MediCapture Line Drawings

Line drawings for user manuals may not be the most creative illustrations, but they are essential for device users to understand how to put a product together or how to utilize the features of a product.

What makes good line drawings stand out as better than others? It’s all in the details.

I recently completed a series of various illustrations for a medical video recording device by MediCapture which is used in hospital operating rooms. MediCap® recorders easily save digital video and images to a USB flash drive from any standard video source including endoscopes, arthroscopes, surgical cameras, C-Arms, ultrasounds, etc.

MediCapture_USB300_Front View

MediCapture_USB300_Front View

Capturing specific details exactly as they are on a device is a skillset that requires patience and accuracy. Technical line drawings allow for all the details to be shown exactly as they are and the result is better than a photograph as they give a clearer visual of those little details.  This isometric back view of the MediCapture USB300 device shows the level of complexity shown in a simple line drawing illustration.

MediCapture USB300 Back View

MediCapture USB300 Back View

This assembly illustration shows the typical connections of the MediCapture device, allowing the user to easily see where to plug the typical cords into the medical video recorder.

MediCapture USB300 Typical Connections

MediCapture USB300 Typical Connections

It was a pleasure working with Doug at MediCapture to make these illustrations come together.  If you are in need of technical line drawings for your user manual and require more information, please email

Infographic: The Rise of Electric Car Charging

I had the pleasure to work on this latest infographic for a large announcement by Recargo of their merge with Xatori (press release here). Both companies provide mobile apps for the growing community of plug-in vehicles users.

This is the result of recent data from Recargo, PlugShare and that depicts the increase in usage of electric vehicles over the past couple of years.  It features a series of maps that depict the growth of electric charging locations through the US and Canada.



It was great seeing this project come together through the plotting of data on the map over the various years of time!

For more information on creating infographics, feel free to contact Leanne at

Why hire a Technical Illustrator?

When I receive an initial phone call from a potential client, I find the most valuable information I can provide them is an explanation of my illustration process.  Whether you have worked with an illustrator previously or are looking to hire for the first time, it’s something that should be asked.

As a follow up to “When I Grow Up I Want to Be A Technical Illustrator“, my latest Slideshare presentation answers questions from the perspective of a potential client.

Such questions as:

  • Why would you hire a Technical Illustrator?
  • Can you illustrate this for me?
  • What is the technical illustration process?
  • What are the different types of illustration?
  • What about animation?
  • What drawing view should I use?
  • How much will this illustration cost?

This presentation includes tips for how best to work with a Technical Illustrator.

I hope you enjoy the presentation.  Feel free to share this Slideshare deck and email me ( any questions you may have about technical illustration.


Fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing)

Do you know where your fuel for your vehicle comes from? Or the pros and cons of getting this fuel?

I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with Mother Jones – a magazine publication that features issue on politics, the environment and human rights stories.  The article titled Whose Fault reviews the process of hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. fracking) and how both scientists and oil or gas companies are on both sides of this debate: Does fracking and other drilling techniques cause earthquakes?  Scientific evidence seems to prove it does, however oil and gas companies argue that sentiment without providing the appropriate statistical data to prove their argument.

Mother Jones - Whose Fault?

Mother Jones – Whose Fault?

The illustration was to show the process of fracking through to how it could cause an earthquake, in one simple visual.  In order to extract gas from the earth, drillers push high-pressure fluids down the hydraulic fracturing wells.  Both gas and wastewater return out of the well.  The wastewater is the key ingredient here.  It ends up sitting in a waste water pit for a while, then is shipped off to be disposed of by getting pushed down a wastewater well and into rock such as sandstone.  It is the pressure of the waste water that potentially effects a fault line, causing it to slip and eventually the possibility of an earthquake.

Fracking Illustration

Fracking Illustration

It was great working on the challenges of this illustration, which were including a large amount of process into a little space, as well as  having various things happening at one time and creating a simple visual to show all of that.  The balance was in the simplicity of the illustration.

The fracking issue shows an interesting indication of how we as a society care about the short term positives (getting fuel from the earth for our consumption), while not assessing the long term risks (natural disasters by earthquake). We are our own worst enemies.

It was a pleasure working with Carolyn  on this illustration! To read the full article and to understand both sides of this issue, pick up your copy of Mother Jones magazine today.

I am a Technical Illustrator

I’ve begun writing a series of SlideShare presentations, to introduce to interested clients and art enthusiasts, what it means to be a Technical Illustrator.

The first installment explains why anyone would want to be a Technical Illustrator and what type of industries would hire one. You can learn where you can find technical illustrations, whether in newspapers, magazines or in marketing documents.

Click on the image below to view the entire “I am a Technical Illustrator” presentation.

Slideshare - I am a Technical Illustrator

Slideshare – I am a Technical Illustrator

Stay tuned for future installments that will include how you can become a Technical Illustrator; Why companies should hire freelance illustrators; as well as Using technical illustrations to help market a business or product.

If your basement protected?

The snow has melted in southern Ontario the last couple of days thanks to the great deal of rain we’ve received. Do you sometimes wonder how a contractor is able to protect your house’s foundation from water?  Or what happens when there’s a leak in your basement – why there was no protection?  Maybe you’re missing DMX 5M Drainage Membrane.

I recently had the pleasure of working with DMX Plastics, a company that specializes in ground water control products.  The featured product that I illustrated was a drainage membrane that is placed against a concrete foundation and allows for proper flow away from the foundation.

DMX_M5 Drainage Membrane_Concrete Wall

M5 Drainage Membrane on a Concrete Wall

The challenge with this technical illustration was creating a visual that gave an overview that set the scene for the product, as well as showcasing the features of the product.  We achieved this through a zoom-in section on the illustration that showed details of the various layers.

DMX_M5 Drainage Membrane_Zoom-in

DMX 5M Zoom-in Feature

It was a pleasure working with Steve and Paula on this illustration!

Holiday Greetings!

Tis’ the season where another year of holiday treats and great times with family and friends is upon us.  I always love this time of year, as it’s a reminder for me to be grateful for all that I have and to cherish the special moments.  It’s a time to reflect on the year that was and how blessed I am to have great clients that I have worked with.

This year’s holiday card is inspired by reflection and is based on the spirograph I used to play with as a kid.  Every element of the card is made out of a spirograph shape.

Christmas Card Front

Christmas Card – Front

Christmas Card - Back

Christmas Card – Back

With each new client I am blessed to have the chance to learn something new about technology, manufacturing or design.  As a New Year is in sight, I feel a renewed energy for a fresh start and more good things in technical illustration to come!  I look forward to working with everyone in 2013!

-Leanne Kroll, Technical Illustrator