The Cortex and The Brainstem

|Client: Prof. Dave Mazierski, Prof. Shelley Wall

|Format: 8.5 x 11” Poster

|Audience: Neuroanatomy students, undergraduate level

|Tools: Photoshop, Illustrator

Lessons Learned: perspective, maquette usage, photoshop paint texturing

Ventral Lateral View of the Brainstem

A ventral-lateral view of the brain is rarely seen in textbooks and atlases. Other than its scarcity in undergraduate anatomy education, I depicted the brain from this unique perspective because, not only does this view showcase the relationship of the cranial nerves to the external features of the brainstem, it also clarifies how parts of the brainstem connect with the diencephalon and the telencephalon. I based the sketch on brain serial dissections from Grant’s museum, a Somso brain model, and a maquette made from MRI images from BodyParts3D. To enhance the interconnectedness between the subcortical structures and external macrostructures, which are essential for understanding the optic and pyramidal pathways, I removed the right occipital lobe and the insula to reveal footprints of association bundles, the projection fibers, parts of the corona radiata, and the contour of the lateral ventricle.