The importance of medical visualization cannot be overestimated. The medical illustrator/animator is both artist and scientist - the storyteller of the living world. Their work touches everyone, as they educate physicians, patients, students and many others, and help to advance the sciences. It is indeed a fascinating field that has an incredible impact, and can itself be a very rewarding career.
I've long been fascinated with medical illustration and animation - the beautiful details of an unseen world within our bodies that these artists provide for the benefit of all of us. And 3D programs like Pixologic's ZBrush play an integral part in the advancement of medical visualization.
ZBrush itself is the industry standard digital sculpting application used in so many industries: from feature films to video games, and even artisan jewelers are using it. With tons of functionality and wonderful customizable brushes, you can create incredible 3D models in far less time than typical modeling tools.
The ZBrush community is vast, and the work that artists are doing with ZBrush is incredible. The annual ZBrush community event, the ZBrush Summit is always a huge deal.
At the 2019 ZBrush Summit, Newt Studios' Alexey Kashpersky and Mike Moran gave an excellent presentation on how they use ZBrush in their work. Below is a link to the recording of Alexey and Mike's presentation "Visualizing Biological Wonders - ZBrush Workflows in Scientific Animation."
- Newt Studios Demo Reel
- Field of Biomedical Visualization
- Mike Moran's story
- Newt's Creative Process
- Alexey Kashpersky's story
- ZBrush Demo -- Creating a highly-detailed cinematic Neuron model
(click image to see the full video)
If you are interested in a career in medical illustration and animation, a great place to start is the website of the Association of Medical Illustrators. There is a wealth of info there, and be sure to check out some past featured medical illustrator/animator interviews right here on Renderosity Magazine (links below).
Past articles in the Medical Visualization series
- Interview with Medical Animator, Joel Dubin
- Interview with Medical Illustrator, Peg Gerrity
- Interview with Medical Illustrator, Nobles Green II
- Interview with President of the Association of Medical Illustrators, Wendy Hiller Gee
Nick C Sorbin (Nick Charles) is a former Managing Editor of 9 years for Renderosity's CG Industry News. By day, a mild-mannered Certified Pharmacy Technician working in both home infusion and a hospital ER, contrasting creative outlets as a digital artist, sculptor, musician, singer/songwriter, and Staff Writer for Renderosity Magazine. Read his articles