Chest 104; Anime X-ray

13 Jun



This image is based on an anime drawing, unfortunately I can’t acknowledge the artist because it was taken from a piece of printed cloth, the original picture is below, if anyone recognises the artist please let me know.

The whole idea of including a chest X-ray in my images adds a discipline that becomes a challenge – how to do it in a relevant way whilst at the same time making it coherent within the picture.
My picture includes a tangle of roots which remind me of the hyphae of fungi. This was teamed with the X-ray which was from a man with a fungal infection of the chest (aspergillosis). The variety most commonly occurring in human pulmonary disease is aspergillus fumigatus. A different variety aspergillus oryzae is known as Koji ( 麹菌 )in Japanese. This organism is used to brew sake and miso. It is this relationship that brings me back to the anime. The whole image is quite dark both in colour and sense.
We have a new building on our university campus and I was asked to submit prints of my digital art for consideration to be displayed in the medical corridors. I am of course delighted. Yesterday morning they had laid out eleven of my A1 size prints, on a large conference table. Going through them with the organisers and showing them how the X-ray integrates into the picture, surprised me to see them separately and together. It’s pleasing to report that they want several of the pictures. I now have to find ways to frame them without spending hundreds of dollars thus making them too expensive (universities seem to be chronically short of cash).


10 Responses to “Chest 104; Anime X-ray”

  1. leecleland June 13, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    Very cleverly done, Tony. Congratulations on having your works chosen to hang in the prestigious hallowed halls of higher learning, what a thrill and well deserved.

    • Xraypics June 22, 2014 at 7:18 am #

      Thanks Lee, I’m getting excited about this, the pictures have been chosen and frames bought – the mattes are more expensive than the frames – that’s a worry. Tony

  2. Playamart - Zeebra Designs June 13, 2014 at 11:02 pm #

    it is interesting to stand back and watch others critique your work, and it’s comforting to see that they admire and approve! i am sure that your images will make an outstanding exhibition!

    good luck with framing options! there are no frame shops near where i live, and i use mdf plywood, sand the cut ‘windows’ then paint them to coordinate with each painting! another carpenter makes the simple frames.


    • Xraypics June 13, 2014 at 11:17 pm #

      Thankyou once again for your kind comments. I suppose we are lucky having these pre-made frames – it probably reflects a lot of the societal values. I’m certain your hand-made frames have 150% more character after the love that is poured into them. But how many people in our society appreciate that? I wonder. Sometimes one can have so much and not appreciate what we have. Tony

  3. annerose June 14, 2014 at 1:51 am #

    Congratulations, Tony. I think your digital will perfectly suit the exhibition setting. It’s especially wonderful to have your work seen by medical students. Well done!

    • Xraypics June 22, 2014 at 7:20 am #

      Thankyou, the organisers have asked me to supply the explanation with each picture.That should be interesting. Tony

  4. infinitelyremote June 14, 2014 at 2:04 am #

    Congratulations on the “exposure” – very good works!

  5. elmediat June 22, 2014 at 2:03 am #

    Great image and wonderful news. Well done on both counts. 🙂

    • Xraypics June 22, 2014 at 7:21 am #

      Thanks again, glad you enjoyed th epicture. Tony

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