Do You Collect Cats? Drawn Together Interview with Debbie Irwin

Do You Collect Cats? Drawn Together Interview with Debbie Irwin

Shout-out to an amazing colleague and good friend, Debbie Irwin, voice actor, speaker, audio producer, and Principal of Debbie Irwin Voiceovers. She has become a trusted advisor in the medical illustration community. We have had the pleasure of not only using her talent and clear voice for animation projects, but also knowing her as a wonderful friend and colleague within the Association of Medical Illustrators. People recognize her professionalism and value her work. She is a great resource as she also provides audio production services and manages the entire audio package: casting other voice talent, whether it’s for a male voice, a female voice that’s not hers, or multiple voices for eLearning projects, for example; and working with composers to customize canned music or create original scores. While you can hear her on Pandora commercials, as various video game voices, or guiding you on a museum audio tour (yes, she was once the voice of The Statue of Liberty), medical narration is her expertise. In fact, she is now coaching other voice-over talent who want to develop their skills in this particular genre.

Debbie writes a regular newsletter on a range of interesting topics, the newest being the Drawn Together Series, and this month, Debbie talks with Jennifer E. Fairman, CMI, FAMI about Medical Illustration, COVID-19, and Cats! Here’s an excerpt:

Q: Do you think anyone can learn how to draw?

“I do.  I think there is a difference between innate creativity and learning how to draw.  My feeling is, you know how to write…right?  You know how to write unless you can’t use your hands.  You can write. You have your own handwriting.  Everybody has their own handwriting.  You learn how to talk.  You learn how to walk. You learn a lot of different things.  I think you can learn how to draw the same way.  I think that in order to learn how to draw, you need to learn how to see and understand what you’re looking at.”

Read the entire interview here: Drawn Together Series, August 2020.

Photo Credit: © Emily Lambert Photography. Icon Illustrations: © James Archer, Anatomy Blue.
Art is Everything Podcast Interview

Art is Everything Podcast Interview

This was fun! Thanks to “Art is Everything’s” Aaron and Rose Miller for asking me to participate in this podcast. Here I answer questions about the field of Medical Illustration. Enjoy a fun discussion about Art + Medicine and what happens when these two worlds come together!!! Johns Hopkins MedicineJHU MedartAssociation of Medical Illustrators

Listen to Episode 3: Art and Medicine – Medical Illustration from Art is Everything on Apple Podcasts:

On Spotify: https://lnkd.in/gaQbHka

On iTunes: https://lnkd.in/gj9j8WJ

And follow along with the artwork on the website:
artiseverythingpodcast.com

COVID-19: Visualizing a Moving Target

COVID-19: Visualizing a Moving Target

COVID-19: Visualizing a Moving Target, Presented August 8, 2020 at the 2020 GNSI Virtual Conference. Jennifer Fairman, CMI and Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Art as Applied to Medicine Program.

Ever since Maryland’s “Stay at home” order, Jeni has been knee-deep in COVID-19 visualizations. Many of her JHU and AMI colleagues have been inundated with COVID-19 assignments in what has seemed like a race to understand the virus structure, life-cycle, and potential therapies. Jeni will share her COVID-19 story by explaining what she and her colleagues have learned and created in order to help the public best understand the current pandemic. (0.5 BIOMED CEUs, expires Sept 8, 2020)

A Site to Behold

A Site to Behold

The journey from Fairman Studios’ MICA MPS-BAD degree to Up/Start 2018 and the evolution of Illustr8science® is featured in the newest issue of COMMOTION, MICA’s Graduate Studies alumni magazine. View the article by clicking on the images below, or download a PDF and read the entire feature article.

Labor Analgesia

Labor Analgesia

This illustration is one of the latest editorial pieces completed for the American Academy of Family Physicians featuring Labor Analgesia.

Depicted are a montage of images illustrating Epidural analgesia, a commonly employed technique which provides pain relief during labor. Epidural analgesia is a form of regional analgesia involving injection of drugs through a catheter placed into the epidural space. The injection can cause both a loss of sensation (anaesthesia) and a loss of pain (analgesia), by blocking the transmission of signals through nerves in or near the spinal cord.

The epidural space is the space inside the bony spinal canal but outside the membrane called the dura mater (sometimes called the “dura”). In contact with the inner surface of the dura is another membrane called the arachnoid mater (“arachnoid”). The arachnoid encompasses the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the spinal cord.

 

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