Friday, March 26, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Buggy Bug

Here is a stippling exercise drawn from an image in the Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Fishy fish

Some stippling practice from last semester. This beautiful fish was one of hundreds of amazing scientific illustrations from my Evolutionary Biology textbook in undergrad. This one's for you Joyce!

Monday, March 15, 2010


This was a very quick sketch done from "Strength Training Anatomy" by Frederic Delavier. A truly inspiring work of anatomical illustration. I felt this image was an appropriate representation of how my colleagues and I are feeling right now about the myriad of deadlines approaching...

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Jigoro Kano founded Kodokan Judo in 1882. Since then Judo has grown to become one of the world's most popular sports, and certainly the most widely practiced martial arts. Today I was privileged to train under several amazing Judo instructors from Boston at a Judo clinic here in Toronto. A great way to start the week!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Bruce Lee

No abstract necessary.

Friday, March 12, 2010


Mas Oyama is the founder of Kyokushin, a style of Karate which integrates techniques from other similar striking martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do and Muay Thai. Mas Oyama is known to have once killed a charging bull by punching it in the head.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Masahiko Kimura is a legendary Judoka who defeated Helio Gracie in 1955. It was one of the few times a Gracie has admitted to meeting their match. In commemoration of this event, BJJ practitioners now refer to the reverse ude-garami arm lock used in the fight as the "Kimura".

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Morihei Ueshiba, aka Osensei, is the founder of the martial art of Aikido. This is the first of several martial art legend portraits I will be posting over the next few days. This one was done in ink wash.

Monday, March 8, 2010

3D modeling of distal femur

This is my first attempt at 3D modeling, to be used as a reference for my surgical illustration, in which I am showing a total knee replacement. There is still some fine tuning to be done, but I will try to finish up the proximal Tibia some time this week.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Shime-waza, Choking Technique

Here I am attempting to show the bony protrusions of the wrist used to put pressure on the common carotid artery in the neck. This is the preferred method of applying a strangulation technique in Judo, because it does not cause damage to the larynx, and cutting off blood supply to the brain results in the opponent passing out more quickly than if the air supply is obstructed.
These are the three primary hand positions for two-handed chokes applied from the front. In Gyaku Jime (reverse choke) both palms are facing upwards. In Kata Jime (broken choke) one hand is up and the other is down. Nami Jime (normal choke) is performed with both palms down.

This final illustration is meant to emphasize proper wrist positioning. Proper application of the choke requires the bones of the wrist highlighted in the first illustration to be in direct contact with the carotids in the neck.

I look forward to completing this project in the near future, but school work will take priority.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Neck Studies

So I had intended to put together a poster last semester showing how to properly apply a choking technique in Judo. Needless to say this has not yet come to fruition, but as I learn more about how to use these Adobe programs, I am hoping I can finish the project this summer. Here is a set of neck studies I did in preparation for the main component of the poster.

I started out drawing from anatomical specimens from the JCB Grant museum here at U of T. I went about my research starting with the deeper structures and moving towards the surface, although I'm curious if it would have been better to work in the reverse direction. Well, I guess I'll have to try both methods and see which works best.

The above sketch, with an impressively substantial SCM, was drawn from photographic reference in Rohan's Color Atlas of Anatomy. Definitely the gold standard in anatomical photography.

After I had drawn from the cadavers, I looked through some graphic references, the above was from Gray's Anatomy for Students.

Finally I came to the superficial layers of the surface, and for these studies I refered to George Bridgeman, Louise Gordon, and Leonardo Da Vinci. For the next post I will show some of the rough sketches for the poster insets.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

TSA 1st Session

From last semester. I can't wait to go back!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Portrait progress

This portrait was done at the exact same location (Palette & Chisel Art Academy in Chicago) approximately 6-8 months after the portrait from my previous post. No Photoshop color corrections here!