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Fundamentals of Graphic Medicine

Much as classic or modern literature are being used to help medical professionals gain insight into the human condition, so too can graphic fiction. This workshop will review the uses of comic book art as a method of graphic medicine, as well as provide an overview of art techniques for creating graphic medicine works.

  • Participants will learn how graphic art can help them reflect on or change cultural perceptions of medicine
  • Participants will explore how graphic art can help in relating the subjective patient/carer/provider experience
  • Participants will see how graphic art can enable discussion of difficult subjects
  • Participants will examine how graphic art can help other sufferers or carers
  • Participants will go over the difference between lines, curves, and strokes
  • Participants will review different types of shading (i.e. hatching, cross-hatching, squiggles, & blending) and inking (i.e.,            spotting blacks, feathering, ink wash, etc.)
  • Participants will analyze the fundamental proportional relationships present in drawing basic human anatomy
  • Participants will study the use of perspective in art

“In contrast to production line, genre based, mainstream comics, graphic novels are full length, square bound ‘serious’ comic books, aimed at adults, usually written and illustrated by one person, thus encapsulating the style, narrative and subjective worldview of an individual. Often drawing on direct experience, the author builds a world into which the reader is drawn. Amongst the growing number of autobiographical works, titles dealing directly with the patient experience of illness or caring for others with an illness are to be found.”

– Dr. Ian Williams, physician, comic artist, and graphic medicine advocate

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Health Sciences Campus