The best thing about going to school in Chicago is that there’s never a lack of things going on around here. I was pretty giddy when I heard Street Anatomy’s Vanessa Ruiz was curating a show only about one L stop away, and even more ridiculously excited when I saw it featured on Juxtapoz Magazine’s site. And I was going. To an event featured on Juxtapoz. I felt like I had finally entered the art world. Cincinnati’s art scene is great, but this was the major league (atleast as far as my experiences had been). And the event really didn’t disappoint.
Objectify This! essentially summed up everything I ever tried to do in my BFA senior thesis. Beautifully painted female nudes, exposing what was under the skin. One of my favorite artists was there: Fernando Vicente (who I had researched during my BFA thesis), plus some of my now other favorites (where have you been all my life?). There were anatomy-themed burlesque performances and little anatomically correct heart chocolates that oozed red filling. It seems like the show as made for me. If I only had my mohawk, I could have died happy.
Here’s a run down of the first semester schedule in the first year of University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) graduate program. I’ll be referring to these classes often, so this is a general overview to describe them. Almost all of the classes are required, and I take all of them with the entire entering class of the program (about 17 students).
Seminar in Biomedical Visualization
Information Sources for Biomedical & Health Information Sciences
Gross Human Anatomy
I’ll go through each class and attempt to explain each one. Since this blog entry is lengthy, click the More button below, or the entry title “A Day in the Life” to the left to read about the classes.
As a part of the Gross Anatomy course at UIC, medical illustration students spend a lot of time in the anatomy lab performing cadaver dissection. When I haven’t been “elbow deep” in the dissection, I’ve taken the opportunity to sketch a few of our dissected areas.
Human dissection is a fantastic experience for any medical based career. Illustrations, photographs, textbooks, etc. are hard to compare to personally examining all of the complex parts and systems that make a human function. Dissection makes an equally great resource for creating medical illustrations. The artist can see and arrange compositions from the actual specimen rather than having to piece together information from other sources (which can be a tedious and complicated task!).
During the month-long hiatus, I finally got settled into Chicago and started my first week of classes at the University of Illinois’ Biomedical Visualization graduate program (hooray!). This is already the coolest job ever.
So this is my “bone box” for Anatomy, which at this point seems to be some strange rite of passage for the medical school (as I was walking with it across campus, a woman in a lab coat and scrubs pointed and shouted “Bone Box!”) As a BVIS student, I get to have my own entire box for drawing instead of sharing with a group.
The box contains (almost) 1/2 of a human skeleton, minus the vertebrae and skull. It’s great to have for studying bony features. It does rattle quite a bit, however. 😛
Hopefully, shortly I’ll have some drawings to post for the upcoming projects! Anterior and posterior scapula sketches and how-to poster plans.