Sunday, 27 February 2011

Anatomy

In the year 2000, in between bouts of drunkenness and guilt about not doing any work I used to be adept at something I called pseudostudy. I was at the time studying some relatively knowledge heavy anatomy subjects, and trying to rote learn "knee bone attaches to the hip bone" or however it goes was painful and had me glazing over by the end of the first table.

I tried writing out notes, but I could type while thinking of something else entirely, so I never actually learned any of it. In the end I fell back on doing something I enjoyed, and telling myself it counted as study. I started doing freehand medical illustrations so that I could remember things. Because when you're trying to work out where the insertion point of the brachioradialis muscle is, you remember it much more clearly when you've painstakingly drawn it in a corner of your notebook.

We were stashing the Elfling's grown up birthday presents down stairs when I stumbled over my box of textbooks, and on top was the ringbound folder I'd put together of my anatomy notes and illustrations; it was a nice twist of fate, because I've been drawing a lot lately, and composing art in my brain, and it's following an anatomical theme. It started in GoMA when I randomly freehand drew a heart from memory on the back of a postcard, and it's sort of spiralled from there. But here are some procrastinatory efforts by an 18 year old Jenn. I wish I'd paid more heed to fine arts.

 











6 comments:

Averil said...

Holy crap, you really can DRAW.

Show us more. Please!

Kirsten said...

WOW!! Your drawings are amazing and much better than the stylisied versions in the latest textbooks.

You are a very talented woman.

Kirsten xx

alliecat said...

What a great way to study, and yes, they are beautiful. I am particularly enamoured by your heart and liver....

Pundelina said...

Oh those brain drawings are bringing back memories. You're a very good drawer Jenn!

Jenn said...

I wish I could copy and paste your comments and somehow tell them to the 18 year old version of me.

Cyliebug said...

You can pass me the legs and feet, brain too please. They need to be up on my wall so strangers can admire and I can gloat about my talented friend!

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