Toronto Notes 2020
This illustration was created collaboratively with Farah Hamade for the forthcoming 2020 publication of Toronto Notes, a study reference for the Canadian MCCQE and USMLE Step II medical licensing exams. The anatomical Vitruvian man concept was provided by the client. Inspired by DaVinci's great work and in consultation with expert anatomist Dr. Anne Agur, we created an illustration that depicts classical human proportions and judiciously simplified underlying internal anatomy.
Client: Toronto Notes
Audience: undergraduate medical students
Format: print (textbook)
Medium: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
Art Direction: Toronto Notes 2020 Editors-in-Chief
Date: September 2019
Concept Sketches & Linear Draft
With the concept provided by the client, we began our design process by ideating different ways to present an anatomical Vitruvian man. As the Toronto Notes publication encompasses all areas of medicine, it was important not to highlight any one specific organ system, but rather to focus on the most 'fundamental' anatomical features of humans, i.e. surface anatomy, skeleton, arterial system, and nervous system. Different degrees of visual complexity were explored and ideas were captured in thumbnail sketches for our client's review and selection. A linear draft was created based on requested modifications to our thumbnails and drafted in close consultation with Dr. Anne Agur, whose expert advice helped us simplify the anatomy to reduce visual complexity, while maintaining a high level of accuracy.
Palette Selection & Final Render
Adding colour to our linear draft, we proposed a cool blue for the skeleton to balance and complement the warmth of the arteries and nerves. Though a black background was originally requested by the client, a deep blue background was proposed with the same rationale as the blue skeleton and eventually adopted. The final render included a textured blue background, which elevated the piece and added visual interest.
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