Carbon dust


Carbon dust is an artistic technique in which carbon dust is applied to a prepared surface via dry brushes. Highlights may be painted on or scratched out later in the process. Dust is prepared by rubbing carbon pencils against an abrasive surface, such as a metal file. The technique was popularized by Max Brödel (1870-1941)[1] and became widely used among medical and scientific illustrators in the twentieth century.[2]

Carbon dust illustration


  1. ^ Schultheiss, Dirk; Engel, Rainer M.; Crosby, Ranice W.; Lees, Gary P.; Truss, Michael C.; Jonas, Udo (2000). "Max Brödel (1870-1941) and medical illustration in urology". Journal of Urology. 164 (4): 1137–1142. doi:10.1016/S0022-5347(05)67128-5. ISSN 0022-5347.
  2. ^ Hodges, R.S. Elaine (2003). The Guild handbook of scientific illustration. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.