Author Archives: Annie Campbell

Anatomy Face Painting at the Dental School


Earlier on in the year our medical artist, Annie Campbell, joined her colleagues at the University of Dundee School of Dentistry to participate in an Anatomy Face Painting session. There Annie joined the Dental School’s medical artist, Emily McDougall, and their lecturers, Dr Andrew Mason and Dr. John Radford.

Check out the video created by our school’s marketing team:

Seems like such a fun experience. Let’s hope we do something similar at the Medical School!

Thanks for watching.

The TILT team participate in the Dundee Design Festival


It has been an exciting month and we’re pleased to say that a few members of our TILT team were participants in the Dundee Design Festival.

The group consisted of a great team that worked together to help a 3rd year medical student produce fantastic educational video resources about the anatomy and pathologies of the larynx. They then showcased their process as part a talk “Under the Digital Skin

Gray’s Anatomy is one of the most influential illustrated books in the world. For over 150 years and 41 editions it has been the go-to guide for those wanting to glimpse inside the human body. But with the huge strides in digital animation and 3D modeling software, how can designers better communicate what lies under the skin? Hear how a team of surgeons, clinicians, educators and medical artists are working together to produce jaw-dropping images to reveal the human anatomy pixel by pixel.

Doctor as a Digital Teacher

This work was created as part of an innovative Student Selected Component (SSC) available in third year: ‘Doctor as Digital Teacher’–created by Natalie Lafferty. This 4-week module sees learners attend face-to-face teaching sessions and engage in online learning activities, before ultimately developing a resource that can be used in the undergraduate medical curriculum.

We think it’s a great module as it trains our future doctors to become effective educators in an increasingly digital world. Here’s what Zoe had to say about it:

“I chose ‘Doctor as Digital Teacher’ mainly because once you enter medical school your options for creativity and art really are very limited,” said Zoe.

“I really wanted to break the norm and create something a bit different that students can use in their studies. I loved the idea of getting involved in design and colour and editing, and applying this to the subjects I was learning.”

Now take a look at the final products. We think it’s pretty great!



About the team

Zoe Kirkham-Mowbray
Undergraduate Medical Student

Natalie Lafferty
Head of the Centre of Technology and Innovation in Learning

Annie Campbell
Medical Artist & Educational Resource Developer

Mr Rodney Mountain
ENT Consultant at Ninewells Hospital and honorary senior lecturer


See more projects like this

If you want to see more medical animation projects like this then visit our TILT Vimeo and Sketchfab Pages.

TILT Vimeo

TILT Sketchfab

Stock image sites for Health & Medicine

List of health related stock image sites with attribution use only or public domain images

[Always remember to double check the usage rights before using!]

Before you start your search, please make sure you understand creative commons licensing and how to use them:

YouTube video copyright Information, creative commons licence information, advice and help for YouTube video creators and video uploaders in this short, easy to understand film. Creative Commons licences explained.

By Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand with support from InternetNZ

We also highly recommend you follow these attribution guidelines:

National Cancer Institute Search
[note: some of the images (mainly illustrations) are copyrighted so make sure you double check usage]

Image library includes: illustrations, clinical photography, photography of health professionals and patients in research and clinical environments

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Search

Image library includes: illustrations, clinical photography, infographics, photography of health professionals in research and clinical environments, patient photography, medical/cellular imaging

National Eye Institute

Their flickr account:

Image library includes: illustrations, clinical photography, infographics, photography of health professionals in research and clinical environments

National Human Genome Research Institute

Image library includes: Micro-imaging, illustrations, animals, plants, photography of health professionals in research and clinical environments

National Institute of Arthritic and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Image Gallary

Image library includes: illustrations (lots!), photography of health professionals in research and clinical environments

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Image library includes: illustrations, medical/cellular imaging, photography of health professionals in research and clinical environments, some patient photography

National Institute of Mental Health

Image library includes: videos, audio, illustrations, medical/cellular imaging

National Insitute of General Medical Services

Image library includes: medical/cellular imaging, photos, videos

U.S. National Library of Medicine

Image library includes: lots of old health PSAs and advertisements.

Creative commons search

Flickr Creative commons search



Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI) award for our medical artwork

Illustration of head anatomy

I’m super excited to announce that one of our illustration series has won a Silver IMI award in last year’s Manchester conference. View some of the other entries here.

I was not expecting such a positive response and support from my colleagues and the school. I did a small interview that’s available for you to read on the University of Dundee Medical School website.


In brief I’m happy to say that all the digital illustrations created, such as the head series above, are released on a creative commons license that allows for free educational use. We want to encourage others to use our resources too. Check them out:



TILT has a new Sketchfab account

Tilt_Sketchfab_ScreenshotWe’re happy to say that TILT is now a part of the Sketchfab community–a place where our 3D models can be interacted with.

If you have a Sketchfab account, feel free to follow us to keep up to date with our published models. Don’t worry if you don’t have an account, you can still access our content, similar to the one below!

Anatomy of the Inner Ear
by University of Dundee School of Medicine
on Sketchfab

Interactive 3D Ear Model Using Sketchfab

I’m very excited to share with you something that I’ve been working on during the winter months here at TILT, an interactive 3D model of the anatomy of the inner ear.

This interactive is part of a larger project that includes a series of illustrations depicting the anatomy of the ear. Stay tuned for those images on the blog in the upcoming weeks.

In the meantime, go on, have a click and a spin around: 

Anatomy of the Inner Ear
by University of Dundee School of Medicine
on Sketchfab


About this model

Certain aspects of this model were created from segmented MRI data*, making this a highly accurate representation of the tympanic membrane, facial nerve, ossicles and vestibular system.

This work “Anatomy of the Inner Ear”, is a derivative of “3D Ear” by W. Robert J. Funnell, PhD; Sam Daniel, MD, CM; and Daren Nicolson, MD, CM at McGill University, used under CC BY-NC-SA 1.0. “Anatomy of the Inner Ear” is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

You are free to copy, reuse and remix this for non-commercial purposes but we ask that you acknowledge the University of Dundee as well as publish any remixed work under the same share-alike license as the original authors.

*The vestibulocochlear nerve was not derived from MRI data, however heavily referenced.

You can locate the segmented MRI data from the following:

The original MRI dataset can be found in the following location:


Embed it onto your website

You can embed the above interactive onto your website as well. Follow this link to our TILT Sketchfab account and click on the Share button. To embed, simply click on </> GET EMBED CODE then just copy and paste it into your code or wordpress site.


Follow us on Sketchfab

That’s right we now have a TILT account on Sketchfab. Come connect with us, it’s great for us to see what projects you are doing as well.

Thanks for looking!

Our New TILT Intern: Marissa Krebs, MSc Medical Art

Photo of medical artist Marissa Krebs

We are super excited to introduce to you our newest addition to the TILT team, fellow medical artist Marissa Krebs.

Marissa hails from the land across the pond, good old U.S of A and has spent the last year studying for her Master’s in Medical Art at the University of Dundee. For the last couple of months Marissa has been working with us at TILT to produce some really cool Neuroanatomy graphics in the style of the London Underground Subway Map.

The brain child for this project was by one of our 4th year medical students, Alan Muhyaldeen. We’re pretty stoked that he came to us with this idea and incredibly happy with the collaborative effort of both Marissa and Alan. 

Check out the results of Marissa’s awesome visual work below:

Medical Illustration of the spinal nerves created in the style of the London Subway Map

Click the image to see a larger view! Image attribution: “Spinal Nerve Routes” by Marissa Krebs for the University of Dundee is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

medical illustration of descending neural tracts created in the style of the London Underground subway map by medical artist Marissa Krebs

Click the image to see a larger view! Image attribution: “Descending Neural Tracts” by Marissa Krebs for the University of Dundee is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

London Underground Ascending Neural Tracts Medical Illustration by Marissa Krebs

Click the image to see a larger view! Click the image to see a larger view! Image attribution: “Ascending Neural Tracts” by Marissa Krebs for the University of Dundee is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Fancy using these images for your teaching purposes? Feel free to download them! Be sure to add the appropriate attribution in your lectures. The image attributions have been added underneath each picture, just copy and paste!

Thanks to Dr. Paul Felts and Dr. Seaneen McDougall for lending us their expertise in reviewing this content. A special thanks to Natalie Lafferty to bringing this project to life!


Marissa Krebs
Medical illustrator, researcher, copy writer and project manager
Alan Muhyaldeen
Project sponsor, content reviewer and copy writer
4th year medical student, Undergraduate School of Medicine, University of Dundee
Dr. Paul Felts and Dr. Seaneen McDougall
Content experts and reviewers
Centre of Anatomy and Human Identification, School of Science and Engineering, University of Dundee
Annie Campbell
Project manager
Medical Artist and Educational Resource Developer, Technology & Innovation Learning Team (TILT), Undergraduate School of Medicine, University of Dundee
Natalie Lafferty
Medical student supervisor
Head Centre of Technology & Innovation in Learning (CTIL), University of Dundee


Start date: August 2014

Status: Ongoing

The Roam project will provide a virtual hospital for trainee orientation and introduction to wards at Dundee Medical School’s Ninewells base.


MEDICAL ILLUSTRATIONS: Series of dermatology surgical excision illustrations


Project title: Series of dermatology surgical excision illustrations
Project Sponsor: Dr. Andrew Affleck, Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon
TILT medical illustrator: Annie Campbell, Medical Artist and Educational Resource developer


Project Background

Late last semester Dr. Andrew Affleck came to TILT with a few medical illustration requests to help add to his presentation on the Mohs surgical technique. His visually rich presentation included fantastic patient case studies, however lacked the appropriate illustrations needed to tell the story of the procedure. This was a pretty straightforward request and our resident medical illustrator set to work. This short case study covers what her process was and final deliverables.

Project Brief

Dr. Affleck had been using placeholder images and sketches in areas where he wanted new illustrations. Having those examples was extremely useful as it gave us an idea of what he was looking for. Below is a rundown of the illustrations that were to be created:

Fig 1. Tissue cross section (with tumor) illustrating the beveled edge of the cross section

Fig 2. Illustration showing the procedure of vertical (breadloaf) sections being taken and parts of the cancer being missed by doing this method.

Fig 3. A series of illustrations showing the difference between the Mohs method in comparison to conventional skin excisions

Fig 4. Update design aesthetics of pie chat on slide 62 (untitled)



Step 1
Annie first started off researching and familiarising herself with both Mohs and conventional excision procedures. She then created a series of rough sketches to get the basic layout of the final piece down.

UOD_Annie_Campbell_Conventional_excision_sketch_01 UOD_Annie_Campbell_Mohs_micrographic_surgery_sketch_01

To get the perspective correct, Annie used a 3D program to create the basic shapes before drawing in the general outlines in Photoshop.

Step 2
The line work was then cleaned up and tightened in Illustrator. She then produced a rough render in Photoshop to get the values down before moving onto colourising the final piece.

UOD_Annie_Campbell_Conventional_excision_sketch_02 UOD_Annie_Campbell_Mohs_micrographic_surgery_sketch_02

Step 03
Colour and texture was then added to the illustrations in Photoshop.

UOD_Annie_Campbell_Mohs_micrographic_surgery_sketch_03 UOD_Annie_Campbell_Conventional_excision_sketch_03

Step 04
Once the illustrations were colourised, appropriate labels, captions and titles were added to the final piece.




Old vs New Visual Assets

Below is a list of Dr. Affleck’s sketches and reference images along with their new visual assets created by the TILT medical artist:

UOD_Annie_Campbell_pie_tin_insert_Before_After UOD_Annie_Campbell_breadloaf_sectioning_Before_After UOD_Annie_Campbell_Moh_vs_Conventional_Before_After


We’re happy to say that Dr. Affleck was very pleased with his new illustrations and we look forward to collaborating more with him.

If you have a similar need for your presentation to the medical students of the undergraduate school, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the TILT medical artist, Annie Campbell at

Thanks for watching!