Quanta Magazine, 2021. Reuse prohibited.
Art direction, concept, 3D motion
Cinema 4D, Redshift
3D illustration for a Quanta Magazine article about gradient descent, by Nick Thieme: Computer Scientists Discover Limits of Major Research Algorithm.
While this is technically simulation rather than animation in terms of how it works (procedural methods, physics-based vs manually moving elements), this is a stylized, editorial artwork and not a mathematically-accurate / educational simulation of what would happen in real gradient descent.
© Olena Shmahalo