2018 AMI Online Salon

Molecular Process of Tooth Decay

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Heather Williams
  • Contributors: Heather Williams  ; Rochester, New York
  • Client: Professor
  • Copyright: © 2018 Heather Williams
  • Medium / software used: Graphite Pencil on Bristol, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Chimera, and MarvinSketch
  • Final presentation format: Printed 8.5 x 11 Poster
  • Primary audience: Educated Lay Audience

Project Description

The intended purpose of this project was to create a small instructional poster that shows molecular pathway leading to tooth decay. I rendered views of the molecules and enzyme from Chimera. The saccharide and enzyme models were obtained from different online databases. I created the glucans by making a long string of glucose in MarvinSketch, which I was then able to render. To illustrate the impact of this molecular process, I painted an example of decayed teeth in Photoshop. The figure, drawn with traditional media, shows where the impact of this process is felt by the patient. Another purpose of this project was to show a combination of traditional and digital media, as well as showing proficiency in multiple molecular and Adobe programs. I used Illustrator to create the arrow effect as well as to allow transparency of the .tiff renders from Chimera. The final layout was composed in InDesign.