The Neuron Diagram



A full-page illustration regarding the anatomy of a neuron designed for a textbook, and following a style-sheet provided by the supervisors.


Dr. Shelley Wall (AOCAD, MScBMC, PhD, CMI, FAMI) & Dave Mazierski (BScAAM, MSc, CMI, FAMI)


Carbon dust on cold-pressed illustration board

Date of Completion

2017 Nov

Process work

1. Research and Rough Sketch Given the parameters of the content of the piece, a sketch was created referencing existing images and text from neuroanatomy and neurophysiology textbooks. The sketch was reviewed by the project supervisor before moving forward. 2. Creating Colour Blocking and a Layout for the Revised Sketch Based on the feedback, the sketch was revised and scanned. A cleaner layout and colour blocking was done in Adobe Illustrator; colour palettes were decided and applied. The main neuron and the inset image were exported individually for Adobe Photoshop. ​ 3. Rendering Digitally in Photoshop Each exported colour-blocked piece was then digitally rendered in Adobe Photoshop. ​ 4. Compiling Assets into the Final Layout The finished assets were then compiled into the final layout in Adobe Illustrator.

5. Feedback and Revisions Feedback was solicited from the project supervisor, other biomedical communicators, and students, and revisions were made to achieve the final piece (above).