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Process: Creating Motifs Part 5

Lately, I started on the motifs for the Virus that will cause the Mutation in the city. The motifs were created and/or designed the same way I did for the previous motifs: find an image of an interesting microscopic anatomy, trace on tracing paper, scan and then digitized and compiled them all together to form ONE virus.

The virus cells that I was inspired by can be seen below.

Virus #1: Structure of Virus

Virus #2: HIV

Virus #3: Structure of Polio Viruses

Virus #4: Ebola Virus

Then, I combined them to form into one motif:

The compiled virus in Black and White
The combined motif in colours.

I had 2 versions of the motif in terms of colour to have a general outline vs how I intend for the virus motif to look like — clearly going towards the direction where my “healthy, normal, and non-virus” main motifs will soon change its “pure” colours to the spread of virus.

Apart from motifs, since the previous lesson where we were demo-ed on how to animate our banner in After Effects, I had thoughts mingling in my mind and thus decided to write it down:


To be brief, I noted down how I think I want my animation to be — main motifs zoomed in or out, virus approaching main motifs, spreading of colour, etc.

When I had these thoughts, I was thinking of Star Wars — how their spaceships were floating in space, the movement of space when spaceship goes towards whirlpool galaxy(?).

Maybe these images will help to show you how I envisioned the background of my banner to be:

Source: http://www.paperhi.com/Toplist_Best_3061
Source: http://www.paperhi.com/Toplist_Best_3061
Source: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Hyperspace/Legends
Source: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Hyperspace/Legends
Source: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Hyperspace/Legends
Source: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Hyperspace/Legends
Source: https://www.wired.com/images_blogs/underwire/2013/02/parallax-hyperspace-stars2.jpg
Source: https://www.wired.com/images_blogs/underwire/2013/02/parallax-hyperspace-stars2.jpg

Process: Experimental Medicine Building

Recently, I head down to the Experimental Medicine Building, to use the resources that they have on human microscopic anatomy/structure.

First foremost, I was taught the fundamentals of using a microscope, and lastly the choosing of whichever samples that I would like to view on.

I was spoilt for choices with the many samples, however the technician was of great help. He sat beside my work desk and assisted me — he even play trial and error to view the different samples to get the pattern that I was looking for in our human anatomy.

I selected a few of the samples, and did a screenshot of what I studied:

Mammal Cerebellum

Human Spinal Cord

Human Scalp

Mammal Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands

Mammal Kidney

Human Lung

Human Skin, Non-pigmented

Mammal Artery and Vein

Human Skeletal Muscle

Mammal Compact Bone

Mammal Ovarian Follicles

Human Ovary, active phase

Human Tongue

Mammal Esophagus

Human Stratified Columnar Epithelium