2019 AMI Online Salon

Unique Behaviors of the Coconut Octopus

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Victoria Zakrzewski

  • Membership Type: Student Submission

  • Other Contributors:                         

  • Address: Chicago,IL

  • Client: University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Medium/software used: Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Mudbox, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign

  • Final presentation format: Printed Poster

  • Primary Audience: Lay Audience

Project Description

This illustration describes the behavioral adaptations that make the coconut octopus a particularly unique species of octopuses: tool-use and bipedal locomotion. The central illustration captures the moment in which a coconut octopus uses a coconut shell as a tool to disguise itself, allowing it to sneak up on an unsuspecting crab. A high level of detail, as well as the tension of an impending attack draws the viewer into the scene, while text and smaller insets further describe how the octopus carries its shells. 2D illustrations are used to explain this process in a simplified visual manner, allowing the audience to receive this message simply and clearly. The client’s instruction was to use 3D modeling and compositing techniques to describe the defense mechanism or behavior of an animal. This medium facilitated creating depth and drama within the illustration, and allowed for a dynamic, detailed illustration that can capture the attention of a lay audience.