This scientific poster targets lay audiences to describe the morphological changes of a peacock mantis shrimp. The goal of the piece is to engage audiences to have interest in the development of an animal by conveying a clear visual of the characteristics of each life stage. To give an organic look in the overall piece, Pixologic Zbrush was used to create the 3D models and place them in a 3D environment. Visual effects such as the underwater feel and light refraction were added using Adobe Photoshop.
The team sat down with the client to understand the background and the mechanism in which the client is hoping to depict in the figure. Here, we display the sketches and constructed after the client's input.
We tried multiple layout options to find a way to lay information out in a intuitive flow. Given that the former larvae are flowting and the latter larvae reside on a ocean floor, our main options included positioning of them in an appropriate position.
The different stages of mantis shrimp was build on a 3D software, Zbrush, to account for its accurate high resolution depiction that represents the vertical symmetry of the morphology. The 3D sculpture method was perfect to serve as the basis of the organic half-transparent looks especially for the larvaes.