Muscles do not move the body only; but get an illustration into action as well. In a complex action freeze like this one, they dominate the scene; much more than they do in standard anatomy atlases. See-through views give us a great chance to exteriorize the musculature to enhance the feel of the action.
Turbulent enough to get the Vestibular apparatus moving!
The task in hand is to illustrate Motion sickness in an Australia navy officer. Having worked through several projects with the Australian Geographic magazine for the past 20 years, I knew this task was going to be another in-depth look at another exciting topic.
The initial preview on the left depicted the vestibular apparatus, fluid movements in the semicircular canals and the other organs impacted. Yes, our officer was in enough pain and discomfort, but the overall circumstances were deemed to be not turbulent enough by the artistic director, Mr Andrew Burns.
Take your camera and go on a journey within the human body
Looking at a blank page and visualising impossible camera angles is what really makes this profession extremely exciting for me. Here, my challenge was to depict a Gastroduodenal artery stump aneurysm after a Whipple operation.
Only available visual references can be seen on the top left. A 3D view of the aneurysm and a sketch form the clients, Professor Jaswinder Samra and Dr Tony Pang of Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. The extra challenge was to show communication with the Gastrointestinal tract and bleeding from aneurysms in two different locations (B and C).
Visualising an operative sequence
A patient education illustration dating back to 2003! Arthroscopic procedure to stitch a tear in the Right medial meniscus.
As we are looking at the tibial plateau from a “supero-postero-medial” angle, having removed the femur from the scene hardly distracts the lay viewer. While providing the prospective patient with extensive information about the procedure, the orthopaedic surgeon shows this illustration to explain how the sutures would bring together parts of the meniscus.