How do you decide what topic to write about? What software do you use to draw? How much time does it take? These are all questions I routinely receive regarding illustrations I post on social media, so here’s my best attempt to shed some light on my workflow.
I’m in a constant pursuit to know more about everything! Although cardiothoracic anesthesiology and intensive care are my subspecialties, I have an interest in all organ systems and their delicate interplay to maintain systemic homeostasis. Consequently, my ideas for illustrations stem from anything – my patients, new publications, random notes in a margin of some textbook that I found interesting, a topic I ran across on YouTube, and especially topics that I’m weak at.
So what do I use to actually create the diagrams I post on social media? Obviously it can be only one app…
Facetune. It’s what all the cool kids are using. 😉
Just kidding of course. 😛
I use GoodNotes on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil to draw… although I spend most of the time erasing things since I’m definitely NOT an artist. Some of my doodles take 30 minutes, whereas others can take a few hours if I factor in the associated blog post.
After finalizing my drawing, I’ll AirDrop the file to either my MacBook Pro or iMac Pro and use Pixelmator Pro to put some finishing touches on the diagram. If I’m creating a table, I’ll use Microsoft Excel. Then I use a combination of JPEGMini Pro and ImageOptim to perform lossless compression of the image file prior to distributing it on social media with a mini-lecture. Also, I don’t think I’ve ever written the word “Pro” so many times in one paragraph.
I try to keep my workflow simple and spend most of the time on content. Drop me a comment below with questions! 🙂