2018 AMI Online Salon

The Neuroanatomy of the Spinal Cord

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Alexander Young
  • Contributors: Amy Cao, Avesta Rastan; Toronto, Ontario
  • Client: Faculty advisors: Dave Mazierski; Shelley Wall
  • Copyright: © 2018 Alexander Young
  • Medium / software used: Adobe Illustrator CC and Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Final presentation format: Print, full page in a textbook
  • Primary audience: Undergraduate students

Project Description

Many of the artistic assignments completed while studying biomedical communications are individual in nature; however, it is more common for illustrators to work collaboratively in industry. The primary goal of this illustration was to emulate a real-world, standardized workflow, and create an accurate representation of the spinal cord as part of a team. Additionally, the illustration helped develop neuroanatomical knowledge while practising different strategies used to depict structural relationships in the spinal cord. The illustration was broken into three main tasks: 1) the composite sketch and research; 2) vector linework; and 3) final rendering. Each task was completed by a separate student, with regular feedback provided by the entire team. The final work was created for use in a neuroanatomy textbook for undergraduate students. Colour, font, and other design choices were dictated by an agreed-upon group stylesheet.