A blog about scientific and medical visualization and all that’s involved.

Archive for June, 2008

Student Works: Cindy Schroeder

Posted by Janet on June 30, 2008

Here is the work of Cindy Schroeder showing DNA unwinding proteins at the replication fork:

Cindy is going into her second year at UIC’s Biomedical Visualization program. This digital piece combines 3D Studio Max and Photoshop and is currently her favorite piece.

To view her website, go to Cindy can be contacted through

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Drafting Table Update

Posted by Janet on June 28, 2008

Remember the drafting table I wrote about two weeks ago? I just went to the website again and saw an update–price: 399US dollars. I really hope that’s $3.99 and not $399 because designed or not, you’re getting cardboard. I bet in a couple years you’ll see a similar designed item at IKEA for about $3.99.

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Student Works: Jen Wong

Posted by Janet on June 27, 2008

Jen Wong is a junior (starting this fall) illustration student at the Rhode Island School of Design. I enjoy her unique style very much. She is meticulous with details but still captures motion in her drawings–something not easily done together.

“I’ve always been very interested in art, and have also been into extremely detail-oriented illustrations, so for many years I thought that scientific/medical illustration would be perfect for me. Now I’m thinking about getting into book work, and especially children’s books, but I still enjoy drawing from nature.”

Here are a few examples of Jen’s drawings:

When asked about how she creates such drawings, she says:
“I like to draw from life as much as possible (as opposed to drawing from a photo) so I frequent RISD’s wonderful nature lab. I usually start by sitting down with a specimen and begin drawing from one obvious part (usually the eyes) and just go from there. I like to just work from what I see, using a thin ball-point pen or pencil, or sometimes a rapidograph. All these pieces were just done on my own time, with the exception of the 50 series sample [below].”

“The set of nine one-inch-by-one-inch insect drawings are only a part of a larger 50 series done for a freshman drawing class. I got to explore ten different insect specimens that I obtained from the nature lab by doing five close studies of each. The drawings are to scale, and very small (my drawing teacher had me bring him a magnifying glass).”

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Student Works: Kristin Luther

Posted by Janet on June 24, 2008

Kristin Luther, currently a student in the Biomedical Visualization program at UIC, explains the carpal tunnel syndrome through her illustration below. This illustration was made during her second semester in the program.

Here is what Kristin says about her work:

“We have been learning all about commonly used techniques within the field of medical illustration. The technique I used for this piece is line art made in Adobe Illustrator. I started with a scanned sketch, which I traced over (using the pen tool) and then added flat and gradient fills. The message is to explain some of the causes of carpal tunnel syndrome, and the audience is the general public.”

More of Kristin’s works can be seen on her website at and Kristin can be reached at

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Call for Student Works

Posted by Janet on June 22, 2008

“Revealed” is looking for student works to show on the blog. If you are a student and have created any form of science or medical art you would like to show, e-mail me the illustration with a brief description of yourself and the work.

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Orphan Works Petition

Posted by Janet on June 19, 2008

Dear Readers-

Please sign this petition if you are against the Orphan Works Bill and forward it to as many people as you can.

About the petition or the Orphan Works Bill:

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Amazing Ant Nest

Posted by Janet on June 18, 2008

This is an excerpt from the documentary “Ants! Nature’s Secret Power.”

I didn’t find the full video, but a description of it can be found here on Think or Thwim.

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Science, Art, and Technology

Posted by Janet on June 15, 2008

Interesting website of an educational program called Science, Art, and Technology through the Art Institute of Chicago: The program is designed to provide teachers with educational materials to pass down to their students through any means of their own. This site is full of lots of links for you to explore on your own.

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Portable Drafting Table

Posted by Janet on June 12, 2008

Finally, a lightweight design table for traveling designers and students. I remember my college dorm days when I was either confined to work in the one studio where everyone else works, or had to carry everything all over the place only to find some peace and quiet in a friend’s room on the floor. Even now I’m still moving once every few years (or sometimes several times a year). Now there is a table designed with space and portability in mind.

This table, “Cutting Table No.1,” on the right by Sruli Recht is made entirely from cardboard and a laminated top. The table measures 150cm x 120cm x 93cm, big enough to accommodate most people and their projects. It comes with three drawers and a carrying box. All parts are replaceable and biodegradable.

This product becomes available today at Iceland’s Liborius boutique. They ship worldwide. For inquiries, contact the store at:

Laugavegur 7
Reykjavík 101
T. +354 551 6811

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Can Cats Paint Too?

Posted by Janet on June 8, 2008

If elephants can paint, can cats paint? In the humorous book “Why Cats Paint” by Heather Busch and Burton Silver, cats are photographed “painting” on paper–nothing more than wetting their paws in paint and smearing the paint onto the wall. Overall less impressive than elephants, but nevertheless produces Pollock-like pieces of artwork.

Perhaps a more fun read is the book “Why Paint Cats,” written by the same authors about artists who paint on cats. Some artfully done:

…and others a bit disturbing…

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