How did you find Lifeology?
Neither! Lifeology was the idea of Doryan, my husband. He co-founded Lifeology with Paige, and the rest is history! Neither one of us (Doryan and myself) comes from a science background but has an interest in science and health and a passion for making sure information is accessible to all – hence bite-sized courses where the visuals and text work together.
Have you illustrated a Lifeology card deck before?
I have illustrated several now, but you won’t find them published. They are part of the upcoming LIFE Ascent program. I’ve recently spent a lot of time collaborating with Doryan and illustrating together to expand a library of images for Lifeology courses. The first deck I illustrated was on Mindful Meditation. It was also my first time drawing digitally—my artwork before this used traditional media. I love painting in oils, acrylics and gouache. Charcoal is my favorite drawing medium, and I love experimenting with grounds and reductive drawing and painting techniques. This means drawing or painting by lifting out or wiping away.
Acrylic painting in progress showing the exploration of layering with acrylic paint, modeling paste and gesso using a discarded painting.
Would you consider yourself a SciArtist?
I’m not a SciArtist. I don’t have expert knowledge in science, and that’s what I love about Lifeology. We sometimes use artists who are trained in medical illustration or science illustration. We also work with illustrators with a visual art background or visual communication background. The art we use needs to work on an empathetic and communicative level. I really enjoy working with illustrators, as they have a creative and emotional edge for storytelling. I also love working with SciArtists as they offer great technical insight and understanding of human anatomy and biological processes.
The courses you illustrated were for the introductory period of LIFE Ascent and include information about LifeOmic’s apps like LIFE Extend. When looking at the course scripts, what were your initial impressions?
I wrote the course scripts for the 4-week wellness. I asked myself a lot of questions along the way: What are the objectives? Which messages can I communicate? How do I want the reader to feel? How do the visuals enrich the text? How will the cards come to life, and what type of visual flow do I want? I also had the opportunity of illustrating a course on mindfulness that someone else wrote. I really enjoyed that challenge. I had many similar questions and wanted to build a visual flow and narrative story with a central character and lifestyle changes.
Below are two illustrations from LIFE Ascent. The course is What is meditation, and how can you use it to improve your health? This course was my very first attempt at drawing digitally and was a huge learning curve. As a teacher, I always felt it was important to demo techniques to my students. Likewise, I think I must understand the process of illustrating a Lifeology course.