Paul Veach
Tardigrades - Surviving Water Loss

Science & Technology

Un-commissioned | New Talent

Why did you make this work:
This animation was created to elucidate the robust survival mechanisms of one of the most fascinating microscopic animals alive, the tardigrade. They are able to survive complete water loss, a feat virtually no other animal can match. As the tardigrade's environment dries, the viewer is taken inside one of its cells, where visually striking, desiccation - defying processes play out.

How was the illustration used:
This animation is intended to be informative and interesting to an educated lay audience. Basic background knowledge in biology is needed to fully understand the content. Tardigrades are often lauded as one of the most indestructible organisms alive. And because--as animals--all of our cells require water to function, the tardigrade's ability to survive water loss is all the more impressive.

How did you make this work:
I wrote and created the narrative script, storyboard, animation and assets, sound design, and post production work. Animation and 3D models were created, rigged, and animated with Autodesk 3DS Max and Pixologic Zbrush. Post production work and sound editing were completed with Adobe After Effects and Adobe Audition. The final video was compressed with an H.264 codec and at 1080p resolution.

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University of Illinois, Chicago
Biomedical Visualization (M.S.)
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Currently Based:
Chicago, Illinois, United States.

Paul is a biomedical artist and animator currently completing his Masters of Science degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago, USA. He grew up admiring great classic illustrators like Andrew Loomis and Howard Pyle. But his love for exploring science led him to merge his interests and create biomedical art that is both grounded in scientific discovery and maintains a visually striking aesthetic.