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Charity Fund Raiser for Cancer Research

16th September 2014

Having almost sworn off running after a serious case of battered knees, Tim somehow found himself up in the Highlands last weekend ready to run, cycle and kayak a gruelling 106 mile, 2-day course across Scotland. Why? To raise money for Cancer Research UK, a cause so many of us are touched by. Not only did Tim and his team mates, Alex King and Rob Davies, come an impressive 53rd out of 500, but they also raised over £3000 for the charity. Read the full article on the Scotland Coast to Coast Race.

Coming Sept 2014 Vesalius Continuum, Zakynthos

2nd June 2014

Versalius Continuum Logo

It's exciting! Anatomy and Art is always exciting, and its being celebrated in the most fantastic way. In September 2014 on the Ionian Island, Zakynthos, it is hosting a number of events to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Flemish physician and anatomy artist Andreas Vesalius.

To all medical artists to this day, Andreas Vesalius is held in respect for his legacy as an anatomist and European humanist and living proof that art and sciences can last through time. To celebrate there will be an international conference on Art and Science with Vesalius in a main role. There will be an exhibition of contemporary medical art alongside a display of historical artefacts and medical illustrations. Organised by Pascale Pollier-Green president of Association Europeenne des Illustrateurs Medicaux et Scientifiques (AEIMS) and no doubt the international conference will be a truly wonderful event.

2nd June 2014

Photograph of a painted dog courtesy of Painted Dog Conservation and the DSWF

As part of the September 2014 exhibition held in honour of Andreas Vesalius, contemporary medical artists have been invited to participate. One of these is MEDinART. MEDinART Creator and Director is Vasia Hatzi, herself a geneticist. Her talents don't stop there though as her passion for science and art have led her to create Bio-Conceptual designs as jewellery found on her own website

Vasia has also been inspired to create MEDinART with a goal to highlight biomedical issues through different forms of art, educate the general public and trigger scientists to communicate their research. Bringing together many amazing med inspired artists.

Work Experience at

6th May 2014

Photograph of a painted dog courtesy of Painted Dog Conservation and the DSWF were approached by 24 year old Hannah Wilgar to see if we could assist her in gaining an insight into the world of being a professional medical artist, through work experience.

If someone that young has so much career enthusiasm we could not say no. So we were very pleased to help Hannah who spent two days with us. Cramming a lot into 2 days, really we needed a week! we showed Hannah how to deal with an art commission from start to finish, learning the new techniques of digital art using a wacom tablet, to having professional advise on running an independant business from studio manager Tim Butler. In return Hannah helped us by formating our illustrations ready for use on our licensing site.

It was a pleasure to have Hannah with us, so thank you Hannah and good luck with your career, we are sure you will do well!

Exhibit of artwork from NYU School of Medicine alumni March 18 - April 30

18th March 2014

Elsevier and the NYU Langone Medical Center proudly present the School of Netter: The 'Michelangelo of Medicine' and His Legacy, an exhibit of artwork from NYU School of Medicine alumni, Frank H. Netter as well as illustrations from current artists carrying on the Netter tradition. The exhibit also features the finalists in the 2013 Netter Atlas Medical Illustration Contest, including Joanna, as she was one of the finalists in this international competition held last year 2013. You happen to be in New York!....then the details are here: Exhibition.

The Student's Anatomy of Stretching Manual

12th March 2014

Now on sale at Amazon, Joanna has completed a project illustrating an anatomy book called the The Student's Anatomy of Stretching Manual.

Consisting of Joanna's 50 full colour illustrations of all different stretching poses, showing in detail the muscle anatomy for each.

With written reference provided on each exercise, Joanna was tasked with creating 50 pencil sketches of all the poses, after which 50 full colour anatomically correct illustration depicting the muscles involved with each stretch.

The 50 essential exercises include stretching, weightlifting, and cardiovascular routines. Aimed at health and fitness trainers, students of sports science, and men and women intent on getting into better physical shape. Its author is Dr. Ken Ashwell is Professor of Anatomy in the Department of Anatomy, School of Medical Sciences, Australia.


Conservation to Save Wildlife~ Donations so far in 2014

4th February 2014

Photograph of a painted dog courtesy of Painted Dog Conservation and the DSWF annually donates one percent of total turnover to charities that help with the conservation of wildlife as part of our One Percent for the Planet Commitment, and preservation of the worlds natural habitat. This year so far we have donated to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DWSF) for a particular cause to help the Painted Dogs Appeal.

The painted dog is one of Africas most endangered animals and one of its least understood. It lives in complex social groups with family very much at its heart.

DSWF has been able to change the perception of the painted dog and to bring the message alive to the many hundreds of young Africans who pass through the DSWF funded residential bush camp in Zimbabwe each year.

We have also contributed to an auction being held by the Ol Pejeta Black Rhino Sanctuary by donating a print of one of Joanna's pieces of art of a young impala. As a non-profit organisation they rely heavily on the generosity of the general public and businesses to continue their efforts to protect the rhino at Ol Pejeta. The auction will take place at the beginning of May for ten days; held internationally through eBay in a similar way to The Independents Elephant Appeal Auction over Christmas.


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Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

6th January 2014

What better way to start the new year then know that has been awarded the contract to be the sole supplier of medical illustration for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh over the next 3 to 4 years. Its exciting to be able to provide our top end medical art and illustration for this prestigious college, to be used in their e-learning systems. We can't wait.


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to You All!

20th December 2013

We would like to wish all of our customers, partners and readers of our website a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the whole Team. 2013 has been another great year for us and we are looking forward to 2014 after a well earned Christmas break.

Most significantly we have brought online our site where we license our stock images, and where we sell our medical illustration products. Both these sister sites are to help us expand our business and provide an even more comprehensive service to our clients.

Wishing you a happy new year for 2014.

Joanna & Tim of The Team

Institute of Medical Illustrators Conference 2013

4th & 5th October 2013

As there is so much to say about conference, including winning more awards for our medical illustrations we have written up a full Institute of Medical Illustrators Conference 2013 report.

Association of Medical Illustrators Conference 2013

17th, 18th & 19th July 2013

This was the first time we have attended an Association of Medical Illustrators conference in North America. We were flattered to be invited to give one of the talks on our experience in producing medical illustrators for mobile devices. Tim gave this talk to a very welcoming audience on the 18th July. You can use this link to get a copy of the talk notes. Use this link if you want to read our full report on the AMI Conference 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Joanna Culley is a Finalist in Elsevier's - Netter Illustration Contest

1st July 2013

Announced only recently we firstly congratulate the medical art 2012 competition winner, Medical Artist Paul Kim. The challenge to create an original illustration with a purpose to show spatial relationships of the nerve root and surrounding structures. Competition created by Book Publisher Elsevier, and the contest winner's work could replace Netter's image in the Atlas of Anatomy! With a grand prize of $5,000.

Joanna Culley entered her original artwork and it was announced she was one of the finalists in this international medical art competition and we feel proud about it. See here for full review Secure Long Term Business Enterprise

29th May 2013

Joanna Culley and her team are proud to announce their new relationship with EIDO healthcare at We shall be providing illustrations on a monthly basis for the foreseable future and we are looking forward to supplying some of our best medical illustration work, to be used in patient consent forms througout the UK National Health Service. EIDO Healthcare was established in June 2000 in response to the growing need in the UK healthcare sector for improvements to the informed consent process. With an ethos that patients need to be properly informed so that they can share in the decision-making process before any medical intervention, and clinicians need support in order to provide timely and comprehensive information to their patients, then we are proud to be part of this revolution in patient consent form care. Team at Medical Artists Association Conference UK

19 April 2013

Joanna & Tim attended this years Medical Artists Association of Great Britain annual conference in Liverpool. The conference was well attended and it was good to meet up with so many familiar faces. The talks were of a high standard and the organizers had put on a very varied programme of different talks for the medical artist delegates.
Read the full report on the 2013 MAA Conference in Liverpool.

Liverpool's Skyline at the MAA Conference

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Our 1% for the Planet Donation to DSWF

12 April 2013

At we donate 1% of our entire turnover to environmental causes each year as we are part of the 1% for the Planet Organisation. We are very happy to be supporting the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation with our first donation since joining the 1% for the Planet movement. David Shepherd is an internationally famous artist who has spent the majority of his life campaigning for environmental causes. Joanna has admired his work for many years and has attended previous events.

Joanna has been a long time supporter of DSWF and therefore they were a natural choice for the donation. Joanna & Tim were invited to David's house, personal studio and gallery to present him with the cheque personally. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and it was great to learn more about the work of DSWF, especially protection of the tiger and the anti-poaching projects that they fund. If you are a 1% for the Planet member or are considering becoming one the DSWF is a very worthy recepient of your donations.

Joanna Culley and David Shepherd, conservationist at the AMI Conference 2013

18 March 2013

We are proud to annouce that Tim Butler from the team will be speaking at this years Association of Medical Illustrators conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The event is taking place from the 17th to the 20th July is an opportunity for medical illustrators from across North America and the world to discuss issues in the industry and learn from each other.

We are very pleased that Tim has been invited to speak at the conference on the evolution and development of mobile devices in relation to their use and medical applications. As a business we have extensive experience in delivering medical illustrations for projects for mobile devices and in some cases creating the full mobile device centric project. If you want to know more about how we can help you with a mobile device orientated project please contact us and if you would like to read more information on the forthcoming AMI conference in Salt Lake City please go to the AMI website, until the full conference site is published.

AMI Conference 2013

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to You All!

24 December 2012

We would like to wish all of our customers, partners and readers of our website a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the whole Team. 2012 has been a great year for us and we are looking forward to 2013 after a well earned Christmas break.

Please note that the studio will now be shut the entire time from midday 24th December 2012 to the 2nd January 2013. We will be picking up email intermitantly during this time and clients with live projects have our mobile phone numbers just in case!

In case you missed it or want to read it again here is our Winter email newsletter and we hope that you all like our latest Christmas card design. Have a great festive break.

Joanna & The Team

Our Top 5 Picks From The World of Science and Art in 2012

28 November 2012

Science and art would be considered by most people to be poles apart, with one having no bearing on the other. Well, working in this industry we all know that’s not true. Art and science does mix together. Read and see clips on the most current and innovative projects.

Science and art meet with innovative results

Our Award Winning Illustrations from the IMI

21 September 2012

We are very proud to announce that Joanna from received awards for her illustrations of anatomy last week, from the Institute of Medical Illustrators, IMI in the UK. She was at the conference with Tim Butler having collected her certificates at the awards night of 1 Gold and 2 Silvers. Permission to enter the awards kindly granted by Copyright holders Alex Kutikov and Todd Morgan owners of drawMD and Dr Sam Alberti from the Royal College of Surgeon's. Where both parties had originaly commissioned Joanna to create the medical artworks. Read the full report on the IMI 2012 Conference in Glasgow.

Joanna Collecting Award from the IMI, Glasgow 2012 Exhibition at the Institute of Medical Illustrators Conference in Glasgow 2012

Further Professional Memberships for

21 June 2012

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Joanna has always been a Member of the Medical Artists Association of Great Britain following her accreditation as a Medical Artist, however we have decided to expand of professional memberships. In response to our growing number of clients outside of the UK we now have membership of The Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI), based in Lexington, Kentucky. You can read more about the AMI on their website


We have also decided to join the Institute of Medical Illustrators as they bring together the disciplines of clinical photography, medical art, illustration, graphic design and video within healthcare. As our range of services has expanded in response to our client's needs the IMI's coverage of a wider range of related disciplines is a good fit for the kinds of digital medical visualisation services we are increasingly performing.

We will be attending the IMI Conference in Glasgow in September this year and are hoping to attend the AMI conference in Salt Lake City in 2013. Joins 1% for The Planet

12 May 2012

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We are proud to say we have made a commitment to the planet and have signed up to 1% for the Planet. 1% for the Planet exists to build and support an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. We embrace the notion that the sustainability of the natural environment is fundamental to the sustainability of business.

Our commitment it to give 1% of our gross turnover to one or more environmental charities that each year we feel needs it the most.

David Shepard Wildlife Foundation logo


Our first cause will be the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation to support work for the wild Tiger, a charity that Joanna has been passionate about for a number of years now. You can read about their work at

(There is no change to our charging, as these donations will be funded from the business profits and we would urge other companies to join the 1% for the Planet organisation).

RCS - Anatomy of an Athlete Video

19 April 2012

The Royal College of Surgeons of England promotional video for the Anatomy of an Athlete Exhibition
featuring Joanna Culley from as one of the four participating medical artists

The Royal College of Surgeons have now released a promotional video on YouTube for the Anatomy of an Athlete exhibition. As one of the four medical artist contributors Joanna features in this short video. Please support the exhibition which is at The Royal College of Surgeons', London until the 29th of September 2012.

Royal College of Surgeons of England - Anatomy of an Athlete

13 March 2012

Medical Art for Southmead NHS Hospital, preview
Exhibition piece demonstrating increased muscle fibre from exercise

The 13th of March saw the opening event for the Anatomy of an Athlete exhibition at The Royal College of Surgeons', London. Using artists from the MAA, find out about the latest techniques in orthopaedic surgery, innovative developments in prosthetics and the importance of training to muscle development. BBC exhibition reviews here.

Joanna Culleys exhibition used GB hockey player Richard Smith as her model, to demonstrate the benefits of exercise shown by comparing healthy anatomy to unhealthy. Find the exhibition details here at: Anatomy of an Athlete RCS, London. The heart, the knee joint and muscle fitness can all be attributed to cardiovascular & resistance training that results in increased size, amount of blood vessels and flexibility for example.
Full report on the exhibition event here.

Offical Unveiling of Southmead NHS Hospital Paintings

28 February 2012

Final paintings unvelied 28th February 2012

Today saw the unveiling of the two extremely large watercolour paintings for the new NHS Southmead Hospital in Bristol. This £430 million hospital redevelopment project for North Bristol NHS Trust working in conjunction with Carillion, is due to open fully in 2014.

Joanna was commissioned by Davis&Jones to participate in working with a wide range of people involved with the Southmead Project. This ranged from attending operations to attending construction site meetings. The interaction with all of the different people involved with this huge construction project was to be the inspiration behind the artworks created.

The results were two unique paintings, due to the way that they blend the construction of the human body with the construction of the hospital building. Aptly named Body Builders and A Joint Operation, one uses the building as the backdrop and adds in elements of human anatomy and medical practice; the other takes human anatomy and brings in elements of construction and day to day life of a hospital. See the full review and the two paintings here.

Southmead NHS Hospital Paintings Completed and Scanned

30 January 2012

Medical Art for Southmead NHS Hospital, preview
A very small section of one of the final paintings

We were very excited when last year we were chosen to participate in creating artwork for the new NHS Southmead Hospital in Bristol. This £430 million project for North Bristol NHS Trust working in conjunction with Carillion is due to open fully in 2014. However, as the building project is continuing around a working hospital the new facilities are opening in sequence over a period.

Joanna has been working closely with Davis&Jones who are the artistic liaison for the project. The project has involved meeting with people from across the project, from clinical staff to the building contractors. We were asked to produce two paintings that brought together the building of the new hospital and the activities within the hospital to commemorate this huge construction project that has taken place while the hospital is still fully functioning.

We are now at the stage where the two artworks have been painted and are awaiting framing ready for their unveiling on the 28th February 2012. In advance of the framing the paintings have been scanned by the team at Artists Gallery Printing due to their size. Rob from Artist Gallery Printing said about the scanning of the two paintings.

"We are used to scanning really large detailed works of art here but these two have broken our records for size, both physically and for the file sizes they have created."

Each file of is over 8Gb in size, or to put that in perspective equivalent to around 3000 songs on your MP3 player!

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