Scientific Visualization & Design
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Folding for Outer Space

Folding for Outer Space

A mock cover for Nature magazine, based on a  2017 research study at the University of Tokyo that determined the folding mechanism of ladybug wings for the first time. The study's findings explain how the wings can maintain great strength and rigidity during flight, while also having the impressive ability to fold elastically for compact storage. A visual metaphor of an origami ladybug was used to convey the study's focus as well as the scientists' hopes to apply these lessons to designing space-deployable structures such as satellite antennas.

 

Clients:     Marc Dryer
Medium:   Maya, AfterEffects, IIllustrator
Created:   Dec 2017

 2018 Award of Excellence - Editorial

2018 Award of Excellence - Editorial

 
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Process Work

 Render WIP
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Research & Sketches

Several thumbnail sketches were drafted to convey the subject in various ways. It was challenging to find a way to infer how the ladybug informed satellite design, and thus a blueprint became a key addition to the final product. Lastly, I studied the structure of ladybugs and sourced various origami models to accurately create a realistic design of a paper ladybug.

Modelling in Maya

A lot of tweaks and considerations were made to emphasize the paper texture of the model. Low-poly modeling combined with the right shaders and textures helped bring this idea to life!