Friday, October 29, 2010

Return to the (now cystic) nephron forest

For pathology class, I didn't enjoy the tissue cube study very much, so I decided to return to the nephron forest idea for my final illustration depicting autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD)! Because the target audience is the educated layperson (who would read Scientific American), I wanted to create a lush, immersive forest for the viewer to step into. I think cinematic design class is influencing me - I plan on using some pretty dramatic lighting and atmospheric perspective for this piece!

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD)
graphite + Adobe Photoshop CS4 + Adobe Illustrator CS4 for layout, 11x17" double-page spread

The clean lineart is going to be a real pain... Oh vasa recta, how I dislike drawing you...

EDIT: Just received some feedback today, I will be adding a timeline at the bottom and making the right side more "jungle-y"!


PowersWithin said...

Yay jugle-y cysts!! 8D This is so epic looking O__O I'm sure it'll look even epiccer once u render it fully :D

Lilies in my Cereal said...

Beautiful Illustration! It looks like it should be a centerfold for a magazine!

Joyce said...

@ Minyan: Thanks! Yes, "epic" is totally what I'm hoping to achieve. ;)

@ Lillies: Thank you! That's the intent - the illustration is meant to be a double page spread in a science mag like Scientific American. :)