48: AMI Salon pieces submitted – I had to transport them in the pouring rain (bless the invention of plastic bags). I also got swiped by a taxi this week :| they didn’t shoulder check their right turn and so the side mirror got a part of my hand…
This week I’m working on creating a series of e-learning modules for exercise physiology – a sort of one-stop-shop for MScPT physical therapy kids to learn about cardiovascular physiology, energy metabolism, and respiratory physiology, complete with post-module quizzes for them to test their knowledge.
I thought I was done with surgical illustration… but I’m going to take another whack at it in the near(ish) future ** if time permits. The UBC Hospital types up transcripts of their surgical procedures, and so I was sent the complete transcript for ACL repair. I hope to do this in my spare time :)
Jul 20, 2014 / 4 notes

Week 48: AMI Salon pieces submitted – I had to transport them in the pouring rain (bless the invention of plastic bags). I also got swiped by a taxi this week :| they didn’t shoulder check their right turn and so the side mirror got a part of my hand…

This week I’m working on creating a series of e-learning modules for exercise physiology – a sort of one-stop-shop for MScPT physical therapy kids to learn about cardiovascular physiology, energy metabolism, and respiratory physiology, complete with post-module quizzes for them to test their knowledge.

I thought I was done with surgical illustration… but I’m going to take another whack at it in the near(ish) future ** if time permits. The UBC Hospital types up transcripts of their surgical procedures, and so I was sent the complete transcript for ACL repair. I hope to do this in my spare time :)

Jul 15, 2014 / 3 notes

Week 47-and-a-bit: I got my prints from two of my projects this past semester! One is my (finally) completed hand surgery, and another is a more simple visual/graphic piece on protective equipment.
Faculty birthdays mean cake :3 raspberry white chocolate torte.

Next week, ROCHESTER for the conference! Looking forward to meet new people and listening to the talks - but mostly really excited to reunite with other students from the American programs. They’re such a fun, talented bunch.

Jul 7, 2014 / 271 notes

Week 46: Surgical tools | Hand Surgery, Orthopedics

Original sketches from OR sketchbook were rough: the primary focus at that point was to depict how the surgeon handles these tools and their overall shape.  They were then redrawn and cleaned up in Photoshop.

**feel free to use the close-up photo I took of curved surgical scissors, needle driver, micro scissors, and surgical forceps for your own reference :)

Week 44 & 45: My apologies, I haven’t been posting because I’ve been sick for the past few weeks – and now either it’s residual not-feeling-well or I have a bad cold.
Not much work I can post so far.. but I thought I’d take this opportunity to give some advice on tattoos: please spell check your tattoos… whether they be Chinese/Japanese/any language you don’t have fluency in.
I saw a tatt and I was curious why the person got it… turns out they thought it meant “life”, when it actually translated to wash. (above).
Jul 2, 2014 / 6 notes

Week 44 & 45: My apologies, I haven’t been posting because I’ve been sick for the past few weeks – and now either it’s residual not-feeling-well or I have a bad cold.

Not much work I can post so far.. but I thought I’d take this opportunity to give some advice on tattoos: please spell check your tattoos… whether they be Chinese/Japanese/any language you don’t have fluency in.

I saw a tatt and I was curious why the person got it… turns out they thought it meant “life”, when it actually translated to wash. (above).

Week 43: Coffeeshop work session. THIS is how you should use reference photos. My work is on the left and I am referencing several figures from the Thieme anatomy text (right). I am referencing the anatomy and using critical thinking to problem solve how proper anatomy should be on the hand I am illustrating. I also need to choose which anatomy to include (note I’m not including vasculature) to best communicate my intentions for this particular piece.
Obviously what I’m working on is a different orientation and view than your standard coronal view (as depicted in the textbook); that’s what makes it so fun. Half the challenge is anatomical placement. The other half is to not spill coffee on your $3k equipment.
Don’t be afraid to make notations on your work… just make sure it’s on a different layer!
Jun 13, 2014 / 7 notes

Week 43: Coffeeshop work session.
THIS is how you should use reference photos. My work is on the left and I am referencing several figures from the Thieme anatomy text (right). I am referencing the anatomy and using critical thinking to problem solve how proper anatomy should be on the hand I am illustrating. I also need to choose which anatomy to include (note I’m not including vasculature) to best communicate my intentions for this particular piece.

Obviously what I’m working on is a different orientation and view than your standard coronal view (as depicted in the textbook); that’s what makes it so fun. Half the challenge is anatomical placement. The other half is to not spill coffee on your $3k equipment.

Don’t be afraid to make notations on your work… just make sure it’s on a different layer!

Week 43: Javascript and summer intensive | thunderthighs lol
Spent today submitting works to the AMI conference and also had to wear full black in the sticky city heat to go skating. Got a lot of tracking points stuck on my body (main joints, midline, front and back, all limbs) for doing various jumps/spins. System tracking (MOCAP) shows an athlete’s motion in 3D space and we can extrapolate force, speed, etc. – I was going to do my master’s thesis on this but an alumni had already beaten me to the punch.
IN OTHER NEWS: my pup doesn’t have Addison’s :’) his most recent blood work confirmed it and this is the best thing I’ve heard all week.
Jun 11, 2014 / 1 note

Week 43: Javascript and summer intensive | thunderthighs lol

Spent today submitting works to the AMI conference and also had to wear full black in the sticky city heat to go skating. Got a lot of tracking points stuck on my body (main joints, midline, front and back, all limbs) for doing various jumps/spins. System tracking (MOCAP) shows an athlete’s motion in 3D space and we can extrapolate force, speed, etc. – I was going to do my master’s thesis on this but an alumni had already beaten me to the punch.

IN OTHER NEWS: my pup doesn’t have Addison’s :’) his most recent blood work confirmed it and this is the best thing I’ve heard all week.

Jun 10, 2014 / 6 notes

Week 42 and 43: I’m diving into learning Javascript this summer. Also a few other side projects.
My dog, the cutiepie shown above, has been a little ill as of late :( We took him to the vet and his very slow heart rate, low body temperature, and other symptoms are pointing to Addison’s disease - which is a hereditary hormone deficiency because his little adrenal glands can’t produce enough… aka hypoadrenocorticism. He needs more testing but just the fact that he’s not well is breaking my heart.
Yes this is a blog about my life through grad school but there are many other aspects that affect my academic life. This little cutiepie is one of them.

Photo from last semester: Sleepy puppy interferes with my wacom lol
he looks so bored of my work… I think I was drawing up neuro at that time..
May 31, 2014 / 4 notes

Photo from last semester: Sleepy puppy interferes with my wacom lol

he looks so bored of my work… I think I was drawing up neuro at that time..

May 28, 2014 / 5 notes

Week 40: Sculpting workshop! Our wonderful prof made some really cool stuff (top). Benedict Cumberbatch????? He showed us a few different types of sculpting media and then we all tried creating small figures out of Super Sculpey. I love the work everyone made (Can someone spot Philosoraptor?).

Industry Tour | sweatily running around the downtown core to five very amazing studios. Each one tailored to a different part of the industry: animation, interactivity, patient health, medical legal, and textbook illustration.

Kind of makes me wonder where I belong…

Currently finishing a few illustrations for Toronto Notes, need to finish my business and ethics, and then emergency preparedness illustration.
Got my surgical feedback today… it was brutally honest but nothing I wasn’t already expecting. Why do I have to love a subject I’m not even good at lol?