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.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.
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. 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: