PROCESS: Glowing 'Shrooms Nature Cover
The goal of this piece was to visually describe the contents of a scientific paper using the format of a mock journal cover. I chose to visualize an article by Kotlobay et al., in which the biosynthesis pathway for eukaryotic luciferin was elucidated.
I started off with very rough sketches to get a sense of the composition as well as content of the piece. Keeping in mind the communication goal and target audience, I was looking to create a visual that was engaging for an educated lay public, and to garner their interest for the article it features.
From the rough concept sketches, I chose to continue the project with this particular one.
The terrarium contains the bioluminescent Neonothopanus nambi used in the article. As this is the main character of the story, it lights up the scene.
The glowing mushrooms "shed light" on the chemical pathway and luciferin molecule, which parallels the article's findings of the biosynthesis pathway of luciferin through use of N. nambi.
I completed the 3D modelling of this piece in Autodesk Maya.
Render and layout