Sculpting insects is quite an involved process, especially if I want to be fairly accurate with my representation. First I start with a sketch of different views of the insect-in this instance, a dung beetle. I draw the top, bottom, side and usually the head from the front as well. If something is confusing, I look at it more closely under the microscope.
Then I start the process of sculpting...I begin with the overall shape and add detail later. I'm constantly checking the sculpture against my drawing to make sure its proportions are correct.