Just completed a fun project aimed at visualizing the complexity of all the connections on a given neuron in the brain. It really is astonishing. We really are astonishing. A single pyramidal neuron (the most common in the cerebral cortex) will typically have 10s of thousands of connections, or points of communication with other neurons. And of course, there are 100-200 billion neurons in the brain, depending on your sources of reference. Finally, estimates of total brain synapses are all around 150 trillion. A lot a lot a lot.
In progress shots and final comp follow, done in ZBrush, photoshop, and comped together in Indesign.
Initial Composition sketch:
Illustration with no ‘design’/typography:
Final Comp (click for bigger view):