For the past two weeks, I have been working on my illustrations of learning differences, so make sure to check them out in the “illustration gallery” in the sidebar!
I have been researching and diving into many different scientific papers on learning disabilities to more deeply understand the specific neurobiological components to help with my own illustrations. However, even when I find the information, I still have to figure out a way to translate what I’ve researched into illustration form. This is probably my biggest challenge, but this is also what my independent study is all about– visually communicating information about the body that cannot be seen simply using our eyes or visualized from words. Even though I think medical illustrations can be extremely beneficial, there are not many medical illustrations of learning disabilities that already exist that I can find, so I feel like I’m often trying to put together a puzzle from many separate pieces without much to go off of. A lot of research on learning disabilities and scientific studies as well as brainstorming and exploration of professional medical illustrations and techniques go into my drawings. One of my biggest focuses is to create illustrations that are clear and informative for anyone to be able to understand whether or not they have any knowledge of neurobiology. I’m focusing on finding a balance between simplicity while still conveying the important information to create illustrations that are both informative and engaging.
Recently, I have also gotten in touch with Dr. Holmes at Duke thanks to Mrs. Whiting about setting up a visit to the cadaver lab to learn about the human body and practice creating illustrations directly from life. Dr. Holmes also happens to have some contacts who are professional medical illustrators, and she has offered to reach out them, so hopefully this will work out!
Also, here are some of the studies studies I have found that have been quite helpful:
- “Dyslexia: neurobiology, clinical features, evaluation and management”
- “Neurobiology of Dyslexia”
- “Individual Differences in Adult Reading Are Associated with Left Temporo-parietal to Dorsal Striatal Functional Connectivity”
- “Origins of the brain networks for advanced mathematics in expert mathematicians”