Dental Illustrations for Book Publication

Dental illustrations to assist in communication of oral health

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Client: Dr. Edward Givens Jr, DDS, MS
Medium: Digital, (Photoshop)

Perfecting your Smile – Dental Illustrations for Book Publication


Dr. Givens

Dr. Edward Givens

We were commissioned by Dr. Edward Givens a prosthodontist dental surgeon from San Diego, California. Dr. Givens has his own practise and he advertises using his website

Dr. Givens specialises in implant surgery, implant supported prosthesis and complex reconstructive therapy. Keen to extend his knowledge in this area and in pursuit of encouraging oral health Dr. Givens has also published articles relating to oral health.

Our role was to create bespoke illustrations for a book publication and written by Dr. Edward Givens the book is called Perfecting Your Smile. The books aim is to provide comprehensive information on a wealth of important topics related to oral health care.

One of the key reasons why medical illustrators are commissioned is because they can work from a written brief and create an illustration that can help visually interpret what is being described in the text. We were asked to create a series of dental illustrations that would help explain aspects of dental surgery and the process for implant surgery. The illustrations were sketched in pencil first for feedback after which they were illustrated in our usual full colour realism style.

Perfecting Your Smile

In Dr. Givens own words here is an introduction to his book and why he decided to write it.

book coverIn pursuit of the perfect smile!  Ideally, this would be the mantra of every man, woman, and child in our society.  The importance of good oral health at times is overlooked, sometimes due to willful neglect, but often times due to lack of finances to cover needed procedures.  Proper maintenance of your oral health is not only the key to a lasting and healthy set of teeth, but also important in promoting the overall health of your body. 

Numerous studies have shown a relationship between loss of teeth, and changes in diet.  These changes are typically adverse, with those who have lost most or all of their teeth adapting a not-so-ideal diet high in fat and carbohydrates (sugar).  These dietary changes can then lead to other adverse conditions for the body, such as high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes.It has often been said that the mouth is a window into the body. 

There are a number of conditions in the mouth that can affect the body, and a number of conditions affecting our bodies that can manifest themselves in the mouth.  The focus of this book will be to identify those dental diseases that are common, how they can negatively impact your overall health, how they may be prevented (those that are preventable), and how those problems may be corrected in the modern dental practice. 

Included are chapters on cosmetic and implant dentistry, providing insight into some of the technological advances that have become available to improve upon the appearance and function of your teeth.  These technological advances in today’s dental practice have been many and extraordinary.  We are very fortunate to live in a time when so many options to restore our teeth back to normal function are available, and when those options achieve an extraordinary level of longevity and success.It is my hope that as you read through the pages of this book, that you will gain a better understanding of the importance of your teeth and, more specifically, how they relate to the importance of your overall general health. 

With the information presented, you will be in a better position to care for your teeth, you will be better versed in the dental lexicon so as to be better able to communicate with your dental provider, and ultimately you will be in a better position to preserve or obtain that perfect smile!

“Joanna has a great eye for detail and the illustrations were loved by everyone, most especially by the client.”Stuart Banks, Digital Project Manager, Frontera
“Joanna was right at home working with us to develop illustrations that both met our clinical needs and fit perfectly into the aesthetics of our user interface. Her work is superb!”Michael Gold , Director of Product Development, CareCloud
“We have now received the new folder with your illustrations: I love it!”Lisa Ruckstuhl - Product Manager Osteoporosis, Daiichi Sankyo (Schweiz) AG
“I’m really pleased with how the book finally looks and that is in part huge thanks to Jo for such fantastic and skilled art. The level of detail that Jo achieves is incredible and her medical knowledge clearly abounds. She is always such a pleasure to work with – nothing is too big or small a job. It was all approached with the same cheery manner! Jo always delivered on deadlines too, which is a huge relief to us designers! Many thanks – it has indeed been a pleasure. I would have no hesitation to recommend Jo!”Senior Designer, Duncan Baird Publishers
“Joanna and her team are a pleasure to work with. They are responsive and creative. They turned around several excellent animations and drawings for our video series. We certainly would enjoy working with them again!”David Mathison, MD, MBA, Associate Director of Pediatric Transport, Children's National Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine
“Joanna has provided the core illustrations for a number of our iPad Apps, and her illustrations have received terrific reviews from our users. She understands our requirements clearly and also understands the specifics of illustrating for digital media and mobile applications. The quality of her work is outstanding, and she can be relied upon to hit deadlines and deliver to the exact clinical requirements of each project.”Todd Morgan, Co-Founder, drawMD
“Hello Tim and Joanna,
Thank you for the illustrations, you have done an outstanding job on the finished articles… The service provided was efficient and very thorough, we were very happy with the way you able to understand and translate the brief into an illustration which captured the desired output.”Clare Lynex, Senior Medical Writer, UBM Media Asia, Singapore
“We found to be energetic, imaginative, and efficient, a joy to work with!”Dr Sam Alberti, Director of Museums and Archives, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London