The Challenge: Create a realistic depiction that showcases the beauty of the pyramidal neuron in a rich network. The cerebral cortex forms the outer layer of the brain in mammals and is made up of billions of neurons. The pyramidal neurons – with their cone-shaped cell bodies- live in the cortex and play a vital role in cognition and sensory processing.
How it's done: The illustration was modeled using references from the OpenSourceBrain.org layer 5 pyramidal cell Hay et al. 2011. The 3D illustration was lit, textured, and modeled in Blender, and composited in Photoshop.KeywordsNeuron, pyramidal neuron, brain, human brain, 3D, neuroscience, editorial, anatomy, cerebral cortex, physiology, vertebrates, neuroanatomy, cellular, researchMedia
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