November 1, 2016

Portfolio Submission Program – Now Open

Today, November 1st, is the first day applicants can begin building their Portfolio and answering Applicant Profile questions to apply for 2017 admission to the Medical and Biological Illustration graduate program. Here’s a link to our SlideRoom portfolio upload website:       The submission site is intuitive, but there are also wonderful resources provided by SlideRoom to help applicants with the technical side of the site. Just today, I received an email from the SlideRoom team about their tips pages. Take a look at the page – Tips for Getting Started as a New SlideRoom Applicant. As we don’t use the Common Application and don’t take references through SlideRoom, those sections won’t apply. However, there are some helpful sections like “Create and confirm your account,” “Begin your application” and “Add media.” You might also take a look at this page of SlideRoom Support about File Sizes and Types or this blog post also discussing file sizes and types. As you begin making your selections for your portfolio, I recommend reviewing the Sample Portfolio page and this blog post about what to include and what to avoid in the portfolio. I’m also in the process of looking closely at each […]
October 24, 2016

A Close Look – General Drawing

The best place to start is the Sample Portfolio – The faculty describe General Drawing as “[demonstrating] a wide variety of technique and styles. The main aspects are the understanding of light on form and the skill of direct observation from nature. This may range from landscape studies to still life, animal or plant subjects, and hand or foot studies.” Notice that many pieces show attention to detail, display good draftsmanship, and are tightly rendered. The amaryllis root bulb and the peanuts falling from the paper bag in particular show close observation skills. There is also a distinct light source, showing good form and atmospheric perspective, a focus point of tighter rendering and a background that begins to fade away. Some examples may show a distinctive style but not at the cost of good form, proportions, and perspective. The landscape in particular has several distinctive marks yet conveys a believable depth and sense of space. Some examples may have been drawn quickly but most probably took some time to complete. A hand and/or foot study is encouraged. When building your portfolio with examples of the five portfolio categories, our Sample Portfolio page can help you determine how many from […]
October 19, 2016

Step One – Art Portfolio and Applicant Profile

The last post discussed the science prerequisites to the program and why they’re important. Now it’s time to begin looking at the Admissions process, the Art Portfolio and Applicant Profile, and what the faculty look for in sample artwork from each category. Step One – Art Portfolio and Applicant Profile The faculty invite you to share examples of your art from the five portfolio categories: General Drawing, Figure Drawing, Color Media, Graphic Design, and Digital Media. You’re allowed up to 20 pieces of art with up to 4 detail images. For a discussion on detail slides, take a look at this blog post. For a discussion on what to include and what to avoid, take a look at this blog post. We use a SlideRoom website to share the portfolio art with the faculty on our Admissions Committee. The website is user-friendly, and the excellent support staff at SlideRoom are very helpful with technical questions about their site, types and size of files, etc. Our program upload period runs from November 1st to January 15th. All portfolios should be submitted by January 15th to be considered by the faculty for matriculation in early August of the same year. The website […]
October 18, 2016

Hopkins Medicine Magazine – Illustrations of Jennifer Fairman

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Jennifer Fairman whose artwork is published in the Hopkins Medicine magazine article “Cooking Up Bone Replacement.” Highlighting the research of Associate Professor Dr. Warren Grayson and his team,  this article explores “…3-D printing, or so-called additive manufacturing, which creates 3-D objects from a digital/computer file by piling on successive, ultrathin layers of materials.” They hope to develop precisely engineered replacement bones for the head and face. Ms. Fairman’s illustrations show the materials and ‘recipe’ used in Dr. Grayson’s research to create these complex engineered replacement bones. The design for the illustrations was inspired by Cook’s Illustrated magazine.
October 17, 2016

Sandra Gabelli discusses PI3K and cancer cells

Assistant Professor Sandra Gabelli discuses how better understanding the structure of PI3K, a lipid kinase, helps select treatments that target cancer cells. YouTube – For more information –
October 11, 2016

Prerequisite Sciences – any advice?

The first-year Medical and Biological Illustration students just took their last exam in the med-student Human Anatomy course on Monday! This is likely the toughest course in medical school anywhere in the world, and, unlike the medical students who earn pass/fail marks, our students earn letter grades. Because the Hopkins Human Anatomy course starts within the first month of classes, it is essential that incoming students enter our program with a firm foundation in preparatory sciences. To help best prepare applicants for the challenging sciences taken during our program, the Admissions faculty have selected 4 sciences that will offer incoming students the minimum preparation for success at Hopkins. All applicants are required to complete all 4 prerequisite sciences prior to enrollment in the program (August, 2017). At least 2 must be completed prior to submitting your portfolio by January 15th. Taking more than the minimum can offer better preparation and a better knowledge base for a future career in medial illustration. Vertebrate Anatomy with dissection lab A strong Vertebrate Anatomy lecture class combined with a hands-on dissection lab is essential preparation for the science classes taken during the program at Hopkins. Artists who have hands-on experience with dissection develop a tactile […]
October 10, 2016

Admissions season approaching

The faculty and staff of Art as Applied to Medicine are looking forward to Admissions 2017. In just 12 days, on November 1, 2016, the Step One – Portfolio and Applicant Profile website opens for the 2017 admissions year. Applicants will then be able to login and begin building their Portfolio and answering the Applicant Profile questions for the 2017 “Program” in SlideRoom. That means now is the perfect time to review the admissions requirements for the Medical and Biological Illustration graduate program, to double check your transcripts, and to take another look at our Sample Portfolio. We encourage applicants to login early and review the website, questions and info requested for each portfolio piece. This can be helpful when planning ahead for the January 15th, 2017, submission date. As always, if you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us – or Request Information. More posts on the Admissions Blog.
September 26, 2016

30th Reunion for the Class of 1986 

The graduating class of 1986 gathered for their 30th year reunion in Baltimore the weekend of Sept 24 – 25.  The event included a reception in the department; alumni shared their diverse career experiences since grad school, mingled with current students and faculty, and toured the department.  A visit to the BMA, lots of great food (including a crab feast) and joyful camaraderie rounded out the weekend.  All seven students in the class of 1986 attended!  Color photo (2016), L to R: Mark Miller, Diane Hodgkins, Tim Vojt, Cory Sandone, Lorraine Sneed, Joel Katz and Sarita Hleap. Black and White photo (1986), L to R:  Diane, Joel, Lorraine, Mark, Cory, Tim and Sarita.
September 20, 2016

Medical Illustration Students Participate in Coating Ceremony

Our second year graduate students from the Class of 2017 participated in the white coat ceremony organized by the Graduate Student Association (GSA) of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  All seven students successfully completed their first year coursework and have begun their surgical illustration and thesis work.  They were presented with lab coats embroidered with their name and Hopkins SOM logo, and coated by graduate program chair, Cory Sandone.  The event took place on September 2, 2016 in the historic Hurd Hall, followed by a reception. L to R: Ellie Bailey, Katie Bergdale, Sarah Chen, Dan Hermansen, Julia Lerner, Nick Reback and Li Yao; Top: before ceremony; Bottom: after the ceremony and oath, wearing their white coats. Congratulations all!
July 12, 2016

JHU – Alumni Dinner – 2016 AMI Meeting!

This year’s JHU Alumni Dinner will be held on Thursday, July 21st at 7:00pm at No Más! Cantina in Castleberry Hill, Atlant’s Historic Creative District. The group will be split into tables of 10 and seated upon arrival. Bring cash as payment will be by table. Sign up: Please RSVP to the Facebook event by Friday, July 15th! If you don’t have a Facebook account, please email also by Friday! There will be a list behind the registration desk at the AMI meeting. Getting there: No Más! offers valet on Thursday evening, $2/car, but taking Uber from the hotel is the best bet. Alumna Meredith Gillespie is organizing this evening. Thank you Meredith! She, Cory, Jeni and Gary look forward to seeing you at the Dinner!   No Más! Cantina (Upstairs dining area) 180 Walker St SW Atlanta, GA  30313 404-574-5678
July 12, 2016

Juan Garcia featured in Fortune magazine!

Associate Professor Juan Garcia was interviewed for Fortune magazine’s article “The Future of Work Is Eye-Opening.” One of 16 individuals, Juan discusses how advanced 3D technologies is changing the work of clinical Anaplastology – the creation of custom facial, ocular, and non-weight bearing prostheses. Mr. Garcia is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Facial Prosthetics Clinic and the Clinical Anaplastology Training Program. Congratulations Juan!    
July 12, 2016

Graduates of 2016!

Congratulations to the Class of 2016 on your recent graduation from the Medical and Biological Illustration graduate program. You’ve all done excellent work during the program, and we look forward to seeing the wonderful work you’ll do as professional medical illustrators. CONGRATULATIONS TO: