Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have some questions? Contact me anytime. Here are some common questions.
That all depends on the complexity of the drawing. I estimate the amount of hours an image might take, from sketch to final, and determine if it falls under a category of simple, moderate, or complex. Most images are liscensed to the end user, however, copyright can be transferred for an additional cost.
An artist creates a piece of art and therefore owns the copyright to his or her work by default. However, the copyright may be transferred to the client in a copyright transfer contract. Most clients assume they NEED to own the copyright, without understanding why or how. There are other options that allow broad usage of artwork without copyright transfer, such as exclusive licensing. Licensing is a more afforable way to purchase images. Clients should contact me personally regarding these concerns.
If you find yourself, at a young age, enjoying to draw and you are obsessed with perfection and detail, then medical illustration may be the path for you. It is a small niche and highly competitve, and your greatest chance of success would be to attend one of the four accredited medical illustration graduate school programs. As an undergraduate, you should major in biology or pre-med with as many art electives as possible. Try to attend figure drawing classes or clubs with live models. If your interests include 3D medical illustration or animation, a figure drawing club or course will still cover most of the basics of understanding light on form.
Both. My background is actually in biological sciences. I find that medical illustrators need to be scientists and understand both basic and complex science in order to create renderings. We are the decision makers in how to visually tell a scientific story.
I am an Adobe Photoshop Master. I work better and more efficiently with Photoshop than with a pencil. The digital age of art gives projects the edge to be executed and manipulated quickly and effortlessly. I also use Adobe Illustrator and InDesign for labeling, mockups, and vector based artwork.
Obviously, da Vinci, Max Brödel, Netter, Krstic are classic geniuses when it comes to medical illustration and I use them most often as inspiration. But additionally, I can't get enough of Drew Struzan when it comes to portraiture and poster design. He is the mastermind behind the most famous movie posters, including Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Harry Potter, and Star Wars, to name a few.