Sunday, July 23, 2017

Full Day Workshops:

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ZBrush For Beginners (Full day Workshop)

Wes Price, Quade Paul, Xochitl Vinaja

Time: 8:00am-5:00pm

Cost: $360.00 Member // $415.00 Non-Member

Max Attendance: 20

CEU’s: 0.8 Art

Are you ready to take your illustration to the next level? This course will introduce you to the digital sculpting and painting program that has become a fun and powerful tool for Biomedical Visualization. We will cover the basics of 3D sculpting from base mesh creation through polypainting and show you how to prepare your models for illustration, 3D print, and animation. Tailored to fit the beginning user, this hands-on intensive workshop is perfect for those inexperienced with the ZBrush workflow or even 3D in general!

Note: Participants are encouraged to bring:

  • Thumbdrive (8gb or higher)
  • Headphones for listening to tutorials
  • Light jacket, fleece or sweater
  • Good attitude and an open mind

Wes Price earned his Master of Science Degree in medical illustration from the Medical College of Georgia and has over 20 years of professional experience in illustration and education. For 12 years he served as an Associate Professor at the Art Institute of Colorado, where he was named “Faculty of the Year” in 2011. He enjoys experimenting with 3D illustration techniques using photogrammetry, digital sculpting, and 3D printing. Currently he is a medical illustrator and faculty for the Department of Anatomical Sciences at St. George’s University School of Medicine, in Grenada, West Indies.

Quade Paul graduated with a B.S. in Fine Arts with minors in Art History and Anatomy from Colorado State University, and then earned an M.A. from the Art as Applied to Medicine program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Over the past twenty years Quade has run Echo Medical Media, an illustration, animation, 3D modeling and printing company for the medical and scientific community. Although he still spends a great deal of time drawing, painting, and sculpting traditionally, the majority of his commercial work now involves using ZBrush and Cinema4D to create illustrations and animations for a variety of clients. One of his favorite 3D sculpting projects is a series of Cambrian fossil reconstructions that he developed in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. He is lucky enough to live and work in the front range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, where the natural beauty of the surroundings is a constant inspiration.

Xochitl Vinaja received her M.S. in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she studied medical illustration and clinical anaplastology. ZBrush is her favorite digital 3D sculpting/modeling program for use in 2D illustration and 3D printing. She is also interested in the dynamic world of digital 3D data capture (photogrammetry, 3D scanning, and segmentation of radiological data) and uses ZBrush in those workflows as well. She is currently an instructor and medical illustrator in the Department of Anatomical Sciences at Saint George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies and is preparing to return to the US this summer to complete her training in clinical anaplastology at Medical Art Resources in Milwaukee, WI.

Plein Air Painting: In Celebration of Nature (Full day Workshop)

Rusty Jones

Time: 8:00am-5:00pm

Cost: $360.00 Member // $415.00 Non-Member

Max Attendance: 20

CEU’s: 0.8 Art

Painting outdoors is a century old tradition that creates the foundation of every landscape painter. Even still life painters, figurative painters, and abstract painters benefit when they pack up their gear and go outside to paint. This workshop is intended to introduce plein air painting to those members who have never experienced painting outside of their studio and to enhance the experience for those who already practice the art of plein air painting.

“En plein air; is a French term for “in the open air”. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel – the precursor to the plein air easels of today – allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air.”

There are two main learning objectives in this workshop. The first is to observe, mix and place on a canvas the proper mixture for a particular color by seeing its hue, value and tone. The second objective is for the members to learn to observe the landscape in three dimensions and properly represent those dimensions in a painting. The third unspoken objective is to have fun.


  • 8:00-8:30 am: Travel to painting location
  • 9:00-10:00 am: Color mixing exercise
  • 10:00-12:00 pm: Painting demonstration
  • 12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 pm: Observation exercise
  • 2:00-4:00 pm: Paint on location


***ALL SUPPLIES FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE PROVIDED*** You do not need to purchase or bring any materials or supplies to this workshop. 

Universal Patient Language: Communicating Complex Topics With Patients (Full-day workshop)

Elizabeth Turcotte, Susan Bartlett, Carly Vanderlee

Time: 8:00am-5:00pm

Cost: $360.00 Member // $415.00 Non-Member

Max Attendance: 36

CEU’s: 0.8 Biomedical


The Universal Patient Language (UPL) is a set of resources to help communicate complex topics with patients developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), with the support of Bridgeable, a Toronto- based service design firm with a biomedical communication capability. UPL was created in collaboration with patients, caregivers, biomedical communicators, and healthcare practitioners inside and outside the pharmaceutical industry.

This is a hands-on workshop that gives participants the opportunity to learn what the Universal Patient Language is by diving deep into the UPL’s seven foundational principles. These principles invite participants to apply a patient lens to planning and building patient communications.

Planning and Building Principles include:

  1. Enable Patient Learning: Equip patients with the knowledge they need to understand complex topics.
  2. Share Qualified, Quantified Data: Present complete, relevant and unbiased data in context.
  3. Design for Digital First: Consider how patients want to access, navigate, and engage with information.
  4. Demonstrate Empathy for Patients and Caregivers: Acknowledge patients’ experiences and establish and emotional connection.
  5. Use Plain Language: Explain complex topics in a straightforward and accurate way.
  6. Communicate Visually: Visualize complex information to make it more digestible.
  7. Format Materials for Understanding: Design layouts that are purposeful and can be easily navigated.

Participants will learn each principle through experiential stations.

Elizabeth Turcotte is the Director of the Patient Hub at Bristol-Myers Squibb. She supports the organization in delivering improved patient experience using service design. Elizabeth drove the overall strategy for the Patient Hub and its emphasis on collaboration with outside stakeholders. Her work focuses on how to incorporate design capabilities into a highly regulated corporate environment so that design is a key enabler for getting work done and achieving business value. In particular, she emphasizes the role of co-creation, prototyping, and systems thinking. Having established the strategy and capabilities, Elizabeth now leads a team that applies design capabilities across the organization. Elizabeth holds an economics degree and an MBA. 

Susan Bartlett is a service designer and business strategist at Bridgeable. She specializes in understanding the complex interactions people have with the world around them, and in finding ways to make those interactions more meaningful and effective. As a principal in the firm, Susan leads large, multi-year strategic initiatives to help organizations transform their business using service design. Her work emphasizes co-creation with a wide array of stakeholders, and applying a holistic, systems-thinking lens to problem solving. Susan holds a B.Sc. in software design and a graduate degree in computer science with a focus on machine learning. Susan also holds a B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Carly Vanderlee is a Biomedical Communications Designer at Bridgeable. Her comprehensive background in Health Sciences enables her to visually communicate complex scientific and medical concepts to a range of audiences. At Bridgeable, Carly is focused on creating visualizations of topics and processes to enhance better patient communication and experiences. Carly holds an MSc degree in Biomedical Communications from University of Toronto, and a BSc in Health Sciences from McGill University.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Half Day Workshops:

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Interactive 3D and Virtual Reality in No Time: Sketchfab for Beginners (Half-day Workshop)

Laura Roy, Kai-ou Tang

Time: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Cost: $260.00 Member // $315.00 Non-Member

Max Attendance: 30

CEU’s: 0.4 Art

Do you want to up your 3D game? Bring interactivity and accessibility to your 3D models in no time! SketchFab is a free web-based platform offering a variety of options to easily share your 3D work. Workshop participants will learn how to upload 3D files to the Sketchfab viewer directly, or via programs such as Cinema4D, Maya, ZBrush, and Photoshop. Your 3D model will become an interactive object viewable on computers/devices and within a Virtual Reality (VR) context. Next you will learn to finalize and annotate your 3D models and animations. The end result can be embedded on a website as a final product for client use and feedback. You can also use it to increase productivity and facilitate interaction in your 3D pipeline by annotating/sharing with your team. Gain key tips to make the experience of web interactivity and VR easy and fun. We’ll also discuss specific techniques relevant to the 3D biomedical content workflow. Taught with the beginning user in mind, this workshop is perfect for anyone, even if you don’t have much experience with 3D! We will provide models to work with, though participants are welcome to bring their own 3D files to test as well.

Laura Roy is the Senior Medical Artist with The Neurosurgical Atlas, where she oversees production of 2D and 3D neurosurgical educational visuals. She is also Founder and Creative Director of Roy Illustration LLC, where she has produced award-winning scientific and medical visuals since 2012. Laura is interested in expanding medical communication capabilities through 3D interactivity, 3D printing, photogrammetry, virtual reality, and the integration of traditional artistic techniques with new technologies.

Kai-ou Tang, MA, received her Biology degree from UNC Chapel Hill. Before attending Johns Hopkins Art as Applied to Medicine, Kai-ou performed wetlab techniques and specialized in histochemistry at Mass General/Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine. She brings these experiences to her interests in scientific visualization, 3D medical modeling and printing, and 3D animation. Kai-ou currently specializes in medical legal illustration in Denver, CO.

Radiology 101: Can You Tell Your Signal Intensities From Your Hounsfield Units? (Half-day Workshop)


Dr. Cynthia Day

Time: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Cost: $260.00 Member // $315.00 Non-Member

Max Attendance: 30

CEU’s: 0.4 Biomedical


This workshop will provide the medical illustrator with a comprehensive overview of current diagnostic imaging modalities including CT, MRI, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, and even plain old x-rays.

Various clinical and forensic examples will be presented to demonstrate why the radiologist chooses one modality over another to best delineate various tissues and anatomical structures.

Dr. Cynthia Day is Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology and is Fellowship trained in Emergency Radiology. Following her fellowship, Dr. Day spent several years as faculty at Harvard Medical School while performing her duties as staff radiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Day also has prior work experience in the oil and gas industry as a computer systems analyst and technical writer. Her role at Biodynamic Research Corporation (BRC) in Houston includes forensic evaluation of radiologic imaging studies in support of BRC’s injury causation and biomechanical analysis practice. Her assessment of such studies includes interpreting radiology exams, reporting pertinent findings, and producing 3D images that aid in the visualization and understanding of complex injuries by non-medically trained personnel.

Advanced Photoshop Techniques (Half-day workshop)

Carolina Hrejsa

Time: 8:00am-12:00pm

Cost: $260.00 Member // $315.00 Non-Member

Max Attendance: 30

CEU’s: 0.4 Art

Most illustrators learn and master Adobe Photoshop over many years. Unfortunately, illustrators are not taking advantage of much of Photoshop’s digital magic. With a few simple tricks, attendees will learn to tackle their projects with confidence. This workshop will be beneficial to anyone wanting to streamline their Photohop workflow and improve their production capabilities.

For example, there are only 10 Photoshop brushes you will EVER need:

  1. Underpainting
  2. Airbrush
  3. Hard
  4. Pen Stroke
  5. Pencil
  6. Details
  7. Hair
  8. Skin Texture
  9. Skin Pores
  10. Bone Texture

You will learn how to:

  • Implement each brush
  • Use blending modes
  • Use the most underutilized tool – SMUDGE
  • Use saved brush presets and custom brushes

A sample exercise will be making your own shortcuts and actions. You’ll learn how to use function keys for the most used actions such as: WARP, LIQUIFY, and PUPPET WARP, which is a best-kept Photoshop secret. In addition, you’ll explore PATTERNS
such as bone cross section, cellular matrix, fat, and muscle cross section:

You’ll save layer style presets for quick rendering, including TUBING, ARTERIES, VEINS, REFLECTED LIGHT, CELLULAR FIELD, and SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS:

These examples are just a fraction of what you’ll learn in this workshop; so if you’d like to expand your Photoshop capabilities, join us!

Carolina Hrejsa, CMI is a self-proclaimed master in Photoshop. With dozens of tricks up her sleeve, she speeds up workflow to accomplish more with less time. Using custom brushes, shortcuts, actions, blending modes, filters, and more, rendering could take minutes instead of hours. Carolina has been a senior medical illustrator and project manager at Body Scientific International since graduating from the UIC BVIS program.