About

I am a
medical,
biological,
& scientific
illustrator.
A teacher too.

photo of John Foerster medical illustrator

I received my MFA in Medical and Biological Illustration from the University of Michigan. Foerster Illustration Inc was formed in 1990, and has been the vehicle for my professional work.

I enjoy all natural media, particularly pen & ink. Ironically, I became an early adopter of digital media, and developed a number of techniques that I shared in professional workshops across the country.

That led to many years as an instructor and professor: at Colorado State University, the Medical College of Georgia, and most recently the Savannah College of Art and Design. It's been a grand privelege to work with so many brilliantly talented students over the years.

That effort continues as I work toward creating an online teaching and professional resource: protutorial.com. It's taking forever, but anything worthwhile takes time to achieve.

For nearly three decades of teaching and doing, I have never lost my love of drawing, of life, and of bringing that passion to others.

Selected clients

  • Grey
  • Saatchi & Saatchi
  • TBWA\WorldHealth
  • LLNS
  • Colle McVoy
  • Brown Bag
  • Pfizer
  • Merck
  • Bayer
  • Medtronic
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Ethicon
  • Covidien
  • US Surgical
  • Surgical Dynamics
  • Hill's Pet Nutrition
  • Saunders
  • Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Elsevier
  • Weldon Owen
  • Kendall Hunt
  • Macmillan
  • Time Life
  • Medical Economics
  • American Family Physician
  • ASCCP
  • University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Medical College of Georgia
  • University of Michigan Health System
  • Harvard Medical School

Specialties

  • Medical advertising
  • Microscopic anatomy and MOA
  • Medical anatomy & surgery
  • Medical devices
  • Patient education
  • Veterinary advertising
  • Veterinary anatomy
  • Veterinary devices
  • Scientific visualization & education
  • Storyboarding

Life Line, 1986. Dry-brushed gouache.
A trompe l'oeil study from life, created in memory of my mother who had just passed away.

Posted in memory of Gerald P. Hodge, my Professor and mentor at the University of Michigan. My sensibilities in both art and teaching are largely due to him.

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