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Learning from the Masters: Tom Jones

Master's copies are a time-honored tradition in artistic training. Copying another's work is useful because replicating a piece forces you to study the minutiae of its execution: how the artist created a sense of texture or subtly shifted value to communicate volume.

Below is my copy of a Tom Jones illustration showing the blood supply of the thyroid, followed by his original. In addition to being a master of medical illustration, Tom Jones also founded the Biomedical Visualization program at UIC in 1921 with the vision to train "artist scientists" -- like me, almost a century later. Tom Jones copy, illustration of thyroid Tom Jones original, illustration of thyroid