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Eye Candy

Megan E. B. Foldenauer, my colleague, fellow MI and friend is one of those people with amazing talent, and amazing personality to match. She is a biomedical illustrator by trade with a Masters degree from the same program I attended and now teach at, Art as Applied to Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is very active in the field, but increasingly finds herself dabbling in her “fine art” which looks as realistic as her illustration work.

She also has her own blog (which also inspires me to keep up with creative blogging) that once you visit, will never tire of the endless gems and memos she has to share. Her blog includes a chronicle of amazing drawings called “ALLTAGLICH” which is German for “everyday”. This is her attempt to do a drawing-a-day that began November 1st, 2006. I am the proud owner of 2 of her “morsels”. She is self-described as a medical illustrator in SE Michigan who loves drawing & painting (doing and appreciating), diet coke, argyle, going out to see music, trolling around small record stores in the Midwest, tattoos, driving country roads, my Trek bike (and the husband who bought it for her – I’ve seen it – it’s cool!), reading all manner of books, REM & The Doves, science, black licorice, off-beat history, ephemera (me too!), Andrew Wyeth, Mark Ryden, Eddie Izzard, genealogy, old anatomy books (ditto), cardigans, British beer, zombie movies, alphabetizing, making lists, Chuck Taylors, Cubs’ baseball, Isle of Skye (Scotland), horsies, and dark humor.

Here are only but a smidgen of her fantastic works, and I tried to pick 5 of my favorites…that didn’t work out. The ones below are only but a fraction of my favorites, but they are all amazing. You can also buy her books on Blurb! I have all 4 – am I gushing or what? Oh…I think I would be way cooler if I had her sign them. Ok, Meg, next time I see you, I’ll bring a pen! Enjoy these gems (and FYI: All images on this post are © Megan E. B. Foldenauer 2008)…


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Eric’s Eyes, My Eye. © Megan E. B. Foldenauer 2008.

The eyes have it! Kinda romantic: these are Megan (right) and Eric’s (her hubby, on the left) eyes. Amazing what she does with graphite.


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I said “eye-candy” didn’t I? Well here’s some sweets, and a few more food items. Just yummy. The slice of bread looks so real, doesn’t it? Top left: Salt water taffy, bottom left: Bread slice, top right: Chocolate coins, bottom right: Hostess cupcake.


A few other studies from the great outdoors… and the even greater indoors. Here are some of my favorites:

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Meg’s comments on her work in her own words:
1) A found feather. 2) This is from my Friday excursion to The Field Museum in Chicago where I did some illustrating for a scientist there. On my “break”, what do you think I did?? Took photos, and, kept on drawing! I love wandering around that museum and sketching. I bet there are a lifetime of sketches to be had there. These were quick little sketches as I only took an hour break. 3) Junco: The sweetest bird I’ve seen in a long time I found on Flickr – a junco. :) This sketch was really quick as I’m doting on my cats who just came back from surgery. And, it’s in the running for tiniest drawing in my sketchbook measuring in at 2 x 2.5″ 4) Teabag 5) Winter hat: Illustration Friday’s “Hat” theme. It’s unfinished, but, I wanted to get my link up on IF before tomorrow, so… a new version will get uploaded as soon as I’m able. I kinda like the partially finished look, though. :) 6) Fern fiddleheads are the coolest! 7) Have some underpants. :) 8) Oh, the drawing intimidation that is the baseball! I’ve started and stopped a drawing like this several times over the years… the angles for the stitching are just INSANE!! But, I have persevered for the first time – hooray :) I’m a big Cubs fan, by the way. You might’ve noticed ;p 9) One of my favorite things are helicopters (as we call ’em). I found this little cluster on the ground two weeks ago and took some pictures of it. I drew this while listening to the Cubs game and then the beginning of the Preakness.


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Mo and Saffy. © Megan E. B. Foldenauer 2008.

Pet projects: Here are Meg and Eric’s cats, Mo and Saffy:

Yes, my cats, Rudy and Milo are friends of Mo and Saffy’s on “catbook”. They are spoiled. Megans says, “I did it! 30 days are complete! In honor of that, and my kitties getting “girl surgery” today, they get the lauded 30th drawing position! :) Thank you everyone who commented and just plain ‘ole LOOKED AT this experiment! I’ll keep drawing, I think. It’s ended up being very rewarding.”

I’ll say! So inspiring…

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Doggie Alphabet. © Megan E. B. Foldenauer 2008.

Next is the “Doggie Alphabet”. Here are Megan’s comments on this one:

“I was so excited when Illustration Friday’s theme last Friday was “alphabet”. I had been wanting to do a little dog breed alphabet for a loooong time now. I don’t know why, but, it’s been brewing since the beginning of the drawing-a-day project.”

A: Airedale terrier; B: Bernese Mountain Dog; C: Cocker Spaniel*; D: Dachsund; E: English Bulldog; F: French Bulldog; G: Great Dane; H: Huskie; I: Irish Setter; J: Japanese Chin; K: Komondor; L: Labrador Retriever; M: Mastiff; N: Newfoundland; O: Old English Sheepdog; P: Pug; R: Rhodesian Ridgeback; S: Springer Spaniel; T: Tibetan Spaniel; V: Vizsla; W: West Highland White Terrier; X: Xoloitzcuintle (Mexican hairless) Y: Yorkshire Terrier. *Sam is her parents’ cocker spaniel! (each page measures 7 x 10″).

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Dude, Trifle and Ho Cat. © Megan E. B. Foldenauer 2008.

So while we are on the subject of alphabets, here are some random thoughts I just had: First, how cool would it be to do a “birdie alphabet”? Or a “metalsmithing alphabet”? Or better yet, a “kitty alphabet”? I know, if I only had 36 hours per day. But while we are on the subject, check out this lovely “high-heel” alphabet…so clever!

The last image in this section is straight from her sketchbook. Megan spent the afternoon at her brother-in-law’s house awaiting the arrival of the cable guy, and this is how she was biding her time… drawing the two house puppies (Dude & Trifle) and their gray kitty (Ho Cat).


I love entomology, which is, I guess, why I am drawn to these critters…

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Wasp in Acrylic.
© Megan Bluhm Foldenauer 2008.

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Bee and Sequined box.
© Megan Bluhm Foldenauer 2008.

Discussion

2 comments for “Eye Candy”

  1. Jeni! This is amazing of you! Thank you so much for profiling me. You know the admiration is utterly mutual. :) You rock!

    Posted by Meg | January 22, 2009, 9:45 pm
  2. Solid. Really like this profile on Meg’s work! The fiddlehead fern is righteous!

    My best to you both!

    Best!
    Dave

    Posted by redehlert | January 31, 2009, 6:06 pm

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