Posted by: Leslie White | March 14, 2010

Cochlear Hair cells…I will draw you.

For our final assignment in my Illustrative Techniques course, we are to illustrate something physiological. I was reading an old anatomy book when I came across a scanning electron microscope image of human cochlear hair cells. These are the little guys that ring after a rock concert.  I have also been reading a lot about coral reefs and the species of coral and fish that inhabit them. I am finding a lot of similarities between human physiological structure and the coral reef ecosystem. Those hair cells look a lot like anemone fronds. Here are some cool SEM images of hair cells, as well as some very early sketches.

Top: cochlear hair cells Bottom: Sea Anemone

Cochlear Hair cells

Late night sketches

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