Biomedical Visualization

Bone box

Hello. By way of a quick introduction, my name is Ali and I am a graduate student in the Biomedical Visualization program at UIC. I wanted to record my experiences while in the program and share the amazing wealth of information that the BVIS program has to offer. I graduated from UNM with a degree in Fine Art and I am interested in all things anatomical - medical illustration being a prime example. I love to draw, sculpt and build and human anatomy has been the focus of my work for a long time. I'm very excited to be a part of the BVIS program and to finally combine these two interests.

Last week we got to go to the Vitruvian Fine Art Studio and work with two extraordinary artists as part of our orientation. They teach a course on ecorche - sculpting the human body layer by layer, starting with the skeleton. We all started our own models on a wire armature:


A work in progress - but really cool getting to build from the ground up!

This first week has been a lot of preliminary orientation and class introductions, but everything looks like it's going to be a lot of fun. On Thursday I got to visit the Craniofacial Clinic where they work with patients to create realistic facial prosthetics. The anaplastology classes look amazing. Building teeth and eyeballs...what a dream!

We also started our anatomy coursework this week where we get to work with human cadavers. I have always loved dissection in the anatomy classes I've taken in the past, but this...this is different. Working with a real human body is an amazing learning tool for an artist. We are INCREDIBLY lucky to have this opportunity. In addition to the lab, we each got a bone box (pictured above) to help us familiarize ourselves with the structures and to have actual models to work with for our illustrations.

Anywho, this has been a somewhat disjointed rant, but we have covered a on of information this week! And there is a ton more to come... I'll keep you posted.

- Ali