About the Name | Alar Illustration

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alar a·lar (ā'ler) adj.

The word alar has several connotations in medicine and biology. Most simply, alar means wing-like or axillary.

In anatomyalar refers to the wing-like ala of certain structures including in the nose, sacrum, and sphenoid bone. The sphenoid bone of the skull has both major and minor ala, and the shape is often compared to that of a butterfly, bat, or bird (as in the Alar Illustration logo).

In botanyalar describes the wing-shaped cells at the base and sides of a moss leaf.

In zoologyalar denotes that which pertains to or resembles wings or alae.  


About the Studio

Alar Illustration, LLC provides medical illustration, research, and design services for science, healthcare, medical legal, and public education initiatives. 

The studio has contributed to a variety of projects for different formats and purposes, including journal figures, patient education materials, preproduction research and asset development, medical legal presentations, interactive exhibits, and more.

Alar Illustration is located near Princeton, New Jersey:

 

About the Illustrator

Virginia E. Fulford, MS

I'm a biomedical communicator specializing in medical and scientific illustration, pre-production illustration, and research.

In 2016 I started Alar Illustration, a one-person studio in the greater New York City area. Alar Illustration offers professional illustration and research services for science, healthcare, and education initiatives.

I have a Master’s degree in medical illustration and am currently fulfilling requirements to become a board-certified medical illustrator (expected 2018). I’m also a new professional member of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI).

When I'm not researching or drawing for a client, I enjoy reading, distance running, coding, printmaking, and sketching at museums.

To learn more about my background, continue scrolling or download my resume here.

 

SKILLS & PROFICIENCIES

Illustration 

Digital | Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Bridge), Corel Painter

Traditional | Graphite, Oil, Ink, Watercolor, Gouache, Lithography printmaking

Biomedical

Human gross anatomy, Human physiology, Genetics, Comparative anatomy, Cell biology, Primate biology, Evolutionary biology, Biopsychology, Chemistry

Technical / Process

Osirix, Materialise Mimics, Poser, VMD, HTML/CSS, Storyboarding, Interpreting X-rays, CTs, and MRIs, Interactive PDF and PowerPoint, Google Slides

Working Knowledge

Pixelogic ZBrush, Autodesk 3D Studio Max, Mudbox, Adobe AfterEffects, Blender, Javascript


experience

2017 - present

Contract Employee - Medical Illustrator and Content Researcher | BioDigital - New York, NY

2016 - present

Medical and Scientific Illustrator - Owner and Principal | Alar Illustration - Lawrenceville, NJ

2015 - 2016

Medical Illustrator | Certified Medical Illustrations - Lawrenceville, NJ

2015

Medical Illustration Intern | Journal of the American Medical Association - Chicago, IL


education

2015

MS - Biomedical Visualization | University of Illinois at Chicago - Chicago, IL

2013

BA - Zoology, BFA - Painting | Miami University - Oxford, OH

2010

Biological Illustration (course) | Shoals Marine Laboratory, Cornell University - Appledore Island, ME


select honors & awards

2014

Board of Trustees Tuition Waiver | University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Applied Health Sciences. Merit Scholarship

2011

Nancy F. Cady Scholarship | Miami University School of Fine Arts. Merit Scholarship awarded to one student.

2010

Arthur B. Damon Scholarship | Miami University School of Fine Arts. Merit scholarship awarded to one student.


Select Clients & Publications

JAMA | BioDigital | Edema Partners | Office of the Attorney General of Texas | Global Conservation Force | University College London Department of Chemical Engineering | National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago | Miami University Libraries

Affiliations & involvement

Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) | Co-Editor - AMI Newsletter Committee | Biomedical Visualization at University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni | Miami University Alumni | Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors