2017 AMI Online Salon

2018 AMI Online Salon

Pigeons as Pathologists?

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Amanda Miller; Toronto, Ontario
  • Client: Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto
  • Copyright: © 2018 Amanda Miller
  • Medium / software used: Pixologic ZBrush 4R8, Autodesk Maya 2018, and Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Final presentation format: Print, editorial cover for a popular science magazine (e.g., Scientific American)
  • Primary audience: Scientifically-interested lay audience

Project Description

This illustration was produced for a 3D visualization methods and technology course in the Biomedical Communications program. The assignment was to design and create an editorial cover for a popular science magazine based on current research in the biomedical field. I chose to create a cover centered around a study published by PLOS ONE, where the study’s results showed pigeons’ ability to characterize benign from malignant human breast histopathology. I wanted to create a playful cover that captured these findings and the audience’s attention, inviting them to further explore within the magazine. Several ideation and compositional studies were done to fine tune this visual narrative prior to rendering the final visualization. Once a composition was established, the modeling process began. This project served as an exercise in learning how to model organic and inorganic objects. The pigeon was modeled in Pixologic ZBrush and the microscope was modeled in Autodesk Maya.