Final animated render test using below texture process.
TEXTURE PROCESS FROM TOP LEFT - to BOTTOM RIGHT: 1. Procreate symmetrical sketch 2. Photoshop manipulation (levels, layers, further detail 3. Coloring 4. Texture is dropped into AFTER EFFECTS on a TRAPCODE MIR comp and manipulated for movement 5. Further effects in AFX (grid, glows, etc...) 6. To speed up "3D" look, I simply used a CC SPHERE effect and exported using GIFGUN PLUGIN
Original procreate illustration
Photoshop comp with additional texturing and layers for more depth
Texture with color
Trapcode Mir texture
Animated precomp for sphere skin
After the texture is created in black and white, some experimentation with layers, color and more texture for detail. Most of these are simply to see how things look as a base. As an example of a "happy accident, the LOWER LEFT ended up appearing like a crystal structure.
VARIOUS PHOTOSHOP RENDERS - I work in BLACK and WHITE, then color as need be...
CINEMA 4D EXTRUSION TESTS - Using the BLACK and WHITE texture comps as extrusion maps, some interesting results happened. - I may attempt to animate at some point