2022 AMI Online Salon

Craniotomy for Left Epidural Hematoma

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Michelle Wu
  • Client: Faculty advisor:  Michael Corrin
  • Copyright:  Michelle (Xingyu) Wu, 2022
  • Medium/software used: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Clip Studio Paint,  Procreate
  • Final presentation format: Print (8.5″x11″ sequential pages)
  • Primary Audience: Surgical residents, medical students

Project Description

This project illustrates the surgical procedure of a left frontotemporal craniotomy for evacuation of an epidural hematoma. The piece is a three-page excerpt from a full sequential series of illustrations. The sequence is rendered in pen-and-ink style linework, with one page fully rendered in color. It depicts a time-sensitive surgery that is crucial to patient survival.The illustrations were made with the input of a neurosurgeon at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. The surgeon’s operative notes from the illustrator’s own craniotomy operation were referenced. A live observation of a craniotomy procedure, as well as faculty and peer critique, contributed to the creation of the piece.As part of the project requirements, one page of the series was rendered in color to demonstrate proficiency with color use. The visual treatment employs a selective color palette, accompanied by detailed linework which showcases subtle differences in texture. Anatomical structures and surgical tools are clearly differentiated by gray value and color, improving accessibility for readers with visual impairment.The intent of the piece is to demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain visual context in the design of a sequential illustration for audience comprehension, as well as to combine text with linework to create an effective visual sequence that is suitable for educational and training purposes.