A Survey of Surface-Based Illustrative Rendering for Visualization



In this article we survey illustrative rendering techniques for 3D surface models. We first discuss the field of illustrative visualization in general and provide a new definition for this sub-area of visualization. For the remainder of the survey we then focus on surface-based models. We start by briefly summarizing the differential geometry fundamental to many approaches and discuss additional general requirements for the underlying models and the methods' implementations. We then provide an overview of low-level illustrative rendering techniques including sparse lines, stippling and hatching, and illustrative shading, connecting each of them to practical examples of visualization applications. We also mention evaluation approaches and list various application fields, before we close with a discussion of the state of the art and future work.

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Kai Lawonn, Ivan Viola, Bernhard Preim, and Tobias Isenberg (2018) A Survey of Surface-Based Illustrative Rendering for Visualization. Computer Graphics Forum, 37(6):205–234, September 2018.

BibTeX entry:

@ARTICLE{Lawonn:2018:SSI, author = {Kai Lawonn and Ivan Viola and Bernhard Preim and Tobias Isenberg}, title = {A Survey of Surface-Based Illustrative Rendering for Visualization}, journal = {Computer Graphics Forum}, year = {2018}, volume = {37}, number = {6}, month = sep, pages = {205--234}, doi = {10.1111/cgf.13322}, doi_url = {https://doi.org/10.1111/cgf.13322}, oa_hal_url = {https://hal.science/hal-01652236}, url = {https://tobias.isenberg.cc/p/Lawonn2018SSI}, pdf = {https://tobias.isenberg.cc/personal/papers/Lawonn_2018_SSI.pdf}, }

This work was done in collaboration with the Medical Visualization group of the University of Koblenz ยท Landau, Germany, the Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms at TU Wien, Austria, and the Department of Simulation and Graphics at the University of Magdeburg, Germany.