2019 AMI Online Salon

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a ‘T’

Project Details

  • Company/Institution: University of Toronto

  • Entrant Name: Jennifer Chin

  • Membership Type: Student Submission

  • Other Contributors:                         

  • Address: Thornhill, Canada

  • Client: Prof. Marc Dryer

  • Medium/software used: Maya, ZBrush, Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator

  • Final presentation format: Journal Cover

  • Primary Audience: Educated lay audience 

Project Description

Cancer research is a very broad topic – the avenues that researchers explore are varied, each complex in its own right. The goal of this mock journal cover was to focus on one particular area of cancer research, and in a single image convey that researchers are developing “cancer-fighting cells”. Based on an existing Science article about engineering natural killer (NK) cells with the same modifications as a successful past T-cell trial, the cover title summarizes the idea with a whimsical play on the famous Muhammad Ali quote. The composition also draws on pop culture in order to appeal to a lay audience, referencing the 1965 photo taken by Neil Leifer. On the technical side, the assignment was an exercise in Maya modeling, rigging, rendering, ZBrush sculpting, and compositing in After Effects and Illustrator.