Illustration of a glass heart for the Washington Post

Heart made of glass illustration created for the Washington Post for the Health & Science section.

The brief was to show a realistic heart without going into some gore medical thematic. I proposed a heart made of glass and filled with red liquid so the shape will be obvious but the artistic side will dominate the image aspect. By adding some caustics effects and strong glass refraction & dispersion the whole illustration looks photrealistic, almost like a car advertising 😉

Art director: Alla Dreyvitser

Tools used: Modo, Zbrush, Photoshop. Rendered with Octane.

Illustration of a heart made of glass and filled with red liquid
Illustration of a heart made of glass with red liquid inside.
Work in progress steps of an illustration of a transparent human heart
Virtual clay model of a human heart

See my portfolio for more medical illustrations.