Tom Giesler is a special illustrator with an eye for detail and a playful style. earlier this year, we posted a few of his illustrations and were overwhelmed with feedback. It seems as though Tom has struck a cord with many young illustrators and designers within the Vectorvault community.
Here is a montage of his work:
His anatomical posters grossed out half of our readers while the other half fell in love (Fifty fifty is a pretty good start).
This time around, we wanted to put some focus on his patent illustrations. While drawing patents may seem quite structured, Tom has infused his with a great deal of personality. He has helped to bring ideas to life and assisted inventors with their dreams of converting a concept into reality. There’s something to be said about that.
For those of you out there who genuinely enjoy the precision of vector art and have an interest in product development, this may be a career worth exploring. Tom was kind enough to give us some insight into the niche industry of patent illustration.
VECTORVAULT: Tell us about yourself.
Tom Geisler: As for my background, I’m a self-trained illustrator and painter. I began carving out a niche for myself as a patent illustrator while working as a gofer/office assistant at a medical device company about 13 years ago. At that job I was exposed to a lot medical technology. I started out simply setting up computer software and medical hardware for the engineers. Later I began doing some drawings for the company attorneys as they patented devices and minimally-invasive procedures to correct heart disease. Eventually I was invited to observe heart surgeries from the O.R., which truly sparked my interest in human anatomy patent illustrations. Since that first job I have been collecting vintage anatomical books. I spend a lot of time flipping through the illustrations, admiring their beauty and the way information is conveyed through them. I guess it’s sort of pleasure reading for me.