Painting using the Digital Illustration Medium
The drawing and painting mediums available to artists is long and varied. It can be as straightforward as drawing using a pencil and paper, to using watercolours on a canvas, to using a computer and its own program of brushes, paints, rubbers and canvases.
The question is what is the best medium for our customer and what can we do for you and your project? Our answer is that we work in a variety of mediums, our digital medical illustrations are still paintings completed by an artist and result in stunning, clear and attractive visuals that are created with the same anatomical precision as all our medical illustrations. What medium is chosen depends on what style suits your individual project and as a customer what end result you are looking for?
So Why Choose Digital Painting for Your Medical Illustrations
Using a digital medium to draw and paint an illustration can have its advantages, as illustrations will be easy to optimise for use in digital formats for use in printing, websites, iBooks, Android, App and they can be turned into medical animations.
The technology of using a digital canvas and painting brushes equals a novel and exciting medium to use and by applying our usual realism painting and drawing technique, we produce artwork that has a clean and precise look about it, ideal for intricate anatomical subjects. Joanna uses the pen as an airbrush which emulates the spraying of paint as a fine mist allowing the artist to build up the colours. Very much like watercolour, the digital airbrush is used along with a palette of colours to build the painting gradually.
It’s also great to use in the production of more technical items such as medical instruments, when precision is required for architectural subjects or when illustrating buildings or creating with the right perspective for hospital instruments and equipment.
We also combine our illustrations to build graphs and charts and include detailed realistic anatomy features that can bring a dull data graph to life! Digital medical illustrations can also be supplied as vector images such as an Illustrator file and their print size has no limits. The illustrations can also be animated to generate patient and customer interaction; it is very a versatile medium.
Our Illustration Process – Pencil to Digital Painting using an Airbrush
We have honed our technique to work with the digital brushes and digital pens to produce very photo realistic illustrations by using a Wacom tablet (canvas) and Creative Pen (brush) which allow us to paint onto the Wacom tablet and thus straight onto the computer screen. The process of doing this is referred to as the digital medium but it is still an artistic process where the resulting illustration is referred to as ‘digital painting’. Our digital medical illustrations are produced in the same artistic way as any other one of our illustrations.
Gathering the Brief details
We start by understanding the brief fully and scoping the project into a written format completing any additional research on the subject.
From this we draw pencil sketches which are produced as normal as pencil on paper as these are going to be used as the basis for the colour work.
The pencil sketches are scanned so that they can be saved as a jpeg so that they can appear on the computer screen. We place the jpeg of the sketch into an Adobe Creative Suite program, such as a Photoshop or an Illustrator program.
Our process is then to use the digital pens and paints, airbrush within these programs to paint the illustration as a colour version. The result is that our technique creates very precise and realistic depictions of anatomy.
Please view existing illustrations we have completed for varying customers over the years in the galleries below. If you want to commission custom illustrations that look like these Contact the Team. We offer fresh ideas and offer expert assistance with your project, delivering illustrations and visual communications that are engaging & relevant to your unique project.