2019 AMI Online Salon

Bioluminescence of the Fan Fin Anglerfish

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Saraina Adam

  • Membership Type: Student Submission

  • Other Contributors:                         

  • Address: Chicago,IL

  • Client: N/A

  • Medium/software used: Adobe Photoshop 2018, VMD 2019, 3dsMax 2019, Mudbox 2019

  • Final presentation format: Printed Poster 20” x 24”]Primary Audience: General public, as the poster would likely be viewed in a museum setting.

  • Primary Audience: General public, as the poster would likely be viewed in a museum setting.

Project Description

Like many deep-sea creatures, very little is known about specific species of deep sea anglerfish. This poster synthesizes information not readily available to public, such as exploring the molecular mechanisms of bioluminescence, the symbiotic relationship bioluminescent bacteria share with the anglerfish, and offers rational for how its morphological structures contribute to predation and defense. Additionally, this poster notes the gaps in research knowledge, and acknowledges that the deep ocean is still largely a mystery with much left to explore. Through dynamic composition and dramatic lighting, the poster illustrates the strange beauty of the inhabitants of the spooky ocean depths.

This poster aimed to combine a semester’s worth of modeling techniques including, integrating box modeling, transferring between Autodesk 3ds Max and Mudbox, utilizing displacement maps to minimize polygon count, and compositing in Adobe Photoshop.