Monthly Archives: November 2012

Medical Editorial Illustration


Alexandra Baker Dysphagia

Dysphagia ©Alexandra Baker

Those in the medical field don’t learn how to deal with the ailments of the body through just theory alone. They have to have visual examples in order to understand what they will have to work with. While working on cadavers and dead bodies is the usual hands-on answer, what if such things are not on hand? That’s where medical illustrations come in. With detailed images of the organs, the bones, and even our blood stream,  in medical illustrations give a clear and concise view of what we usually can’t see. Medical editorial illustrations  combine scientific accuracy with artistic license. Usually seen in either journals/magazines or articles, medical editorials can become a bridge between medical illustration and anatomical art.

Original post from Street Anatomy.


Benefits of Martial Arts


Martial arts have always been a form of bodily expression. From Karate, to Taekwondo, from Kickboxing, to Judo; theses different forms of combat styles are not only a way of self defense, but if done right and many hours of practice, they can benefit the creative mind.

What are the general benefits of Martial Arts?

In tenaciousmuse’s blog post, “The Benefits of Studying the Martial Arts”, it states that the benefits of learning the martial arts can be beneficial in a couple ways: Discipline, Physical fitness, Self Confidence. And Self defense. While Martial arts have the obvious physical benefits such as fitness and gaining the ability of self defense, it is also affects positively on the mind with teaching Discipline and Self confidence along with the physical training. While its good to get the physical exercise, it takes discipline to keep up with a such regimens. Its also known that when you feel fit and burning energy efficiently, you yourself start to feel good. This in extension brings up one’s self confidence as well. But, this does not mean each and every combat style is equal in terms of psychological benefits. According to Psychosocial Benefits of the Martial Arts: Myth or Reality? By Brad Binder, Ph.D., depending on the teaching methods, a student of the martial arts can either gain positive benefits such as a decrease in aggressiveness and anxiety and an increase in self-esteem, or the total opposite they just end up becoming more aggressive and only gaining self-esteem without the self control. If the values of the art aren’t taught correctly, it can be used irresponsibly and lead to more harm than good.

Now, how is this beneficial to the creative mind?

This goes back to the mental benefits of learning martial arts. Self discipline can help someone who likes to create keep up with their work and self confidence helps them want to expand on their works. Also,  If taught right, it can be considered therapeutic for the one learning the art.  Artist are always not only striving for inspiration, but also the means to keep up their own motivation and avoid the dreaded “Artist block”. Of course, any type of physical activity can have similar effects as learning martial arts, but with it being a combination of both physical and mental training is an ideal way to keep the mind active and fresh.

The Art of Science


More often then not, combining science and art may not be the first thing that people would think would go together. However, this doesn’t have to always be the case. Not only can both subjects can compliment each other, but also can help anyone understand both art and science.

Now, most people already in tuned to understanding science can usually understand just by theory alone. Unfortunately, there’s also the issue where the scientific scoff at the idea of art complimenting science. According to Why scientists should care about art by Johanna Kieniewicz, it even extends to the notion that science research that has anything to do with the arts should not be funded. Now this doesn’t mean that the same people may not appreciate the arts, but they still don’t understand why the two should coincided.

How can Art benefit science?

One benefit is that art can give scientist a cultural understanding of their research. When a scientist have an understanding of the importance of their research, they have more reason to not only continue their research, but also ask the questions on why it is important. For instance, how would their research come into fruition or how it would benefit humanity of the world in general. By extension, by asking more questions that can pertain outside the box, they also can become better communicator. They are able to articulate their ideas to people outside of just the scientific jargon.

Another benefit can pertain to those that are far from the scientific type. When scientist can portray their knowledge visually,  it makes it easier to not only artists to have a better understanding, but also those who just have an easier time learning visually in general. Some good examples can be seen at The Art of Science at Blogspot.

Would this be enough to convince anyone?

Well, probably not everyone. The idea that art and science can work together isn’t always the easiest things for those of different mindsets to completely accept or understand. But  none the less, understand either one also means there is plenty of room to understand and incorporate the other.

Tenor’s Voice Loss Leads To Successful Improvisation


Charles Workman Vienna Opera

Despite what could have been a disastrous set back for the performance of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s “Alceste,” tenor Joseph Kaiser’s sudden voice loss lead to a bit of unexpectedly successful improvisation.
With back up tenor Charles Workman singing from the orchestra pit while Kaiser acting out the role of Admete on stage, they were a able to bring the audience’s attention away sound of a different tenor to the high overall quality of the evening.

Animal Cheat Sheet


image via Rosemary Mosco

In a post from Laughing Squid by Justin Page, field naturalist and cartoonist Rosemary Mosco made a Animal Cheat Sheet comic which helps differentiate and explain  “between certain types of animal species that share similar looks / traits”. While it is usually hard to observe the difference of animals in real life, we depend illustrations and diagrams to make it easier to understand. But, unlike looking at illustrations through something like a text book, by depicting them in a simplified, almost cartoonish style, it makes it easier for anyone to understand on top of it being easier on the eyes.  Simple, yet very informative.



Have you ever wondered how art has ever applied to the everyday?

Theres’ the common misconception that art is only for the few that can consciously create beautiful things, that they have above then average creative process to think above the normal person. This is untrue as anyone can be applying art to their everyday lives with out even knowing it. Its all about one’s views on aesthetics and ethics.

Art doesn’t only have to be conscious forms of creation. In fact, everything we chose to do and every choice we make to shape our lives is in its own way, a form of art. Instead of being an obvious art form, it can be considered one’s personal aesthetics and ethics. In Aesthetics  and Ethics in Everyday Life by Martin Bartel, he explains that although not everyone has to be the creators, but they still “selects shelter, food, clothing, transportation, and so on”. Even the “consumer” can be artistic with just the innate need for aesthetic fulfillment. According to Bartel, aesthetic needs are centered around our own basic needs.  We can be could even be designing and constructing by habit and not thinking of “the meaning, symbolism, and effects on society”.  Even in Owen Stratches’s post, The Aesthetics of Work, he explains that the creation of your physical environment does matter, from the “cleanness of your desk, the pictures you hang on your wall, the natural lighting you favor over fluorescent lights, the chair in which you sit-“. So even how we set our work assignment can be considered how we shape our life aesthetically.

Of course its not reasonable to always announce such things like planning on how you sleep is a form of art. Since its because they’re everyday habitual tasks that it would be silly to boast about it. But, it is true that one’s life can be a work of art.  Think and  don’t be afraid to  make choices that you believe is your form of expression. Determine the lines between what you see as acceptable and whats not.