Black Lip Oyster
The cover and two-page spread mockup were inspired by an article from National Geographic, The rise of eco-friendly pearl farming, which introduces aquaculture technique in French Polynesian for harvesting Tahitian pearls out of black lip oyster.
The black lip oyster and lobe coral were modelled in Zbrush. The underwater environment was created in C4D. After taking several shots with different poses, a cover image was generated and a two-page spread was composed for this article.
Dr. Nicholas Woolridge
ZBrush, C4D, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
Final presentation format
Mock journal cover and a 2-page spread
Pufferfish 3D sculpture - Alexandra Ho
Cleaner shrimp 3D sculpture - Sherry An
1. Research, Ideation and Rough Sketches
Inspired by an article from from National Geographic, The rise of eco-friendly pearl farming, I decided to make a 3D model of a black-lip oyster and stage it in underwater scenes for editorial mock-ups. Rough sketches of the oyster was drafted for 3D modelling.
Howard, B. C. (2021, May 3). The Rise of Eco-Friendly Pearl Farming. Science. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/130811-eco-friendly-pearl-farming-kamoka-polynesia-oysters-environment
EPISODE 008 \THE BLACK PEARL. (2017, November 3). [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfBNeYdtCps
Kishore, P. (2015). Improving the quality of cultured round pearls produced by Pinctada magaritifera in Fiji. ResearchOnline@JCU. https://researchonline.jcu.edu.au/43780/1/43780-kishore-2015-thesis.pdf