A peek into the project of what where made of

This is the most important piece of research I will have ever done. I am planning to map out the history of medical illustration from beginning to end. In just two months, I will have for you, a chronological order of the artists who made sense of the human body. Over human evolution our curiosity has grown. We have questioned many a time the what, and how, of our vitality. How do we function, what keeps us alive, what are we made of? These thoughts have kept our little heads busy since the dawn of time. Communication before  written language was mainly in the form of verbal communication, but as we all know from the popular game ‘Telephone’, words change, and ideas mis-communicated. That’s why art was the best way to document concepts that could not easily be verbally communicated. Art is a universal language, its no wonder that medical illustration has been one of the greatest forms of communication in the history of medical science. File:Medicine aryballos Louvre CA1989-2183 n2.jpg Beazley, Attic Red-figured Vase-Painters (1963), 813, 96. What if I told you that the map to the human body is found in the history of these early explorers, who mapped, not the stars, but the bones, tendons, nerves, vessels…you get the idea. I am going to take a look into what made us so smart, our ability to render an image with such detail that we can use it as a map to the inner workings of the human body. That, is what is so cool about this research article. This is going to change the way we understand this field, an inside look at complex information, through the eyes of a student. I’m not here to confuse you, I’m here to teach you what I find, using words you can understand. Scheduling it all out:

I will spend three solid weeks just accumulating the different books and articles I will need via inter-library loan, and websites associated with medical illustration like AMI the association of medical illustrators. It will take me some time to sift through all of the texts I will have found, and I will need about two to three weeks to finish up notes and turning it into a comprehensive article. I will use up the rest of that time incorporating the links and images I will find important to the understanding of my research, and editing the article. I am very excited for this research article, and I look forward to seeing the final project.

Image result for weight lifting By imagesbywestfall My applied piece is by far the most exciting thing I will ever have the privilege of creating. I will illustrate the body in motion i.e people dancing, running, playing sports, people doing yoga, an example of poor posture, gymnastics, etc. A lot like the body world, an exhibition by Gunther von Hagens. I want to show people what muscles are used during different ranges of motion. I will show what body functions are at play during common activities like running, or how far the body can stretch during a yoga pose. I will show how the muscles contract when lifting weights. I will illustrate the students of Plymouth state, and showcase their abilities in an exciting exhibition of the body in motion. I will showcase my abilities in my field, and bring some young new illustrations to the community of medical illustration, sending me right in the middle of the online community for feedback and recognition. When my applied pieces are finished, I will have them posted here on my website for you to view. I will do an illustration a week, photographing my subjects, breaking it down into different systems. I have approximately 9 weeks to create my master piece, and depending on the amount time the first illustration takes, I will be able to create 5 or 6 illustrations. I need time to get in touch with the library in regards to the exhibition, It is the ideal location for an educational exhibition that is seen by many of the students at Plymouth State University. It will be on display for likely a week, or however long they loan me the space for the exhibition.
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3 thoughts on “A peek into the project of what where made of”

  1. Awesome! I just love the plans here for both the AP and RA, though I think the RA is going to be a challenge, so please make sure you make a good outline as you get the research in focus, and make a little progress at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed by the task at hand. Leave yourself plenty of time to revise and hone so that the finished product is polished and well-crafted, since I think this has the potential to really have a big impact.

    The AP is just radically exciting!! Can’t wait! Stay focused and do well on both of these things, and this could really take you somewhere exciting…

  2. This sounds amazing, I am super intrigued and interested to learn about you career path. I had never even thought twice about the drawings I had seen in my Anatomy & Physiology textbooks till you described you IDS major in class one day. It will be great to read how it all began but exciting at the same time to see your exhibition, I say this especially because I have been to the body exhibit a few times, but each time I attend I am equally as amazed by the work!

  3. I love the idea of finding out how our ancestors learned so much about our body. We obviously know now how the internal parts of the body look and function but how did they figure this out prior to having the technology that we have. I am so excited to learn more and I look forward to reading the research you find.

    As I’ve told you, I’ve spent a lot of time looking at medical illustration due to me previously being a nursing major and I can’t wait to see the drawings you create. I think it’ll be awesome if you create 1 drawing per week and I’ll make sure to follow the progress.

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