Anatomy and Art

a blog by Sara Egner

Making Marks on Paper

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Artists generally start simply, by making marks on paper.  Whether someone hands us a crayon as children, or we pick up a pencil or pen, this is usually how it begins.  And it is a good beginning.

It occurs to me that I haven’t posted any of my own work yet.  But what to post?  Where to begin?  So I decided to start simply, and post some drawings.

The first two were done shortly before my entry into the biomedical visualization program at UIC.

The last two were done as part of my studies out at UIC.  You can tell that the lines are cleaner.  I learned a lot of tricks to add to and clean up those marks on paper with a computer.

The last image here was done in pen and ink traditionally.  That was an especially fun way to make marks on paper.  You get to use a special paper and everything.  The image itself is of a nephron, which is the smallest functional unit of the kidney (see

So that’s a taste of my work.

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July 22nd, 2009 at 9:39 am

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