Flow dynamics of normal vs. cancerous capillary. For University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Doctorate Student’s Thesis. The image below shows my preliminary pencil sketches that I presented to the client. The first sketch was a full-color sketch that pretty much depicted a representative style suggesting colors and textures that might be used, but significant changes were suggested, which led to the 2nd and 3rd black-and-white pencil sketches, from which the final rendition was produced.
This illustration was rendered entirely in Photoshop. A publishing company contacted me about leasing the image for use in their trade show booth. It was fortunate that I typically work on a large scale in my Photoshop illustrations, and I was able to provide them with a high resolution TIFF file at just the size they needed.
Each of us is supplied with a variety of specialized “white” cells, namely macrophages, T-cells, B-cells, and antibodies. These cells are infused with shared chemical markers, and they all team up to fight hordes of invading bacteria at the site of an infection. After the battle is fought its memory lives on, so the next time your body faces the same infection, it can be defeated much more effectively.
Add to that the huge amount and variety of other mostly benign creatures that reside inside, and they could all comprise a visual—albeit ghostly—walking proxy of yourself. Just don’t lend them your credit cards if they decide to take a vacation from your body.
And if knowing that you are a walking biological repository of minute monsters doesn’t set well with your sense of unsullied sterility, then you could do worse than have to take a regime of strong antibiotics to help your white cells fight your infection. Except that you’d be destroying a bunch of benign critters in the mix, or at least upsetting their balance in your body for years to come.
Cross sections of bone material. Shown are compact bone (left, top), spongy bone (left, bottom), haversian circles and their vessels (left, top), networking bridges called Volkmann’s canals, and in the center of the bone is a main vein and artery. The periosteum is the wall around the compact bone (below, right), and the bone marrow lives inside the spongey bone.
Medical landscape depicting a capillary, vein, lymph vessel with two nodes, a pulsating nerve, and the cellular tissue surrounding them. Blood flows through the vein, expanding into the vena cava, then down into the heart.