This illustration was an assignment for the Biomedical Communications Technologies course at the University of Toronto Mississauga Biomedical Communications (UTM BMC) master’s program. The assignment was to perform a freeform digital sculpture and rendering of a subject of our choosing. I chose the state insect of the state of New Mexico: the tarantula hawk wasp (P. grossa). Dr. Christopher Darling, Senior Curator of Insects at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), generously provided a tarantula hawk wasp specimen for this study. Additional reference photographs were taken from ROM exhibits and specimen collections.
Pixologic ZBrush, Maxon Cinema 4D, Autodesk Arnold for Cinema 4D
By examining the specimen using a dissecting microscope (loaned by Prof. Dave Mazierski of UTM BMC), I made plan elevation sketches which were used for freeform sculpting in ZBrush.
1. Harris, A. C. 1987: Pompilidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera). Fauna of New Zealand [no.] 12.