PORTFOLIO / ILLUSTRATION / Sympathetic innervation of capillary beds

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Sympathetic control of blood flow at capillary beds
Adobe Photoshop CS4 & Adobe Illustrator CS4
Medical students, neuroanatomy students
Prof. L. Wilson-Pauwels1, Prof. D. Mazierski1 | Content expert: Dr. I. Taylor2
This textbook illustration aims to explain the neural pathways and mechanisms of sympathetic control of blood flow in the vasculature. Technical goals of this project included improving rendering skills using a combination of Illustrator and Photoshop and creating a unified illustration with multiple components. This project also served as an introduction to the workflow and stylistic requirements of textbook publications.
1Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto 2Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Sketch & rendering process

I had a fairly clear idea of what story I wanted to tell in the illustration, so the layout was established very early on. I vectored everything in Illustrator in order to get clean edges. I then brought the vectored shapes into Photoshop for rendering.

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