Here is my final piece for CG Society’s CG Challenge. The challenge was to install autoPACK and use it to generate a HIV in blood serum model and manipulate it using a 3D software. autoPACK is an object packaging App with GUI access that allows you to automatically generate a provided HIV model. I installed it and used 3DS Max to tweak the model and add materials, textures and lighting to the scene. I then took several render passes (lighting, ambient occlusion, specular, zdepth, diffuse, and beauty) and brought them into After Effects to composite and tweak.
Here’s my new logo! Inspired by, you guessed it, The Golden Ratio!
So here’s my first attempt at animation! Enjoy!
P.S. The compression in Youtube is a little pixelated, but viewing it in 480p will help
Here’s the final assignment for my surgical illustration class. It’s depicting a VP Shunt Replacement in a child. VP shunts are used in cases of Hydrocephalus where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is accumulating in the ventricles of the brain. The shunt, which travels through adipose tissue down to the peritoneum (as depicted in the second smaller image), allows the CSF to drain properly. Shunt replacements are required for various reasons, one of which is CSF blockage at the valve of the shunt, which I have shown.
Here are some screenshots of the animation I’ve been working on in 3DS Max. These stills are from the intro scene explaining the synthesis of ATP inside the mitochondria. The animation process started off with some sketches and storyboarding of my concept. Then I animated the 2D storyboard images in After Effects and added the audio script. Next, I began modeling basic shapes for the animatic inside 3DS Max and adding camera moves. Currently, I’m refining some of the models and cameras, adding some modifiers and subtle motions to the “cellular scene” and creating a fluid environment. Plenty more work to do so I’m sure I’ll have another updated post soon!
This stomach was sculpted, painted, and textured using ZBrush.
Part of my Clinical Sciences course included a focus on pharmacology; specifically, the importance of GPCR’s in drug treatment. G protein-coupled receptors, or GPCRs, are transmembrane receptors that receive an extracellular stimulus and activate a signal transduction pathway inside the cell. Almost half of all pharmaceutical drugs target GPCRs, as opposed to other membrane proteins, to enter cells. I chose to depict the GPCR Rhodopsin. Rhodopsin is a visual pigment in the retina responsible for vision in low-light conditions. Rhodopsin is composed of an opsin (7-transmembrane helices) covalently bound to a retinal (photoreactive chromophore). In my composition, Rhodopsin is the purple protein located within the phospholipid bilayer. Rhodopsin is activated by a photon of light which begins the signal transduction pathway, which I wont get into… Enjoy!