Hello! I am following up on an earlier post that I made showing the color compositions of an illustration in progress. I had revisited my graduate school research project and created a new illustration. The goal here was to show how mechanically loading bone can stimulate changes in the actual bone structure. The final image is below!
I entered this poster into the AMI 2017 Salon this year. Here is the “Intended of Purpose” statement that I submitted it with.
“Bone-building exercises place mechanical loads and forces on the bones. The sensation of these forces, in turn, stimulates micro-architectural changes in the bone. These changes can strengthen and refresh the bone, making it more capable of handling future forces. This illustration depicts the fluid-filled canalicular network in which mechanical forces are sensed and responded to. It also shows the connection between a macro-level activity and the resultant micro-level changes.”
As a side note, I find that runners are often depicted as fit 20-somethings. For my poster, I chose an older man because my research was also about osteoporosis prevention. Bone health is a lifelong endeavor and there are steps that we can take throughout all stages of life to strengthen our bones for the future.
Lastly, I am updating this site little by little and will start publishing weekly on here. I hope you enjoyed the illustration. Have a great day!