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Process: Final editing of pattern

Follow up from the first testing on Media Wall, we had another testing as well as photoshoot for our poster.

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After reviewing, another round of editing had to be done to make the piece look better, and not too clashing.

Below are the updated and final version of the still images of Mutation, follow up from the previous posts.


  1. A subtle background included to create texture, using one of the cells obtained during my visit to EMB for research.


2. The patterns are edited to be more spherical or rounder compared to the previous ones which are more elliptical.


3. The size of the virus(es) are bigger to break the red.


4. The colour scheme for the virus(es) were chosen for contrast. The tone for the yellow used for the bigger virus is reduced so that it doesn’t clash with the red as red is supposed to be the center of attraction.

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