Hepatitis Ad

This semester I’m taking an independent study to learn about the programs Mudbox and Zbrush. There’s two projects total I have to work on, each in one program. Today I turned in my first assignment done in Mudbox. I decided to do cirrhosis to raise awareness on hepatitis b/c testing. I modeled the liver from a sphere in Mudbox as well as painted it and added the bumps (nodules) in Mudbox too. I then exported it to 3ds max and did a render composite in Photoshop.

In surgical illustration we had to create a black/white illustration of a surgical procedure for a medical audience. The surgery I saw was for dialysis patients where a vascular access is prepared in order to maximize the amount of blood cleansed during dialysis treatments. There are three kinds of vascular accesses, an arteriovenous fistula (AVF), an arteriovenous graft, and an venous catheter. The one I saw was the AVF which means that the vein was attached to the artery.

Medical Logos

For our second assignment in advanced graphic design we had to pick three branches of medicine and create a logo for each. The challenge in this assignment was to create a cohesive look between all three branches while visualizing a concept in each branch. I chose the branches of allergology (study of allergies), hematology (study of blood), and adenology (the study of glands). I decided that because all of my branches dealt with a microscopic process the structures would be simplified and the viewer would see it from a microscopic lens. The concept I illustrated from allergology is attack, hematology is flow and adenology is secretion.


Higgs Boson

This semester I’m taking Advanced Graphic Design. For our first project we had to design a communication piece for Higgs Boson. Higgs Boson (also known as the “God Particle”) is the elementary particle in the Standard Model of particle physics. It was a major recent scientific discovery that is compared to the discovery of the electron that gave us electricity. There’s a lot of excitement around this discovery as it can lead to major scientific breakthroughs, however this discovery is majorly unknown to the public. My personal goal in this project was to create something that would attract the public and lead them to a place where they could learn more.

Surgical Instruments

These are the line illustrations of surgical instruments done for Surgical Orientation. Done in Adobe Illustrator.

Cross Section of Eye

This line illustration of the cross section of a eye was done for Clinical Sciences. Done is Adobe Illustrator.

IPhone App

In the interactive class I took in the summer we learned how to use the programs Flash, Edge and Hype. Our main project was to create a prototype of a iphone or ipad app. Below is the iphone app I created for bug bite identification. There’s the sitemap and samples of the design.


Independent Study

During the summer I met with the Director of Transdisciplinary Pathology at UIC Dr. Balla and Associate Professor Dr. Setty for a project intended to expand my knowledge of histology. We decided on a website that would be a tutorial on how to interpret renal biopsies. I created 25 diagrammatic illustrations done in Adobe Illustrator in the 12 weeks of summer. Here’s a sample.

3ds max exercises

Between our three assignments in computer visualization we had five exercises that introduced us to modeling, texturing and lighting techniques. The first exercise is red blood cells within a blood vessel, the second is a syringe (I later added the needle), the third is a hemostat, the fourth is a molecule imported from the Protein Data Bank and the fifth is a retopology of my face. The molecule I chose is insulin and is my favorite of the exercises. The retopology is my least favorite, we had our picture taken with a special software that captures a 3D image and then imported it into 3ds max to reduce the mesh. To the left is the 3d image and to the right is the mesh I created. It was really creepy to work with a high-definition 3d image of yourself.

Tom Jones

For our third assignment in illustration techniques we had to create a color reproduction of a black/white Tom Jones illustration. Tom Jones is the founder of the Biomedical Visualization program at UIC (the second medical illustration program in the country), helped establish the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) and was AMI’s first president. The illustration I chose was in one of my textbooks, an illustration of the hypogastric plexus. This was our first time working in color and I was surprised how much trouble it was to work in color. I’ll have to work out a better system. Done in Photoshop.