Medical Illustration: 10 Facts
19 May 2022
Medical illustration is a rather niche field, with an estimated 2,000 trained practitioners worldwide.
The majority of medical illustrators in the profession have a master's degree from an accredited two-year graduate program in medical illustration, of which there are only four in North America.
The first school of medical illustration was formed in 1911 at Johns Hopkins University.
Some medical illustrators are authors and co-authors of textbooks or articles in which they've made major contributions to the content.
In the past, the majority of medical illustrations were produced for professional use, whereas now there is a growing need for illustrations aimed at the lay public, in order for them to understand the state of their health and medical options.
Attorneys use medical illustration to clarify complex medical information for judges and juries in personal injury and medical malpractice cases.
Medical illustration created for instruction (surgery, anatomy, obstetrics and medicinal plants) first appeared in Hellenic Alexandria during the 4th century BC or early 3rd century BC on individual sheets of papyrus.
Leonardo da Vinci pursued his own anatomy book, and pioneered the use of cross sections and exploded views.
De humani corporis fabrica (The Fabric of the Human Body) of 1543 is probably the most well known book of anatomy. It profoundly changed medical training, anatomical knowledge, and artistic representations of the body, an influence that has persisted over the centuries.
Here at MOTHandRUST, we do create scientific illustrations (seen above) and we can work with specific medical illustrators when required.Posted in: science MandR work illustration
UEG | polish fashion
7 August 2014
Hey the MLE,
I was working on a project that led me to the UEG site the other day, and I thought it was about time I write a post about this fashion brand, as they are so interesting for a number of reasons:
- They are based in Warsaw.
- Their pieces are designed to deteriorate over time, as they are all made of Tyvek, that synthetic fabric that feels like paper. "The deterioration is a way to emphasize and meditate on some of the key ideas of consumerism, like the obsession for the new and the resulting quickness with which new becomes old." Definitely the spirit of MOTHandRUST right?
- Not only do they use only one material, but they also use only 2 non-colours: black or white. No grey.
- They do not distinguish between sexes or seasons.
- One of my favourite artists, Filip Pagowski, has collaborated with them with a line created to raise the awareness of the crucial role bees play in our ecosystem (bottom picture above).
- They just launched in LA in the US of A. I love the photoshoot for the launch (pictured above).
I think MOTHandRUST has a lot in common with UEG. Perhaps a collaboration one day?
29 December 2011
Thought the Israeli illustrator Noma Bar deserved a post. Enjoy.
MLE xPosted in: illustration design
the orphan's arms
1 May 2011
Dear dear MLE,
The weekend last, I happened upon some lovely young lads at the Sunday Up Market drinking cans of 1664 whilst selling their wares. I got the Paris shirt, which I love dearly. Evidently a quote from Cezanne. More from this beautiful quintessentially English label can be found here:
Speak in a couple hours,
MOTHandRUST by mr calvert
17 March 2011
Hey The MLE,
One of my oldest and dearest friends, Mr Calvert, as given us this lovely image. He actually made it a few months ago, prior to our site launch, so it is also further proof of his ability to see into my future. I really miss him. Thanks Steve!
SuzanPosted in: illustration art