I'm Anna Sieben, medical artist and scientific illustrator based in Leeuwarden (the Netherlands) and the person behind Sieben Medical Art. I work where science and art meet, conveying key scientific messages in a way that is clear, beautiful and scientifically accurate.
When studying Medicine at the University of Groningen I was fascinated by the models, animations and illustrations used to explain illnesses and body processes to patients or to educate students. I realized I wanted to be a part of the process of the visual conveyance of a medical story. In order to do so, I went to study M.Sc. Medical Art at the University of Dundee. Upon completion of my Master of Science in Medical Art with Distinction, I have been working as a medical artist both at universities and as a freelancer.
2019 - ...
Medical artist and scientific illustrator at Sieben Medical Art
2017 - 2019
Medical Illustrator at the Institute for Medical Education at University Medical Center Groningen: creating online content for students of the Faculty of Medical Sciences
Guest lecturer and co-organizer for a Medical Modeling postgraduate course, Universidad de la Republica Uruguay
Internship: Medical Illustrator and Educational Resource Developer at the Dental School of the University of Dundee
Certificate in natural history illustration
University of Newcastle, Australia, 2018
MSc Medical Art (Distinction)
The University of Dundee, 2015-2016
Bachelor of Medicine
University of Groningen, 2012-2015
IN THE MEDIA
Interview Het Snijvlak (Dutch)
Linda Köke interviewed me about my work as a medical illustrator, medical science and art and wrote an article about it on her blog Het Snijvlak.
Women on Sketchfab Blogpost
I was invited by Sketchfab to create the inaugural blog post for a new series, highlighting female artists in the community.
Author interview, Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine
An interview about my work with interactive 3D models and the paper that won the IMI Taylor & Francis Award.
Histology in 3D: development of an online interactive student resource on epithelium
This paper, published in the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, was based on my final project for the MSc Medical Art and describes the development and initial evaluation of the resource.
HOW I WORK
Do you have an idea? Let's make it visual! Tell me about your ideas and your desired outcomes. I will ask lots of questions to see whether or I can meet your timelines, budget and requirements.
If I think I can be the right fit for your project, let’s plan the project.
My first step will be to dive into the subject, making sure I really understand the science behind it. Then, this knowledge will be translated into a visual story; I'll start sketching. I submit initial work for your review (such as initial sketches and storyboards) so that we can nail down the big picture.
Your feedback is incorporated into a more refined artwork, which you are again given the opportunity to review and comment upon, this time with a focus on the details. Depending on the complexity of the project, more revision rounds can be added.
Depending on the complexity of the illustration it can take between 3 weeks to 3 months to create. This timeline includes your review times— the review process is included in my schedule. 3D models often take longer to create, between 3 weeks and 5 months.
Each project is unique and has its own goals. In order for me to provide a quote, I need to understand your project and what you’re looking for. Some of the factors determining the pricing of a project are the complexity of an artwork, the complexity of the subject matter, the license type, the deadline and the number of revision rounds required. Quotes and proposals can be tailored to available budgets.
Feel free to get in touch and let's discuss your project!
As the copyright holder of my work, I often don't sell the work, but a license to reproduce the commissioned work, under agreed upon conditions.
This license may cover a certain type of media (e.g. print only), time period (e.g. for a limited time or in perpetuity), purpose (e.g. commercial or non-commercial), access (e.g. exclusive or non-exclusive use), or geographical area. The license may also include other provisions, for instance regarding future modification of the material.
Many options are available, and pricing will vary according to the license’s scope and value.
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