December 15, 2016

Dan Hermansen Awarded the Bob Waters Memorial Scholarship

Second-year student Dan Hermansen was awarded the Bob Waters Memorial Scholarship to attend the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in Orlando, FL in January, 2017.  Mr. Waters was a committed champion for healthcare simulation and Dan’s thesis topic makes him the ideal recipient of this Scholarship. Dan selected a thesis topic that will allow him to explore his interest in virtual and augmented reality and their applications for medical training.  He is working with a pathology team at Johns Hopkins to develop a virtual reality interactive tool to improve instruction and performance of proper dissection technique for hospital autopsy.  His thesis preceptor is Dr. Jody Hooper; his faculty advisor is David Rini. The Waters Scholarship will support Dan’s registration and travel to attend the 2017 IMSH meeting as well as a one year membership in the Society for Stimulation in Healthcare.  Congratulations, Dan!
November 2, 2016

A Close Look – Figure Drawing

The best places to start for learning about our Portfolio Categories is the Sample Portfolio page – and the Admissions page – Let’s take a look at the Figure Drawing category. We consider Figure Drawing to be the advanced study of the human figure drawn from direct observation of the model. Examples should include both long and short poses and may be rendered in a variety of media. We ask for a minimum of 5 Figure Drawings, a majority of which should be long poses but please include a couple of short pose drawings as well (see below). Your Figure Drawings should include the full figure, head to toe. Portraits and hand and foot studies are considered General Drawing. Short Poses Short poses are demonstrations of quick gestural sketches from direct observation ranging from 1 minute to 30 minutes in length. These drawings are intended to capture the essence of the figure’s mass, gesture, weight bearing and balance Take a look at these short poses. Both capture the full figure. In the first, with only a few seconds, the artist captured good proportions and perspective. The cast shadow adds depth and weight to the quickly outlined figure. In […]
November 1, 2016

Surgical Illustration Critique – December 8th, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 4:00 to 5:15 pm Chevy Chase Auditorium of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Zayed Tower This event is an opportunity for our faculty and guests to review our second year graduate student’s surgical illustrations. 28 illustrations will be on display and fourteen of them will be formally critiqued in the Chevy Chase Auditorium. The educational and teaching value of the images is of highest concern and we value input from all perspectives. It should be a stimulating critique and an opportunity to preview some outstanding work. We hope you can attend. Closest Parking – Orleans Street Garage, 1795 Orleans Street, Baltimore, MD 21231 (4th floor of the garage has a bridge to the main floor of the Hospital)                             Map PDF Invitation PDF
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!