Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary Artery Disease


Dr. Shelley Wall, Dr. John Wong.


Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator.


Two-page spread in a popular science magazine.


Lay audience; courtroom judge.


Make an editorial spread that depicts the pathogenesis and clinical consequences of coronary artery disease. Since CAD is so common, but has been popularly associated with older men, I also aimed to use inclusive language and patient representation in my spread. Special thanks to Colleen Tang Poy for helping me workshop the text.


Last updated in December, 2018.

Preliminary research and tissue concept art

Coronary Artery Disease illustration process work
Muscular artey RBC tissue study
Atherosclerosi tissue cube study

Layout & composition

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Colour studies

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Coronary Artery Disease tissue cube illustration process
Coronary Artery Disease tissue cube illustration process
Coronary Artery Disease tissue cube illustration process
Coronary Artery Disease tissue cube illustration process

Digital painting

Despite there being numerous readily-available visualizations of CAD and atherosclerosis, most illustrations of the components of fibrous plaques are highly abstracted, and do not show 3D relationships. Using visual references and description, I tried to depict these structures with enough realism and that they could be easily identified and contextualized in 3D space.

Final layout and composition

Coronary Artery Disease illustration draft
Coronary Artery Disease illustration composition

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