What is medical illustration?

Medical illustration is a unique and highly specialized genre of art that seeks to visually communicate biomedical processes and concepts. A medical illustrator is not only an artist, but a highly trained visual communication specialist. They possess the artistic ability and the scientific knowledge necessary to translate complex medical and scientific information into images that clarify and educate.


Medical illustrators are found in a variety of fields and are essential to the process of bringing science and medicine to life. They often work with public and patient education initiatives, research labs, in academic settings, hospitals, and institutes.

How does one become a medical illustrator?

There are currently four accredited medical illustration graduate programs in North America, with each program accepting fewer then 18 students a year. Each program includes advanced coursework in instructional design, human anatomy and pathology, and extensive training in specialized artistic techniques.

How does your process work?

Every project is unique, but Frataccia Studio's general work flow is as follows:

Initial meeting - We discuss your project's goals, timeline, and budget.


Estimate - An estimate is sent and a budget is agreed upon.

Contract -  A contract is drafted which outlines the project's timeline, budget, deliverables, copyright,                           and expected responsibilities of both parties. Once the contract is signed, work can begin.


Sketch phase - Sketches (simple line drawings) are created and approved.


Final delivery - The agreed upon final deliverables are provided and project is completed.

How much do your services cost?

Each project is unique and a quote will be given based upon the number of deliverables, timeline, copyright, subject matter, and art style requested.

Frataccia Studios will do its best to provide services that fit your budget.