2018 AMI Online Salon

Sea Sparkle Cell

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Mona Li
  • Contributors: Mona Li  ; toronto, Ontario
  • Client: Faculty advisor: Nicholas Woolridge
  • Copyright: © 2018 Mona Li
  • Medium / software used: ZBrush, Cinema4D with Arnold render engine, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Print, ¼ page figure in a natural science magazine
  • Primary audience: Educated lay audience

Project Description

Tourists flock to tropical shores to see glowing blooms of Noctiluca scintillans, or “sea sparkle”. Despite its renown, the 3D structure of this organism has seldom been visualized. I sculpted this cell to showcase the morphology of N. scintillans to a lay audience, highlighting features that give these cells their distinct appearance. This illustration is intended to accompany a text about protist diversity.