Over the past couple months I've been illustrating the Medical Mysteries column for the Washington Post Health page. The articles are on real-life cases where symptoms and conditions lead to unexpected revelations with some false-leads along the way. From an illustration standpoint it's been an interesting challenge to try to distill the long-term situations into a single dramatic reenactment that contain the condition, the suspects and the culprit, all without giving too much of the ending away. The June mystery (out yesterday) is about a man who's was repeatedly admitted to the hospital after suffering serious symptoms of liver cirrhosis and diabetes; below are the rough thumbnail ideas and then the sketches which lead to the finish above.
The second illustration below was for the May Medical Mystery about a wedding photographer suffering from a debilitating skin condition and potential culprits from her daily life. Art Directed by the always great Brad Walters.