The End Is Nigh

The end of my first semester in the Biomedical Visualization program is quickly approaching.  Several large projects that have been works in progress throughout the semester are nearing completion, and the next couple of weeks are going to be hectic.  It’s been one hell of a ride so far, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down until the day of graduation – but I’m looking forward to it.  As busy as it all of it has been, each day has offered an even more awesome, revelatory, and bizarre experience than the last.  Next semester I start the intro courses for the Anaplastology program.  That means I’ll be taking Craniofacial Anatomy… which means, dear reader, yet *another* semester of blogs, filled with wondrously detailed stories from the cadaver lab. Oh joy!  I’ll be bisecting human heads in my sleep come summertime.

The Anaplastology portion of the program is looking more and more interesting with every visit to the Craniofacial Clinic.  I’ve been volunteering with two other BVIS students this semester and we finally got some materials experience this week.  We worked with one of the second year students and learned how to make a proper mold of an ear, which in turn will be turned into a plaster cast.  This would typically be done on a patient in order to make a mirror match for an ear prosthesis.  It’s a very complicated and involved process which involves implanting posts in the bones of the skull for attachment, working with gold palladium hardware, soldering, casting, silicon injection, 3-D printing,  and a  host of other processes  of which I have only seen a fraction.  As limited as my experience may be in the area of prosthesis construction, I’m really looking forward to putting my skills in silversmithing and casting into practice.  BFA, don’t fail me now!

As far as the anatomy class is concerned, we are rapidly running out of body parts to dissect as we make our final descent into the lower limbs.  We have been working on the various compartments of the leg this past week and will be moving into the foot next week, followed closely by our final test.  After working on the head and neck for so many grueling hours, meticulously dissecting out tiny structures, working on the leg is like stumbling upon an oasis in the desert.  Humongous structures! Deep, muscular valleys and high, fatty peaks!  This section has been relatively tame compared to previous dissections – nothing nearly as cringe-worthy as, say, complete disembowelment or skinning off a face.  But I’ll get to repeat the whole process again next semester, so, stay tuned for that.

In my last post I was finishing up my last illustration project, which consisted of a multilayer drawing of a body, an anatomically correct skeleton fit inside said body, and then correctly positioning several organs within the skeleton.  I made a last minute change to the project which I think was a smart choice.  While the majority of the class produced a fleet of ripped, Greco-Roman supermen, I decided to draw someone with a li’l meat on his bones!  Behold!

A model  of masculinity to emulate

It was a rousing success and I felt good about the outcome.  I think we can all agree that full-figured men just don’t get the time in the spotlight they deserve.   More husky drawings to come!