Pocket Anatomy of the Moving Body

Illustrations for the science behind movement

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Client: Quarto Publishing
Medium: Digital, (Photoshop)
Categories: Publishing

Medical Illustrations of the Moving Body

The human musculoskeletal system is comprised of our bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, and joints, and works with our nervous system to give us the ability to move. The Pocket Anatomy of the Moving Body is a compact book which aims to combine full colour illustrations of the structures of the body with succinct but informative explanatory text to build a clear picture of the science behind human movement.

Beginning with an overview of the structures of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, the book then explains the biomechanics of movement. The main section of the book looks in detail at the anatomy at work in different body movements, joint by joint, illustrating the anatomical structures and explaining how they work together to produce different movements. Feature spreads analyse specific examples, such as the tennis serve, sprint start, and kicking a ball.

Project Brief from Publishers

Commissioned by Quarto publishing Medical-artist.com were tasked with illustrating over 100 illustrations for this new book and at the same its accompanying title called the Pocket Anatomy & Physiology. The brief was to complete the medical illustrations not only as anatomically accurate but in a realism style to show the detail within each anatomy illustration. The medical illustrations were to accompany the text in the book with the aim to illuminate any of the complex medical content, to make it more engaging for the reader and of course illustrations naturally bring any book to life.

Our first task was to take the brief and create pencil drawings of the anatomy on order for them to be approved by the contributing author Kenneth Ashwell. We responded to any edits to the pencil drafts and used the same sketches as the basis for the colour illustrations. We used a combination of working in the digital medium and some in watercolour.

“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 medical-artist.com 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