The Human Skull

Knowledge Gap: How can the anatomical structures of the human skull be best depicted in light and shadow using traditional media?
Design Solution: Creating an illustration depicting the lateral view of the human skull using carbon dust technique. 
Print (textbook)
Project Details: This illustration was created for a gross anatomy course in the Biomedical Communications program. 
Prof. Dave Mazierski
Carbon Dust
Adobe Photoshop
Date Completed 
October 2017
General public 

Design Process

Sketch and Carbon Dust

Using a human skull model as the main reference, a sketch was drawn in pencil and the final image was rendered using carbon dust. The skull model was placed in an environment with one light source to ensure consistent and accurate lighting. The edges were refined and minor light adjustments were made in photoshop.  


To ensure anatomical accuracy and correct proportions, real human skull models and anatomy atlases were first consulted.

Problem Solving

Frequent communication with prof. Mazierski took place throughout the entire process of this illustration. Feedback and constructive critique were used to emphasize the anatomy by the strategic use of light and shadow.


To overcome her unfamiliarity with carbon dust technique, the author practised extensively with this new tool. With time, fine detail could be achieved as the nature of carbon dust requires a great deal of patience for successful rendering.