Cells of Barney (the dinosaur) in Space

I’m trying some things out for modeling the environment in my 3-dimensional scene of the nucleus (created in Autodesk Maya), and here’s what I got:

Yes, that is a chromosome that is floating in what looks like outer space. And yes, that chromosome is purple.

I actually didn’t realize exactly how purple the background would be. I had been working on it for some hours, and you know when you’ve been working on something for so long that you can’t pass any rational judgment on it? So when we were showing our progress in class the other day, a classmate said, “it’s very purple.”

And I looked at it and I said yes. Yes it is.

So I decided that this would be the insides of not a human cell, but Barney the Dinosaur’s cell. Heyyyyyy, kids! Want to travel inside my CELLS today? Hyuck hyuck! Let’s GOOOOOOO!

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About Claire Shapleigh, Biomedical Visualization

Hi, my name is Claire and I'm in my second year of the Biomedical Visualization MS program at UIC. It's a combination of art and science, and it's pretty fun. So far I've dissected a human body and learned how to draw in 2D using a computer AND my hand, and I'm about to learn how to 3D model. Holler at me if you have any questions about the program!

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