Today, medical illustrators are either directly or indirectly employed across several medical fields, from laboratories, hospitals, and pharmaceutical facilities to publishing houses, law firms, and law enforcement agencies.
Specialists providing such illustrations have usually received in-depth training comprised of a foundation in science and medicine, supplemented by training in an art medium to visually translate their knowledge through various techniques. This makes the visuals they produce not only crucial medical assets but also universally valuable reference materials for clearer biocommunication across industries.
Professional medical illustrators employ a range of both digital and traditional visualization techniques, usually collected from literature (textbooks, magazines, essays, etc.) and numerous available physical and/or digital sources (special courses, presentations and exhibits, online digests, films, and media).
Additionally, when it comes to medical illustration and visualization, there are numerous sources of reference, knowledge, and inspiration beyond the print format. We are referring to three-dimensional models and various simulators useful for honing specific, in-depth, and well-structured illustration skills. These may include patient simulators, anatomical models, facial or other prosthetics, and gamified solutions.