Friday, August 26, 2011

Hip Bone Hank and My Adventures in Anatomy

So, the first project that I was assigned at Hopkins is a 100 year old tradition that all my predecessors have done. The assignment was to draw/paint a hipbone using carbon dust. It's been a while since I've done a true technical drawing so getting used to measuring, sketching, transferring and dusting took a bit of effort.
What i've come to realize is that carbon dust may be the strangest medium I have used. It seems to be unbelievably fragile but plastic all at the same time. We called this a drawing, but it felt more like I was painting since we used paint brushes to layer on the tone.

After we finished the carbon dust drawing. We scanned it and did a computer exercise. I relearned illustrator and came realize what an awesome program it is. (prior to this exercise, I had beef with the pen tool) I decided to outline the muscular origins of the hip bone in the three different regions.

After the first two projects, we were then thrown into gross anatomy. So far it's been a bizarre experience. I was given a "bone box"(which is quite literally a box of bones) and it's been sitting in my closet for a week or so.

Now the lab portion is great and all, but the readings for this class have completely consumed my life. I spend half of my day in lecture and lab and the rest sitting in my room reading and drawing pictures of body parts.
Anatomy may consume my life and cause me anxiety almost all through out the day, but so far this class has been quite awesome and it's full of cool information.

view from my awesome studio!

About a month has passed since I've moved back and I am pleased to say that it's been better this time around. I have experienced an earthquake (which happened on the 1st day of anatomy) and will brave a hurricane in 24 hours. It's been an epic start to my semester.