Archive for October, 2011|Monthly archive page

My new best friend for the next month

In my gross anatomy class we are starting the final section that focuses on the head and neck. So, today I received a skull box. My instructor told the whole class that we will be spending so much time with our skull that it will essentially become our significant other. This made me laugh, but I definitely believe it. I’m looking forward to learning about the head and neck for the next few weeks.

(This skull is the property of the University of Illinois at Chicago)


Assignment Three Finished

So here is the final drawing of assignment three with labels. I am glad that this project is over. Working my way through this project has taught me that you have to reference many resources to get a good drawing. For many projects in the future that I will be commissioned for I may not be provided with good book references, or any good visual references. I will need to be able to combine two of three different views to get accurate drawing. Of course talking to an authority on the subject matter is always the best resource not only in acquiring good information, but also as a means of making sure the drawing is accurately represented.

Assignment Four

Assignment four in anatomical visualization requires that I create an anatomical diagram of the human torso showing my choice of two abdominal or thoracic organs, and the human skeleton. This project requires the use of line only, no shading. To get the drawing of the torso we had two days of class drawing the figure from a live model. My professor provided me with a sheet of anatomical landmarks and planes of the body that will helpme correctly place the internal organs.

So in the end we are to have three separate drawings on tracing paper. One drawing of the torso, one of the skeleton, and the last of my choice of internal organs. These are my initial sketches for assignment four.

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In progress: Third assignment part 2

This assignment has proven to be more of a challange than I initially thought. A lot of thought has to go into how to correctly place everything according to the information we got in the article about the anomalous left hepatic vein. These are a few of my in progress sketches for part two of the third assignment. I am still working on correctly placing everything so these sketches are not entirely finished.

The following are my final sketch and the beginning of my rendering.

Figure Drawing

Yesterday for my anatomical visualization class I had a chance to draw the figure from a live model in a figure drawing session. It has been about a year since I was last drew the body from a live model. It took a little while to get back into the flow of drawing the body quickly and accurately. I’ve still got a little ways to go to get back to where I once was, but I can say I really enjoyed drawing the figure again. I plan to go to figure drawing sessions much more often outside of class from now on.

Here are a few of my drawing from the figure drawing session.

Part one of third assignment done

Here is my finished drawing of part one of my third anatomical visualization project.

Beginning of Third Assignment in Anatomical Visualization

The third assignment in anatomical visualization is broken down into two parts. In part one we are to practice rendering three basic forms with upper-left lighting. These form can be a cube, sphere, cylinder, cone, transparent sphere, or crater. Part two is to illustrate the anomaly of the left hepatic vein of the heart including anatomy relevant this area of the body. The left hepatic vein originates from the left lobe of the liver and ends at the right atrium of the heart on the posterior surface of the heart.

This was the first sketch of the heart that I did just to get a feel of drawing the heart.

This rough sketch was done about a week later. It has been placed in the posterior orientation that will be needed for this project.

This is a more refined sketch that I did on tracing paper. I am still not sure if the placement of the left hepatic vein is correct in the way that I have placed it.

I am still working on correctly drawing the liver for the orientation that I have my heart in, but this is my beginning drawing if the liver to place under the heart.

Narrative Project

In my Instructional Design class we have to create an illustration that illustrates a sequence of events that will educate an audience on a medical or scientific subject. I chose to illustrate How To Treat A JellyfishSting. Just for clarification this is the type of sting that is not deadly, like a portuguese-man-of-war sting or a box jellyfish sting. I initially had trouble in deciding what area of the body to portray and how much of the entire body to illustrate. After drawing several different areas of the body in varying positions that just did not work for me, I eventually decided on the lower leg and foot. I had some issues with trying to decide the placement of all of my images, and trying to make sure it is easy to read. I will see after critique on Wednesday what everyone thinks about what I have, and possible changes that are needed.


Knee Assignment

This is the second assignment in Anatomical Visualization. The assignment was to draw the knee in a three-quarter anteriolateral view. In the first part of the assignment I had to construct a box that surrounded the knee in which the sides of the box corresponded to the coronal, sagittal, and transverse planes of the knee. In the second part of the assignment I had to draw a mid-sagittal section of the knee, showing how it resides in the mid-sagittal plane. In the third part of the assignment I had to visually show the idea of flexion and extension of the knee within the sagittal plane.

I did not have too many problems with this project. I had some trouble in creating the box that surrounds my drawing, but I spent most of my time working on drawing the knee. I started by getting rough sketches of the knee  from a model provided for the class. Once I had a base drawing I used the bones from my bone box as a reference for shape and surface texture. I looked at several references to try and depict the internal structure of the bones. I found that there are various ways in which spongy bone has been depicted. So, I used the references as well as my own bones to draw the spongy bone.