Illustrators Draw on Talent, Expertise
Am Fam Physician. 2006 Jul 1;74(1):14.
As a person with absolutely no artistic talent, I’ve always been intrigued by people who can express a thought or idea in a painting, sculpture, or drawing. Medical illustrators have a particularly unique gift that combines their artistic talent with an extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology. The illustrations in AFP, including the cover, are created by a group of very talented individuals. Dave Klemm, who is a medical illustrator himself, is based in the Department of Faculty and Curriculum Support at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and is responsible for coordinating AFP illustrations. He works with artists all around the country to create the cover art and any article illustrations that may be needed for AFP.
When an article is to be featured on the cover, Dave reviews the manuscript with the medical editing fellow. Together they determine how the basic thrust of the article can be interpreted visually as an illustration. He then selects one of the illustrators and works with him or her to create the illustrations you see on the cover. This requires the artists to have a thorough understanding of the medical conditions being discussed, which often requires further research and consultation with the medical editors and authors. Most of AFP’s medical illustrators have extensive professional training and are board-certified by the Association of Medical Illustrators.
In June of each year, the staff members in the Publications Division at the Academy select one cover published during the preceding year to be framed and hung on the “Wall of Fame” in our office. We have so many wonderful covers, it would be great to display all of them, but they would soon cover every wall in the building. The favorite cover chosen this year is the March 15, 2006, issue, and the art is reprinted here. The artist is Scott Bodell from Dallas, Tex.
I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank all of the very talented artists whose creations have contributed to AFP during the past year.
Mary Albury-Noyes, Burnsville, Minnesota
Joan Beck, Beck Visual Communications, Cottage Grove, Minnesota
Scott Bodell, Bodell Communications, Dallas, Texas
Kathryn Born, Arlington, Texas
Charles Boyter, Atlanta Medical Legal Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Peter Brunke, Prairie Village, Kansas
Todd Buck, Lombard, Illinois
Renee Cannon, Medcom Studios, Scottsdale, Arizona
Marcia Hartsock, The Medical Art Company, Cincinnati, Ohio
Floyd Hosmer, FEH Illustrations, Birmingham, Alabama
John W. Karapelou, Karapelou Medical Art, Columbus, Ohio
David Klemm, Faculty and Curriculum Support, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
Christy Krames, Austin, Texas
Michael Kress-Russick, Kress-Russick Illustration, Madison, Wisconsin
Teri J. McDermott, McDermott Medical Illustration, Elgin, Illinois
Steven and Myriam Oh, KO Studios, Pacifica, California
Bert Oppenheim, Medway, Massachusetts
Mark E. Schuler, Prairie Village, Kansas
Cynthia Turner, Alexander & Turner, Grayton Beach, Florida
William Westwood, Westwood Medical Communications, Albany, New York
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