Wednesday, 20 April 2011

The Pregnant Body Book is reaching its due date

Its not long now before the new book by Dorling Kindersley hits the shops and web sites and reveals an amazing amount of detailed imagery on the stages of pregnancy. This project which I worked on as senior 3D artist with Rajeev Doshi of Medi-Mation hopes to have stretched the levels of beauty and detail that has been previously seen, and takes things to the next level. Stay tuned and I shall report on it in detail when it is released.

The Complete Human Body

Friday, 8 April 2011

A Beautiful Book on the Human Anatomy

Its been a couple of years or so now since I really started to get my teeth into medical illustration and anatomical illustration, with one of my first large projects being months of work on the model set and artwork for The Complete Human Body book published by Dorling Kindersely. I worked closely with Rajeev Doshi of Medi-mation and together we worked very hard to produce what is probably one of the highest levels of 3D human anatomy illustration that has been published in a book to date. The level of detailing on the skeletal system, muscular system and the rest of the anatomy comes from many hours of anatomy study and the consultation given by Dr Alice Roberts. If you are looking for a high level of visual reference or academic reference on the human body that is both beautiful and highly informative then this is the human body book for you.

The Complete Human Body

If you wish to get a preview of the quality of the book then check out this link

Thursday, 2 September 2010

My disarticulated skull model

I recently worked on a model of a 3D disarticulated skull with Pixologics ZBrush. It was quite a large project to take on in the way of ensuring accuracy and especially the accuracy of the sutures in order for a perfect fit, one piece to the next. This is a temporary turntable that needs updating with the many parts of the ethmoid remaining together as one piece. I will reveal the production process involved in this later in the year. In the mean time if you want to see it in high quality print you should check out Dorling Kindersleys 'The Complete Human Body' which I worked on heavily last year and earlier this year.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Disarticulated Skull

Well its been a while since I posted anything on here as time really hasn't permitted as i have had lots on the go. I recently received my disarticulated skull from Bone Clones, which cost me in all around £1050, itha tax and postage etc. I have produced a very detailed 3D disarticulated skull which will appear in a book to be released in September, but more about that at a later date. In the mean time here is something I came across in my research which in my opinion is one of the better 3D disarticulated skulls out there, along with a very useful turntable animation and dialogue.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Sunday, 21 February 2010

La Specola

Long before Plastination changed the way the public were able to view anatomy there was a trend for making anatomical replicas in wax between the late 1500's and the 1700's. There is a large collection of these wax anatomical specimens on display at the Museum of Zoology and Natural History "La Specola"  Florence, within 10 of its 34 exhibiting rooms.

Some amazing photos on Flickr

extract from the museums website:
The Museum is particularly proud of its collection of anatomic waxes, an art introduced in Florence by Ludovico Cigoli (1559-1613), which enjoyed its maximum period of splendour and technical and scientific accuracy during the 18th century. The most famous representative of wax sculpture was Clemente Susini (1754-1814) who made the most important pieces of the collection in the laboratory of the Museum (that has not been in use for Down a century).
The most important pieces of the wax collection is represented by the group of waxes by Gaetano Zumbo (1656-1701), which possess an extraordinary artistic value besides representing excellent anatomical models.


Saturday, 20 February 2010

Wellcome Museum of Anatomy and Pathology

Whilst there are traveling exhibitions displaying human anatomy in a way we may presume has never been done before there are in fact many institutes and museums offering a much greater learning experience and better opportunities to come in to close contact with anatomical specimens. One which I am looking to visit in the coming month is the Wellcome Museum of Anatomy and Pathology which is designed to be a learning resource for students and professionals that study or work within the medical arena. With over 2000 wet preparations (A method of preparing specimens for examination in which they are kept in their liquid state or suspended in a liquid, rather than being dried and then examined.) , disarticulated bones, models and slides amongst many other interesting learning aids. You can visit there as part of a group study outing or even arrange for a private study and is often booked for large groups and presentations, as well as offering workshops and courses. The address is Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields London. TEL: 020 7869 6560 for visiting inquiries.

BODIES on exhibition

Since Gunthar von Hagens developed and released the plastination process, and with the success of the 'BODY WORLDS' exhibitions there have been numerous similar exhibitions presenting anatomy in more or less the same manor. One of the main differences between Body Worlds and other 'body shows' such as Bodies the Exhibition is how the specimens are sourced. Many people are now aware of the volunteer system that was set up by GvH and co. and that they no longer need to purchase and source bodies from certain controversial suppliers as previously covered by the international media. Although it is apparent that the specimens at other exhibitions have been sourced in not such an ethical manner.

Looking at the skeletal structure of the specimens on show at Bodies the Exhibition in New York I noticed extremely thin bones of the pelvis and scapular of many of the bodies on show, which from what I understand is a clear sign of illness or malnutrition. One of the specimens I looked at even had perforations through the Ilium. I did quite a lot of research into this subject for my dissertation and was quite surprised at what I discovered.

On a positive note one of the most amazing things that I saw was within a darkened room filled with many glass presentation cabinets containing whole or sectioned parts of the cardiovascular system, with the arteries dyed in red. The main lighting in the room was from within the cabinets which brilliantly illuminated the specimens. Here is an example from Body Worlds 4:
and here is another interesting example showing the renal arteries:
and finally the lower arm:

All images Copyright ©Gunther von Hagens, Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany,

Extract from Bodyworlds web site:
Dr. Gunther von Hagens is the world’s leading anatomist, the inventor of Plastination (the method of specimen preservation that makes anatomical display possible), and the originator of BODY WORLDSKOERPERWELTEN (its German title), the first of its kind anatomical exhibition. Dr. von Hagens invented Plastination at the University of Heidelberg in 1977, developed the use of plastinated specimens for medical education and preservation, and established the International Society for Plastination. More than 400 universities in 40 countries utilize Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ preservation technique in their curriculum.