Palate: Carbon Dust Illustration

A carbon dust illustration - painted with the dusty remnants of shaved charcoal - produced for an assignment in Biomedical Communications. Reference was taken from specimens in the JCB Grant Anatomy Museum at the University of Toronto.


Development Process

Initial Research

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

Rough Draft #1

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.

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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