2022 AMI Online Salon

Chasing the Key to Longevity

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Viola Yu
  • Client:Faculty Advisor: Stuart Jantzen
  • Copyright: Viola Yu, 2022
  • Medium/software used:Maya, Photoshop, Illustrator, Procreate
  • Final presentation format:Scientific Journal Cover
  • Primary Audience:Lay Audience

Project Description

There is an ongoing debate in the scientific community about whether Royalactin, a component of royal honey, is the sole determining factor in what induces a larvae to develop into a long-living queen bee compared to a short-lived worker bee. While it is not unanimously agreed whether it is just Royalactin that creates this massive change for bee larvae, they do however agree that overall, the presence or absence of royal jelly during certain periods of the larvae development creates this division of labor. So, while we may not have a definitive answer, we certainly are closer to capturing the key to what determines longevity in bees. I created this editorial cover to highlight and entice a lay audience to explore the exciting kind of research that multiple research articles have been written on discussing this. The work features two hands made from honey that are attempting to capture a flying queen bee. To try to make my illustration accessible to individuals with vision impairments including different forms of color-blindness, they were examined via soft-proof for color-blindness in Photoshop to ensure visibility of images and readability of text.