Pocket Anatomy & Physiology Book

Medical iIllustrations for anatomy education publishing

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


Pocket Anatomy and Physiology integrates structure and function at both the macroscopic and microscopic level, allowing the reader to see the connection between detailed anatomy and function.

We provided medical illustrations of human anatomy for the book combining clear illustrations of body regions, organs, cells and physiological events with succinct but informative text that explains the function of the relevant system and structure. Common diseases (obesity, diabetes mellitus, coeliac disease, autoimmune disease) have been used to illustrate principles of normal body function, as well as dysfunction in disease.

Project Brief

Commissioned by Quarto publishing Medical-Artist.com were tasked with illustrating over 100 illustrations for Pocket Anatomy & Physiology and a second title Pocket Anatomy of the Moving Body. The brief was to complete medical illustrations not only as anatomically accurate but in a realism style to show the detail within each anatomy illustration. Working with the author Kenneth Ashwell we supplied pencil drafts of the illustrations in order to capture any feedback which we could incorporate onto the colour versions.  The approved sketches were used as the basis for the colour work. We used the digital medium to complete as colour work as well as completing some of the illustrations in watercolour, producing all of the work in a realism style.

The Result

The result was that we contributed to a great guide book on anatomy and physiology that was pocket sized but packed full of medical illustrations and anatomical facts and learning aids.

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“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