Subject: Making illustration for the course book ‘Liggen en Zitten’ (Lying down and sitting) by Jose Gernaat
When José Gernaat asked me if I could make illustrations for her course book about the treatment of posture problems, it instantly sounded interesting. But also a bit daunting! It’s not just illustrations of people sitting, lying and standing. But these are people where the body forms in a certain way because of the way they lie and sit. So the anatomy of the body was also very important to represent correctly.
For each illustration I first made a sketch, often based on a real example.
During online sessions, together with José, I refined the illustrations further and further. A pen stroke more or less made all the difference. The illustrations in the book have no color. Therefore I used shades of gray to create more depth in the illustrations.
Sometimes there was no direct example available and José showed me what pose could be drawn. A few times I used myself or my husband as a model, anything to draw the right pose!
It is well known that many medical books are not very diverse with showing patients. I wanted to change this with my illustrations. José’s book does have this diversity.
Want to know more about the course and the accompanying book? Take a look at the website of HouWijs (Dutch).