INESSASTANISHEVSKAYA | biomedical communication
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INFERIOR VIEW OF THE SKULL

The Process | From the initial sketch, to the use of carbon dust to create the illustration in a traditional style.

Format | Print

Media | Carbon dust, Adobe Illustrator CS5

Audience | Medical students

Purpose | This illustration was created as part of the Applied Art component of a Human Anatomy and Embryology course. The purpose of this project was to create a tradionally rendered illustration of an anatomical specimen from the Grant's Museum at the University of Toronto.


Carbon dust is a technique that was popularized by Max Brödel, often referred to as the father of modern medical illustration. It was widely used by medical illustrators in the twentieth century. The technique consists of applying carbon dust to a prepared surface, such as illustration board, via dry brushes. Carbon dust itself is obtained by filing carbon pencils against an abrasive surface, such as sandpaper.