I was thrilled to work on another cover story illustration for The Scientist magazine. This article flips the concept that the disease starts with tangles of alpha-synuclein proteins in neurons, but may very well be caused by the inability of cells to rid themselves of toxic materials leading to clumps of damaged cell contents to form Lewy bodies in the neuron.
This topic is very near and dear to my heart because my father-in-law is affected by Parkinson’s disease. I also got the opportunity to use mixed media and traditional watercolors to illustrate the diseased neurons.
Here’s my illustration process from sketch to final art. You can read the entire article here.