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This was my final assignment for my surgical illustration class. Over the course of the semester we had the privilege of observing several surgeries and taking notes and illustrations in sketchbooks. We were actually able to stand in the gallery in pairs, behind or beside the surgeons, ask questions, and view the surgery up close. I saw 2 open heart surgeries (a quadruple bypass and a triple bypass), 2 brain surgeries (one to insert probes to find an epileptic locus and one to remove a tumor) and this one, which was a laparoscopic total colectomy (removing someone's colon due to polyps which could lead to cancer).

For this particular surgery, however, we were in a separate room viewing the surgery through a live video feed while the surgeon answered questions via a microphone she had attached to her. The reason for this was because it was laparoscopic, which means we wouldn't have been able to see anything in real life anyway. Having a video recording of it was great too, because when we were working on our detailed sketches, we really benefitted from being able to view parts over and over again (you have no idea how much everything looks like everything else -_- ).

Anyway, the work that went into this was painstaking, but by the time I got around to being able to paint the main step there it was really relaxing!

I don't think I'd want to do surgical illustration for a living, but it was an amazing experience!

Media were watercolour/pencil and Adobe Illustrator CS4.
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elizabethnixon|Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool! What school do you go to! I really like your technique.
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Strayfish|Professional Interface Designer
I graduated from the University of Toronto, in Biomedical Communications :D
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classicfan|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The watercolour shading is soooo lovely :D Plus, the details! Dayum.
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Strayfish|Professional Interface Designer
Thank you so much!
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PseudoTumor|Professional General Artist
This is fascinating and very well done!
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Strayfish|Professional Interface Designer
Hey, thanks! :D
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