Sculpting Insects

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.

 

Dung Beetle sketch © 2013 Karen A. Johnson

Dung Beetle sketch © 2013 Karen A. Johnson

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.

I frequently do work-in-progress posts on my blog if you're interested in seeing additional examples.  Here are a couple more:  Cottonwood Tree Borer, part 1 and part 2 and a short post on the Cicada.