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.
Pen and ink might be a medium best left to graphic novelists and those who don’t drink a lot of coffee. In an attempt to make myself a little more well rounded, I (as well as the entire Illustration Techniques class) took a stab at the fine art of pen-and-ink: traditional style. Among the flashbacks of colonial-themed summer camps, I managed to produce a few reasonable ink-ings for someone who grew up in front of a computer perfecting the rate of her words-per-minute.
Now I can, in no way, take all (if any) the credit here. These images are copies of a great series of practice drawings developed by professional pen-and-inker Gerald P. Hodge, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Medical Illustrators in 1988.
If anything, practicing pen and ink shows how meticulous of an art it is, and it requires multitudes of practice to learn and perfect. Regardless of any other technical expertise in art, especially in a time far removed from using quills and pens dipped in ink for every day use, it is nearly impossible to pick up a pen and create a masterful work. And when maybe you do, ink splatters out of the pen onto your drawing (see spot on blood vessel). So, anyone attempting this for the first time (or even the 70th) shouldn’t feel discouraged.
Although my main goal for this blog is Medical Illustration, I would love to share some artists and professionals who channel anatomy and medicine into their own craft! I found this video some time ago, an Etsy feature of Kiva Ford (one of their sellers) who works full time as a Scientific Glassblower, an extremely skilled glassblower who creates custom laboratory glassware. I hadn’t ever considered such a career existed, and instantly realized it’s kinship to medical illustration – since occasionally people don’t realize medical illustrators exist!
Handmade Portraits: Kiva Ford from Etsy on Vimeo.
Kiva Ford additionally makes all kinds of expertly crafted glass objects for sale on Etsy. Link here.
Don’t these just make your heart melt?
For more information about Scientific Glassblowing, here is the link to the American Scientific Glassblowers Society! http://www.asgs-glass.org/Scientific-Glassblowing/default.asp