2018 AMI Online Salon

The Dynamic and Vulnerable Teenage Brain

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Thomas Nowacki; Kirtland, Ohio
  • Client: Michiko Watanabe, PhD.
  • Copyright: © 2018 Thomas Nowacki
  • Medium / software used: Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Print/Journal
  • Primary audience: Researchers/Teratology Society

Project Description

This Editorial illustration was created for the client to be on the cover of ‘Birth Defects Research’. The request was for an illustration that would display the myriad of complex issues teenagers face in their developing brains. The idea of this research being a ‘puzzle’ is hinted at in the manuscript, thus the depiction of the brain along with various topics as a puzzle. Depictions on the cover of this publication are not full-bleed, but instead contained within specific dimensions in the center of the cover design, explaining the non-standard cover illustration dimensions. Further needs were for the illustration to be capable of being resized for other uses beyond the cover piece. Creating the piece in full vector was the best choice for maximizing versatility of the piece. Vector was also chosen for its bold illustrative and graphic style that would be visible as a smaller size as well as to separate it from the cascade of raster images typically found on covers.