A carbon dust illustration produced for an assignment in Biomedical Communications. Reference was taken from specimens in the JCB Grant Anatomy Museum at the University of Toronto.

Date: November 2015

Supervisor: Dave Mazierski

Audience: General


Derwent Charcoal Pencils

Adobe Photoshop

Development Process

Initial Research

Cadaver specimens from the JCB Grant Anatomy Museum at the University of Toronto were used as reference materials.

The original draft was composed at the Anatomy Museum. Afterwards, photocopies were made to enlarge the illustrations and were then traced onto tracing paper. A carbon transfer was made to reproduce the larger, traced illustrations onto Canton paper.


A carbon dust representation of the human palate. This cadaver was missing a few teeth, but overall I think it turned out great!

Rough Draft #1
Drawing with Dust

The final illustration was created using the traditional carbon dust rendering technique. Charcoal dust was shaved off charcoal pencils and paintbrushes were used to apply the dust onto the Canton paper. The illustration was essentially made by "painting" dust onto the canvas.

The Wrap-Up

Finalizing the piece involved scanning the carbon dust illustration and placing leader lines and labels in Adobe Illustrator. Additional touchups and contrast adjustments were done in Adobe Photoshop.

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