In mid-April, the Biomedical Communications program hosted Yvan Freund, a visiting illustrator and professor of medical illustration from the Haute école des arts du Rhin in Strasbourg. Yvan led us through a fabulous “living écorché” workshop, in which students (and faculty) had a chance to paint surface anatomy directly onto the skin of our very obliging model. (The paint is a kind used for theatre makeup: completely safe and easily removed.)
Comics & Medicine: From Private Lives to Public Health (June 26-29, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore) was an amazing conference. The program was exceptional: as always, it was hard to choose between concurrents, with so many exciting presentations and workshops happening at once. Ellen Forney’s final keynote address about her graphic memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me was a show-stopper.
Lydia Gregg, the superhuman B’more organiser, created this poster along with other fabulous artwork for the event.
One of the high points of my trip to the UK was giving a spur-of-the-moment talk to my dear friends’ daughter’s primary school class, entitled “What Does a Medical Illustrator Do?”. Together we assembled a map of the human body, placing organs in their location on a life-sized paper outline (traced from a class volunteer), and talking about what the various organs do. At the end of the day I received a sheaf of hand-drawn thank-you notes, which I will cherish.