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© Kyle Bean


© Kyle Bean

Kyle Bean on how to illustrate the growing of human organs.

Sketch by Kyle Bean for Mosaic 2

Sketch of approved idea proposed for “Regeneration”. This was one of three ideas Kyle submitted.

© Kyle Bean

Tasked with illustrating a story about regenerative medicine, I was fascinated by the idea of human organs that could be grown outside of a petri dish. For the imagery, I wanted to represent this by showing a partially constructed eye floating in space, away from the traditional laboratory setup. 

2.Mosaic Regeneration © Kyle Bean

Kyle tests out prototype eye ball spheres at his studio.

© Kyle Bean

The idea of using paint came to me after discovering some clear, hollow plastic spheres – I thought it would be interesting to fill and suspend them. I’m often inspired by surrealism, and I figured that I could illustrate the idea of regeneration with a clear nod to the movement.

3.Making of Mosaic Regeneration- images Wellcome Images, London

Kyle (left) and photographer Grzegorz Krzeszowiec (right) start shooting the main image at the Wellcome trust’s photographic studio.

Wellcome Images, London

I first painted the iris on the inside of one half of the sphere using acrylic paint. I left part of the iris unpainted, so I could fill the transparent ball with white emulsion paint up to the line of the iris.  On the shoot we rigged the plastic ball up on a rod and I drilled a hole into the top, which I could then pour the white paint into. It was fun to see the images come together on the shoot day, and I really enjoyed collaborating with the art director and photographer. It was very much a team effort to bring the images to life to illustrate the story.

4.Making of Mosaic Regeneration

Shooting “plates” for both images. Both images are made up of a series of photographs, which are then layered and retouched together to make the final 2 images (left and top right); Grzegorz Krzeszowiec and Peta Bell (Mosaic's Art Director) talk lighting for the shot. 

© Kyle Bean, Top right: © Peta Bell, Bottom right: Wellcome Images, London

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