September 3, 2009
With the imminent return of the internationally-acclaimed Bodyworlds exhibit coming up in mere weeks at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, the OSC has begun preparations for the museum space and surroundings…
one of which will be a new gallery exhibition, entitled ‘ANATOMIA: An Exhibition Exploring the Art and Science of Anatomy.’
This new gallery show will augment the entrance to the Bodyworlds pavillion, and aims to showcase prominent anatomy-based visual artworks from talented student and alumni artists recently emerging from Sheridan College, U of T and the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD). I am proud to write that both my work and I will be included in this installment, featuring my ‘Anatomy of the Head and Neck’ illustration (see below!).
In addition to my submission, I have also volunteered my time to help create a visual identity for the exhibition, based on a project brief supplied by the curator in charge. Essentially, the logo itself should combine both ancient traditional influence and modern sciences – translated through old Greek letterforms, contrasted by the modern english alphabet – to create a unique treatment that accommodates the museum, the exhibit and the art itself. Thus, the challenge is to effectively combine these two worlds, and produce a recognizable and legible logo for the word ‘Anatomia.’
My first step was to research exactly what the word looked like in various typefaces and positions, and to consider how they might interact; ultimately, I decided that a combination of both ancient Greek letterforms and modern English letters would probably work best, perhaps with a minor graphic element to offset the word and make it interesting…
Look for the exhibit, the artwork, this logo + poster (and say hi to me) at the Ontario Science Centre later this month when you come to see the return of Bodyworlds!
August 20, 2009
Anyone who’s as excited about the union between science and art as I am should certainly browse and appreciate the work of NY-based paleoartist, Viktor Deak.
I discovered his work after reading this blogpost, and was thoroughly impressed not only by his work, but also by the attention and publicity it has received. Now an internationally renowned paleoartist, Deak’s long list of collaborators includes many big names, institutions and companies.
For more info / content, click the following links:
interview w/ NY Times
Viktor Deak’s Portfolio
panorama of Deak’s studio
April 6, 2009
On a lazy Sunday afternoon, I finally got around to some sketching that I’ve been meaning to tackle since I took reference photos at the ROM in 2008: dinosaur anatomy reconstruction, based on fossil evidence.
Dwelling on my pathological anatomy illustration experience during my time at the University of Guelph back in 2007 I decided to attempt a 2D anatomical reconstruction of a type of extinct raptor. Aided by googled images of bird heads and musculature, anatomical textbook limb references, shots of various animal cadavers from the dissections @ Guelph and a few photos of my former pet iguana, I was able to produce a decent sketch of what could turn into a convincing, accurate series of renderings.
Yes, I should have been spending this time working on my website layout, but no, that would not have been as entertaining. Although I like where this image is going, after considering the pose of the animal, I don’t think i’ll bother to render a final version of this raptor… however, with a better understanding of the anatomy, I might conceive a better composition later….