Its that time where in ones college career, where a research paper and an applied piece is to be created. Now, most people dread this type of thing, but I am so incredibly excited I can hardly stop bursting out about it to my roommates (good thing they like me). Sorry for the lack of organization in my crazy flow of thoughts, but now you can understand my thought process a bit more!!
Capstone research paper proposal, concepts & ideas that I may write about pertaining to my interest in medical illustration.
1.) How has Medical Illustration evolved since the first documentations of the human form to today’s hyper-realistic illustration?
2.) Just what exactly are the different modalities utilized in medical illustration?
3.) Whats at stake in the Medical illustrative world, relative to the rapid growth of business and communication on social media. Can they grow enough recognition on social media to supply their members with a steady flow of consumerism?
4.) If the association of medical illustrators changes their title, and accept scientific illustrators to join in, will that effect the standards of excellence typically expected from members of the AMI?
5.) research the components that make a piece both functional and informative that communicates complex systems in a way that the general public can understand.
My favorite idea of the above mentioned research article ideas is the first. They say the first is the worst and the second is the best, but in this case…I already deleted the first! As much as I dislike art history, I am going to focus on it. I will look into the beginnings of biomedical communication and learn how it gradually grew into the complex mark-making skills medical illustrators proudly display in the world of today. This can show how the relationship between doctors needs, and an artists abilities, has substantially grown over the decades. I already know that this means I have a lot of reading to do, BUT WHO DOESN’T want to fan-girl read all the diaries of their favorites in history? It’s like reading the diary of Jack Sparrow, or will turner, getting the story straight from their personal journal. Of course today’s medical illustrators don’t give open access to their daily journals or diaries, but that’s where I get to actually talk to the legends themselves!!
Another idea mentioned above is the breakdown of different modalities associated with medical illustration, like; drawing, painting, sketching. Or ; rendering, editing, photographing. There is also a good deal of marketing to look into. like how does a medical illustrator exactly advertise themselves, as most med artists are freelance workers. I believe my only restriction to this topic is my personal interest, which instantaneously becomes lacking upon the thought of writing a lengthy essay on the matter.
One concern of mine that I have only recently become aware of, is the lack of growth in the social media aspect of involvement. I would like to look into ways in which a discipline as old as medical illustration could keep up with the bustling lives of the social media world. I think learning more about this topic could personally aid the AMI considering that they have remained a little laid back in terms of getting their name out there. Posting is one thing, following, and commenting is another. That’s just one of the ideas on the growth of the AMI that I think would be worth while.
Another topic of interest would be concerning the standards set for medical illustrators in the AMI. Qualitative imaging is a standard set high for a reason. The schools accredited by the association of medical illustrators consist of three in the country with only one in the north of us, up in Canada. However recently, the AMI has stated that they may have to look into changing the name of the group, broaden their members and include some new titles like Science artists, and such. I am concerned at what that might do for the image of the medical illustrators, will they be held at the same standards? what about the funding for medical illustrators?
The purpose of medical illustration is to communicate complex concepts in a visual representation of a system of the human anatomy. I would like to know what it is that makes a piece successful. What are the elements of design that play a roll in ensuring that a piece is communicating to the intended audience properly. I feel that this kind of break down can help a lot of medical illustrators whom find themselves with fantastic works of art, but have difficulty displaying it in a way that is visually engaging.
NOW THE FUN PART: The applied piece.
I want to make an exhibition of some sort, whether in a physical gallery or an online gallery. I want to utilize a social media gallery wherein I would display art similar to the themes mentioned below to increase recognition among fellow medical illustrators, and to make this information more readily available for the general public to access. Whatever idea I stick with, I want it to be both eye catching, and interesting to the general public. I couldn’t be more excited to start my opportunity to, in a way, teach the public about the most common human object: our bodies!!!
Here are my ideas:
1.) Illustrate the human form by means of figure drawing, whilst exposing the internal anatomy in relation to the figures pose/stance.
2.) Create a 3D interactive sculpture that can show the different sections of the body in detail enough to understand the basic fundamentals of skeletomuscular development.(life sized) -The only problem with idea #2 is the materials needed to make something interactive and still keep my wallet from imploding under the vast emptiness of a college students insufficient funds.
3.) Update the classics! -(Create a gallery of works inspired by medical illustrators throughout history, using their style and media, with current terminology) -This could be lots of fun, honestly it would be like recreating the greats, using more of a modern graphic design outlook on the written aspects of the pieces.
4.) Create diagrams geared towards athletes informing them in the ways to strengthen general weaknesses in certain joints, highlight vulnerable muscle groups, and how to prevent injury. – This is something I know I am particularly good at. I find myself guessing where the location of the injury is with my friends experiencing local pain. (I’ve never been wrong). But this could really apply some well needed instruction to the students who take quite a beating to their body while competing in their sport. Injury can wreck a students scholarship, leaving them in debt, out of a focus, and often out of hope. I want to help them pay attention to those areas of the body that scream for attention but often get muddled in the pains of tired larger muscles.
5.) Illustrate diagrams for bio, anatomy & physiology teachers at PSU (such as overheads, or print out study guides) that would help students get a clearer image of how the body is laid out internally and externally. *Another thing I would like to do with my ability, is give back to the community that raised me. I have watched as my professors painfully try to attack a diagram with an untrained hand (not saying they lack artistic ability). I’m just saying, wouldn’t it be easier if they had, say a personal assistant to their artistic needs so as to better the education of the students? Students would be prompted to follow along in their journals, reinforcing their newly gained info.
6.) individually illustrate each internal organ associated with digestion, respiration, and its cellular responsibility in keeping you from keeling over. * The body is literally so incredible, you can handle almost anything, and you owe it to those squishy gross parts no one likes to talk to their doctors about. It isn’t embarrassing, it’s science. I would illustrate the movement of a bolus (food ingested) and show the process of who does what to help you scrape the most out of that wendy’s burger (not much really). The process is all its own, and not many creatures share our exact digestive, and respiration systems. This project could even be a 3D interactive project allowing the viewer to grab hold of, say, the small intestine. The intestine could be wrapped up like a hose sitting in the abdominal cavity ready for the viewer to pull it to the actual distance that we carry in our guts everyday.
7.) create an injury list for winter sports injuries, and illustrate them, show how the injury happened and illustrate that.
8.) illustrate bodies in motion, show where the body stays when dancing, jumping, bending, swimming, and show the body parts.
of all of these options, my head is still spinning at what I will chose, but please do your part in helping me along this difficult road of success, and drop me a comment or two!!