2018 AMI Online Salon

Camouflage of the Common Octopus

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Julia Bendon; Chicago, Illinois
  • Client: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Copyright: © 2018 Julia Bendon
  • Medium / software used: Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Mudbox, and Adobe Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Printed poster
  • Primary audience: Undergraduate students

Project Description

This poster illustrates a basic understanding of the camouflage mechanism in Octopus vulgaris. For context, an octopus is modeled in its entirety as it transitions into camouflage. A large skin sample from the octopus was used to portray the organization of the cell layers responsible for the octopus’ camouflage mechanism. Insets, each containing an enlarged model of one of three types of cells (leucophores, iridophores, and chromatophores), give a closer and more detailed look. Each cell type plays a unique role in the octopus’ color-changing abilities. The purpose of this poster is to provide an undergraduate student with a stronger understanding of how the individual cellular parts work together to allow Octopus vulgaris to change colors.