Proceedings: GI 1998

Clonal Mosaic Model for the Synthesis of Mammalian Coat Patterns

Marcelo Walter , Alain Fournier , Mark Reimers

Proceedings of Graphics Interface '98: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 18 - 20 June 1998, 82-91

DOI 10.20380/GI1998.11

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     title = {Clonal Mosaic Model for the Synthesis of Mammalian Coat Patterns},
     author = {Marcelo Walter and Alain Fournier and Mark Reimers},
     booktitle ={Proceedings of the Graphics Interface 1998 Conference, June 18-20, 1998, Vancouver, BC, Canada},
     year = {1998},
     month = {June},
     pages = {82--91},
     url = {}


We introduce the Clonal Mosaic model for the synthesis of mammalian coat patterns, present its implementation for modeling and display purposes, and give a few examples of generated patterns. The model is based on cell division and cell-to-cell interactions, and it can generate repeating spotted and striped patterns occurring in several species of mammals, especially the big cats and giraffes. From a biological perspective, the model has a strong appeal in light of recent experimental evidence on pigment cells and other pigment related mechanisms; from a computer graphics perspective, the model can not only deliver many patterns which are visually similar to real patterns and can be used as textures, but it is also amenable to simulation on arbitrary surfaces.