Superficial facial nerves medical illustration by Dr Ciléin Kearns (artibiotics)

I'm Ciléin Kearns, a doctor and medical illustrator drawing from a background in video games to open up medicine, one artibiotic at a time.

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Designing an illustrated research recruitment poster

Designing an illustrated research recruitment poster

As requested by my followers; here is a walkthrough of how I designed a medical research recruitment poster, with commentary on thoughts behind the choices made.

The poster was aimed at medical staff in the ICU for a multi-centre study investigating aggressive temperature control in unconscious ICU patients with fever.

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1. 0:10 Brief: have a clear message to say

2. 3:00 Word association to spark ideas for the illustrations

3. 4:46 Thumbnail, sketch, refine

4. 12:25 Rendering

5. 15:54 In context

6. 17:02 Icon design

7. 19:22 Summary

Note: this is a commentary on my design process for this particular challenge, rather than a technical tutorial on 'how to art', or solution for all poster design. Absorb the bits you find useful and ignore the rest. I'm happy to take questions in the comments if I've left anything unclear!

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Illustrating for TV: my art made the News!

Illustrating for TV: my art made the News!

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