2022 AMI Online Salon

Gross Human Anatomy of the Back – Dissection Guide

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Hannah Barkman
  • Client: Scott Simpson
  • Copyright: Hannah Barkman, 2022
  • Medium/software used: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Print Book
  • Primary Audience: College students enrolled in musculoskeletal gross anatomy

Project Description

To propel education about the anatomy of the back and improve upon existing lab materials, these pictorial dissection guides were created for the use of Musculoskeletal Anatomy Courses taught within cadaver laboratories. These illustrations are intended to educate college students while staying true to the anatomy observed in cadaver laboratories. Many medical illustrations in dissection manuals show idealized anatomy, and are inaccurate to how human specimens are seen in a laboratory setting. Dissection guides often leave out explanations on dissection techniques, making the learning process for students without prior dissection knowledge extremely difficult. To combat these issues, I developed the featured illustrations directly from my own observational sketches of cadavers. Through digital painting methods, I was able to achieve realistic renderings of cadavers and pair them with clear text descriptions of dissection techniques to aid in student understanding of the anatomy of the back.