I forgot to show this image I designed last year. I don’t see too many scientific illustrations on this forum so here’s me trying to balance that a wee bit.
I was requested to design an illustration on the occasion of the publication of a paper – Reconstruction and Simulation of Neocortical Microcircuitry – by Markram et al. (Blue Brain Project) in high impact scientific journal Cell. The illustration was selected to make the cover of issue 163, October 2015.
About 2% of the neurons in a neocortical microcircuit are illustrated here. The composition focuses on layer 5 pyramidal cells that reach to the top towards layer 1 cells. These neurons are from the rat’s brain and they’re extremely similar to ours.
This is a Blender & Cycles work with a bit of Photoshop for post processing. I could have done that last part in Blender compositor but ouf of old habits, I was faster with PS…
A detail at full size.
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