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· 3-D Human Neurophysiology ·

Never underestimate the complexity of the human body, wondrous as it is. As part of my thesis project during my 4th year of my BAAI, I centered my studies around the augmentation of human senses (visual and auditory in particular). As it was a visual thesis, this task eventually led me into the realms of human-machine interface technology, nanotechnology and prosthetics, as well as anatomy and, in particular, neurophysiology.

A major part of this project soon involved the creation of a realistic 3-D model of a human brain, encased within the mind of a 3-D model of a human head, for the purposes of information clarification. To achieve this goal, I utilized a collection of 3-D software available to me (Z-Brush in particular). The following images show the progress from shape concept to final piece.

All images (c) Matt Danko 2007. mattdanko.ca No content on this website may be reproduced without express permission of the artist. Unauthorized usage is prohibited. All rights reserved.

The initial stages of the model(s) included basic shapes and arrangement in a 3-D space.

initial shapes

initial shapes

initial shapes

initial shapes

After I had roughed out the initial brain shape and size, I went to work on the surface texture of the many sulci and gyri (wrinkles on the surface of the brain).

Z-Brush manipulation

Z-Brush manipulation

After creating a convincing rendering of the brain, I worked on a preliminary model of a transparent head.

preliminary brain inside transparent head

Having resolved the shape and surface grooves of the brain itself, I went to work creating a texture for the tissue itself, and mapped the colouring accordingly.

Final Brain

final brain

final brain

final brain

Next, I refined the cranial model, altering the skin texture and overall shape (eyes not shown here)…

bust of model

bust of model

head refinement

head refinement

…and tested the brain placement.

brain / head comparison

brain / head comparison

brain inside of head

brain inside of head

Having successfully sized, positioned, and coloured my brain model, I then focused on other elements of cranial anatomy pertinent to my project, such as the eyes, tongue and nerves.

brain with coloured neural activity

brain with coloured neural activity

(The labeled version of this piece can be found under the Medical section of my portfolio on my website).

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· Grand Piano Cutaway ·

There is an intricate side of this instrument that few of us ever really understand… much less illustrate. Posted here for your viewing pleasure are some of the screenshots of my progress during the creation of my Grand Piano Cutaway.

This cutaway style technical illustration accurately depicts both the intricately detailed exterior and interior structure of a grand piano, including keys, strings, panels and fittings. References used to create this image include company and factory correspondence, blueprints and an intact grand piano.

All images (c) Matt Danko 2007. mattdanko.ca No content on this website may be reproduced without express permission of the artist. Unauthorized usage is prohibited. All rights reserved.

initial vector planes

initial vector planes


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