Human Cranium And Carbon Dust

|Client: Prof. Dave Mazierski

|Format: 8.5×11″ print

|Audience: anatomy students, general

|Tools: traditional, Photoshop

Lessons Learned: observational drawing, lighting techniques,basic layout, carbon dust


Inferior view of cranium

What can I say, as a traditional technique developed by medical illustrators for medical illustrators, carbon dust is fun, fun, fun. These illustrations are developed by sketching plastic skull models. Here are a few caveats:

  • At one point your working surface is going to look seriously messy and seriously ugly. But don’t panic. It is fixable.
  • Make sure that you take a look at real bones first. Those foramina are much clearer on real bones comparing to the plastic models.
  • Charcoal is matte. Graphite is shiny. They don’t go together. CHECK THY DRAWING STICK.
  • Highlighting with white paint is seriously fun and may seriously mess up your illustration. You’ve been warned: