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I spent my weekend down in Bristol at the Association Européenne des Illustrateurs Medicaux et Scientifiques (AEIMS) Congress 2015. The congress was hosted by the founder of Limbs and Things, Margot Cooper.
I had a truly wonderful weekend learning from some of the successful artists within the field of Medical and Forensic Art.
The workshops available were:
Visual Storytelling in Healthcare
3D workshop with Masters of Head Sculpture
Capturing light in quick pen and ink sketches
Errors in Anatomical Atlases
I learned a lot from the Visual Storytelling in Healthcare workshop. It opened my eyes to different ways to construct a graphic medicine comic, and different ways of working with narrative and the display of images - I am sure this will become very useful at work! It was also just great fun.
The Mentoring workshop was a very interesting one, I think it was perhaps the most valuable of all the great workshops on offer. Hearing about the experiences of people working professionally as Medical/Scientific illustrators in the field helped to answer a lot of question I had in my head. Issues about copyright, finances and handling clients were raised and we all got an opportunity to ask all the important questions such as:
How do you find clients? How to you communicate with your clients effectively? Should I do a freelance project for less money than I should charge if I am in need of money? How do you deal with a situation where you feel your copyright has been breached? How can you work from home effectively without getting distracted? How do you do you your taxes?
So many questions! So many useful answers, I am very grateful for the advice of others in this field.
Errors... Errors everywhere!
This was so informative... I will never make the mistakes discussed in this workshop, lest I be shamed in a presentation!
3D workshop with Masters of Head Sculpture was taken by Richard Neeve and Anne-Marie Riedinger.
"Anne-Marie is renowned for her beautiful cranial prosthesis, and Richard is famous for his pioneering work in forensic art facial reconstruction"
I was very excited for this workshop as I have admired the work of Richard Neeve for quite some time. It was a privilege to see him sculpt.
Anne-Marie's prosthetics are very realistic, it was interesting to understand a the process of creating a prosthetic eye for an empty socket.
I chose to the 'Capturing light in Pen and Ink' workshop for some chill out time at the end of the second day... its funny how easy it is to forget basic things when it drawing from still-life! It has definately inspired me to try and sketch more from life - I picked up some good tips for capturing scenes quickly.
I can't take credit for the pretty drawing in the middle, that was done by the talented Lisa Temple-Cox, my effort was the two drawings to the right of the photo - hopefully with some practice my sketching skills can improve!! My excuse is that I had never used the pen and water technique before ;)...
All in all... It was a great weekend, I met some very interesting people and met up with some old friends. I can't wait for next year!