A series of handdrawn animations used to supplement a presentation at The Evergreen State College.Client: Myself
Cephalopods (specifically octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish) have the ability to quickly change the color of their skin. To accomplish this, they rely on densely concentrated pigment-containing skin cells called chromatophores. Each chromatophores consists of an elastic sac that expands or contracts to reveal or conceal layers of brown, red, yellow, and orange pigment.
Fun fact: Cephalopod means “head foot” in Greek.
While it is indeed hard to compete with video of the real thing, using illustration and animation helped to abstract the processes involved in a cephalopod's coloration abilities. Water-based gouache paint was used to color the animations and an After Effects filter, Turbulent Displace, was used to complement the underwater vibe of the subject matter.