What are Medical Illustrators?

Medical illustrators are professional artists who visually communicate complex biomedical information, processes and concepts to a wide range of audiences in a clear and creative way. They have an in depth knowledge of human anatomy, neuroanatomy, pathology, histology and many other areas of science, and this knowledge allows them to accurately depict these topics in order to educate and engage an audience. From informing patients about an upcoming procedure to teaching surgical residents the key steps to a surgery, medical illustrators visualize and convey essential health information in a concise and inspiring way. By guiding the viewers eye with their visuals, medical illustrators tell stories the could not be told with words alone. This impactful profession is a vital part of the expansion and effectiveness of the healthcare system.

To learn more about what we do, please visit the Association of Medical Illustrators website.

For more information about the medical illustration program at Augusta University, please visit the AU Medical Illustration website.

What types of services does Ali Ennis Medical Illustration provide?

Ali Ennis Medical Illustration provides a range of creative services intended to meet each client’s specific goals by creating clear, concise and engaging visual solutions. Below is a brief description of the services we provide so that our clients can best understand what we do. We create illustrations using pen and inktone or color, and we create animations using 2D and 3D software. We work closely with our clients to determine the most efficient way of telling their story, all in a timely manner. Below is a short description of some of the types of work we do.

Surgical Illustrations
These are illustrations intended to educate surgeons or surgical residents about a specific surgical technique or procedure by typically showing a series of the major steps. These can be used in journal publications, research papers or textbooks. They are effective for conveying information quickly or showing a view that the surgeon couldn’t otherwise explain with words.

Patient Education Materials
These materials include but are not limited to brochures, posters, 2D and 3D animations intended to explain a condition, procedure or post-operative care to a patient. The goal is to convey important information to patients using images that the specific audience can relate to and interpret easily under a great deal of stress.

Anatomical Illustrations/Instructional Materials
These illustrations and animations are created to educate any audience about normal and abnormal anatomy, cellular processes, pathology or any sort of molecular visualization. Depending on the audience, which ranges from children to medical students, the images can show very general or incredibly detailed anatomy. Typically, illustrations will be presented as diagrams, posters, images for textbooks or ebooks, or slides for a powerpoint or keynote presentation. Animations on this subject matter can be shown autonomously or as a part of an interactive ebook.

Medical Legal Exhibits
These images are intended for use as demonstrative evidence in the courtroom in order to explain complex procedures or clarify the anatomy pertaining to a condition to a courtroom jury. Typically, the images are presented on large display boards for clear visibility. With extensive research, we create each design for our clients based upon their specific case.

Editorial Illustrations
These dynamic images are used to engage a viewer about the content of a publication by visualizing the subject matter in a unique way or evoking an emotion. Commonly, they will be used for covers of journals or magazines.

Marketing and Advertising
These visuals include illustrations or animations of healthcare products such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices and medical instruments with the purpose of visually explaining the purpose and unique features of the product. The audience may include physicians, dentists, pharmaceutical representatives and the public.