My name is R.E. Ducker and I'm a medical illustrator / animator. I currently live and work in Virginia.

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Hi my name is bailee and I'm a high school student interested in medical/surgical illustration. I don't mean too sound like a stalker or anything but I just wanted too know what steps I should take or advice in order too start this profession.

Hi! Well, there isn’t really one direct way into the profession. I’d really recommend this page on the Association of Medical Illustrator’s website:

http://ami.org/index.php/medical-illustration/enter-the-profession/education

That will give you a really good overview of what type of education is expected in the field. Some of my classmates went to specialized undergraduate programs like at Iowa State (http://www.bpmi.iastate.edu/) and Virginia Commonwealth University (http://arts.vcu.edu/communicationarts/scientific-and-preparatory-medical-illustration/), but a whole bunch (myself included) majored in either art or science with a minor in the other, and selected classes that were required for the graduate programs.

Most people in the field have an advanced degree so knowing what skills and knowledge those programs look for is a great base to use when figuring out where you want to do your undergraduate work. And while each school will give you the basic skill set you need to be a medical illustrator, each is very different in their structure and the techniques they’ll teach you. This is just kinda general stuff, but if you have any more specific questions I’d be happy to answer. :)

Well, you might not be able to tell from how silent this blog has been lately, but things have been pretty exciting! I’m getting ready for a move to Virginia to start working as an artist for a litigation media company! Due to the nature of the work being confidential, I won’t be able to share anything here. However, this doesn’t mean this blog is dead! I’ve got some little pet projects I’m working on and I can’t wait to share them with you all. 

And I’m working on a piece for that Nicolas Cage Art Show, so you know that might show up here too haha.

This weekend I made a quick practice test animating some red and white blood cells within a vessel. 3Ds Max, Zbrush and After Effects.

Over this semester I’ve been working on an illustration that details the pathway of the rabies virus from bite to brain. This project still isn’t quite done yet, but I thought it might be fun to show a few of the WIPs along the way. I always like looking back and seeing how an illustration can change from the first draft to the final piece. Hopefully I can have the full, final version to share soon!

I recently participated in CGSociety and the Idaho Visualization Lab’s Minitexture challenege. The Idaho Visualization lab provided models they have created as reconstructions of the now extinct Helicoprion and their prey the Nautiloid. Our job was to take the models, texture them and throw them in a scene together. Here is my final beauty render of the two, but if you’d like to see details of the textures, please visit my CGPortfolio here.

You can also view the other entries, including the entries from my friend and fellow classmate Caitlin Johnston, here.

This was a really fun texture excersize, and I learned a lot about ZBrush just by participating.

I recently participated in CGSociety and the Idaho Visualization Lab’s Minitexture challenege. The Idaho Visualization lab provided models they have created as reconstructions of the now extinct Helicoprion and their prey the Nautiloid. Our job was to take the models, texture them and throw them in a scene together. Here is my final beauty render of the two, but if you’d like to see details of the textures, please visit my CGPortfolio here.

You can also view the other entries, including the entries from my friend and fellow classmate Caitlin Johnston, here.

This was a really fun texture excersize, and I learned a lot about ZBrush just by participating.