2019 AMI Online Salon

Life Cycle of the Harp Seal

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Caroline Mansur

  • Membership Type: Student Submission

  • Other Contributors:                         

  • Address: Lunenburg,MA

  • Client: Kelly Cloninger

  • Medium/software used: ZBrush, Keyshot, Adobe Photoshop CC

  • Final presentation format: Printed Poster

  • Primary Audience: Lay

Project Description

This poster was created to document the phases of development that occur during the life cycle of the harp seal using 3D assets.

Harp seal development manifests via changes to the color and length of the animals’ coats, requiring naturalistic fur rendering.  The specialized mesh generation tools within ZBrush’s Fibermesh® settings were leveraged to generate a fur coat unique to each stage of development.  The composition features a circular arrangement, with two seals in the life stages commonly associated with the species placed in the foreground.  Pieces of pack ice, an important element in the seal’s life cycle, were also given prominent foreground placement.  Composition and thematic content were integrated by correlating the seals’ life stages with the models’ advance from background to foreground and back again to correspond with the cycle of life.