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Niki Jacob - Advertising Art & Design Instructor

Drawing Hands-Career


BIOmedical illustrator / animator

Drawing hands can be very scary sometimes, but if you want to be an illustrator or a character designer you need to learn the anatomy of the body in order to draw proportionally and realistically. Only then will you be able to distort the body the way you need to when you want to.

The field of Medical illustration is a unique applied art discipline comprised of professional medical illustrators and animators. It falls within the more general field of biomedical communication.

To start, let’s watch this video on bone structure and start our study of hands.

So what exactly is a medical illustrator/animator?

A medical illustrator is a professional artist with specialized training and advanced education in medicine, science, art, design, visual technology, media techniques, and in theories related to communication and learning. Collaborating with scientists, physicians, and other content specialists, medical illustrators serve as visual translators of complex technical information to support education, medical and life science research, patient care, patient education, public relations, and marketing objectives.

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In order to be able to complete the project, you will need to be well-versed in drawing hands. Following the video above in your sketchbooks draw your hand in 5 different positions rendering it in full value, thumbnail size (3″x5″).


In your sketchbook, start planning your artwork for this unit.

You are a Medical Illustrator commissioned to create a POSTER for a medical office. Full creative Brief Here. Sample below.

The client wants to see 5 thumbnails (3″x5″) in your sketchbook.


Choose 2 of your thumbnails and fully render (color) each (6″x10″)

  • Scan in your 1 chosen favorite rough
  • Photoshop preset PRINT to 11×17
  • Change the scanned drawn layer to 50% opacity (onion skin)
  • Recreate the drawing by iPad Photoshop or desktop Photoshop
  • 11×17 Printed Copy
  • Photoshop psd file
  • Photoshop jpg file