Ni-Ka Ford on the importance of medical illustration

Ni-Ka Ford on the importance of medical illustration

Ni-Ka Ford is a medical and biological illustrator that works with both 2D and 3D sketches often in the neurotech space.

Top 3 Takeaways:

  •  "I was doing an illustration for a procedure. And what happened was the surgeon actually ended up changing his manuscript after seeing my illustration."
  • There are 4 accredited graduate programs for Medical Illustration
  • "When I do something that's more a schematic, I could finish an illustration in maybe a week. More rendered illustrations that are high in details may take me about a month to complete."


0:45 "Can you describe what you do?"

2:45 "How did you get into this?"

5:00 "It sounds more broad than just illustrations. You're not just sketching cadavers, dead bodies but you do more than that. And then you have done some more of this work. Do you wanna describe that a little bit?"

7:00 "Why is medical illustration important? Why do you have to exist?"

12:00 "iIf people are interested in this kind of career path is this something you would recommend?"

14:45 "Do you want to talk a little bit about your freelance work as well?"

15:15 "How long does it take to do an image?"


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