Anatomy and Art

a blog by Sara Egner

Work of Late

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Well it was nearly finished when I posted a draft before to test the new web hosting.  But I finally settled on a final copy of that facial nerve illustration with my friend Ernest, so I thought I’d share that here.

facial nerve

I’ve been doing a lot of work with the skull again at work lately too.  That’s all been based on the Zygote model mostly, defining which parts of the skull go with which individual skull bones and the like.  That and chemistry, which is less relevant to this blog, but it’s been interesting to me just the same.

And at home, I’ve been working a lot on a painting lately.  It’s funny, she started off so green, but I’ve been morphing the color palette over time.

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This one is getting really close now and I hope to post the finished work soon.  🙂

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February 1st, 2017 at 7:08 pm

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Homunculus

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I confess, I’ve been fairly consumed with politics lately.  I may write more about some of that here at some point.  But for now, I thought I’d share something fun that I got to work on recently at Macmillan.  Some of you are familiar with the concept of the somatosensory homunculus.  There’s basically this part of the brain where the sensory and motor information signals come and go.  And it’s neat because things always go in a particular order, and there are a lot more neurons for things like the face, and hands than there are for things like your shin.  To help people remember the arrangement, it’s common to draw out a distorted human along that area of the brain.  And I recently got a request to create one of these for just the motor part (sorry, no giant genitalia for those of you who are familiar with the sensory side.)

 

homonculus illustration

I feel like I could have exaggerated the prominent features even more, especially the hands, but the idea is still clear.  We dedicate a lot of our neurons to the tongue and lips and overall face, and to each finger, and our wrists.  Comparatively we dedicate a lot less to our toes, our abdominal muscles, our upper arms….

When I was in grad school, a friend of mine once reached out about maybe getting a tattoo done of the homunculus on his head to line up with the part of the brain.  He thought since I was in medical art school, I might have some good ideas for that.  Alas, it was the first I’d heard of it and I was a little too swamped with grad school at the time to oblige him.  But now I got to make one at work.  And maybe someday, if that friend still wants it after all these years, I’ll help him out yet.

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January 15th, 2017 at 8:05 pm

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I Think It Worked!

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Goodness me, I think I’m finally back in internet business again!  Let me try posting an image here and see if it takes…

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And that’s a success!  I haven’t even finished that illustration yet, but I am super excited to see it post.

From what I’ve gathered, the problem with web hosting must have started with some kind of php update on A Small Orange’s end.  For a long time now, everytime anyone went to my site where I keep a log of all of my paintings, snapshotgenius.com/paint, the new php was logging an error.  It had something to do with the way the CSS was written I think, nothing that was actually malfunctioning on the site itself, but rather that just didn’t fit into the expectations of the hosting update.  And this would happen repeatedly as long as anyone was looking, so much that I was consistently building up about 10gb in error logs in less than a week.  This never used to be a problem, and I hadn’t actually changed anything on my end, so this was a weird one to figure out. I just kept getting notices that I’d run out of data and  needed to upgrade my account to cover all the data I wasn’t actually posting.  I tried doing this once a while back.  I thought that maybe I’d just been on that edge of data usage and it was actually time.  The fix lasted less than a week before I was out of data space again and could no longer add files to *any* of my websites.  And when I would try to reach out to A Small Orange about the problem, I would get caught in the runaround, this last time for months and just never get anywhere.  So now, with by the grace of having knowledgeable friends, I seem to be back in the game.  I have moved everything over to GoDaddy hosting which both allows me to not pile up that error message in the first place, but also offers unlimited storage space anyways.  I still need to get a cancellation of service through with A Small Orange, but that should be the last step now.  But for now, I am just excited that I didn’t have to give up all my years of online presence and start over just to get out of that trap.  So yay!  And I hope to get back in the habit of writing more often again here.

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December 20th, 2016 at 1:10 pm

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Test Test

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I am finally changing my web hosting service!  Yay!!!!  This is a test, to see how it’s going so far.

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December 18th, 2016 at 4:39 pm

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Hops and Grains November Show

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Alright, I’m back to being able to post images again, at least for the time being.  And that’s great, because I have an art show starting this weekend.  My own work doesn’t go up until Sunday, but then we’ll be up through the rest of November.  Austin locals do come out!

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November 4th, 2016 at 10:20 pm

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Technical Difficulties

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Just letting you lovely readers know that I still think about you.  I seem to be stuck in bad web hosting though, and right now I can’t post so much as a single image here.  I’ve been stuck like this for a while now, and I am hoping to leave A Small Orange hosting soon and get to Dreamhost or WireNine and get things back up and running again.

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October 26th, 2016 at 9:47 am

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November Show

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Well, we wound up deciding not to show with EAST after some rigamarole about showing work in a bar setting as opposed to a working studio.  But the show is on just the same, and we will be there throughout November starting on the 5th.  Do come see us!

http://www.austinartistsnetwork.com

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October 24th, 2016 at 9:18 pm

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E.A.S.T.

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Looks like I’m finally going to get around to showing again!

flyer for EAST 2016

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August 23rd, 2016 at 10:31 pm

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3D Printable Periodic Table of the Elements

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I’ve been working on a little side project lately at work.  For a long time now, I’ve wanted to get into making 3D printable educational materials.  Our focus on accessibility of late may allow me to do just that.  Did you know that you can download a font for braille, just like any other font?  So I’ve been playing around with a braille version of the periodic table of the elements.  Obviously, this does no good in a web image, but when incorporated into a 3D printable file, suddenly useful.

image of 3D printable periodic table

I haven’t had the opportunity to test this with a printer yet, but I’m working toward that.  Once I have that, I can make adjustments to the digital file and perfect it from there.

I think that if I can optimize this for use, and if schools actually download and print them, that this could be a great addition to our educational offerings.  Really, I’m surprised that I don’t see more of this kind of tool around already.  I really think that we will in the years to come.

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July 20th, 2016 at 1:58 pm

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Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series

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Entry just opened up for Bombay Sapphire’s artisan series.  I’m thinking of submitting some work.  The contest is nationwide.  Maybe you would like to submit something too.

https://www.bombayartisan.com/

The prizes are geared to help you get your work out.  There is a good bit of legalese in there about their rights to use submitted images though.  The submission window is open into August, so there’s plenty of time to look that all over more closely.  It might just be a really great opportunity.

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June 12th, 2016 at 12:30 am

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