2018 AMI Online Salon

Modern Robotic Surgery

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Steven Hughes; Flemington, New Jersey
  • Client: None
  • Copyright: © 2018 Steve Hughes
  • Medium / software used: Print / ZBrush, Substance Designer, Keyshot7, Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Print
  • Primary audience: Health Care Professionals

Project Description

This piece was designed and completed for an in-class editorial modeling assignment. This project addresses the fear that some patients have regarding modern robotic surgery. The da Vinci Surgical System utilizes several specialized endowrist instruments to perform  minimally invasive surgical procedures. Several endowrist instruments are shown invading the body in a threatening, destructive manner. The environment and the aesthetic were highly influenced by Ridley Scott’s Alien Series, and Bungie’s Halo Trilogy. These influences helped turn the human body into an alien-like world full of invasive mechanical monsters. This idea reflects the unease and anxiety associated with robotic surgery and attempts to bring these concerns to light. To address this fear, health care professionals must see robot surgery through the eyes of the patient.