2019 AMI Online Salon

Loxoscelism: The Necrotic Bite of a Brown Recluse

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Carmen Burroughs
  • Membership Type: Student Submission     
  • Address: Mississauga, Canada
  • Client: Faculty advisor: Dr. Shelley Wall, Content advisor: Dr. John Wong
  • Medium/software used: Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Final presentation format: 11’x17′ double-page spread for a scientific magazine
  • Primary Audience: Educated Lay Audience

Project Description

The bite of the brown recluse, a spider that can be found in the Southeastern United States, can occasionally result in loxoscelism, or the necrosis of the tissue surrounding the bite. Misdiagnosis of loxoscelism is common, often due to victims overlooking the spider bite and poor identification of the brown recluse spider itself. The primary goal of this didactic illustration is to tell a clear and concise visual and written story, informing an educated lay audience about the brown recluse spider and of the pathological changes in tissue that occur over time due to loxoscelism resulting from a bite, including: the etiology, pathogenesis, and morphologic changes. Technical skill goals for this assignment included the use of digital painting techniques to realistically render structures and form in color, and to arrange illustrations in a compelling and easy to understand design flow across a two page format.