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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. 


December 2019

Nicholas Woolridge

Content Advisor:
Chris Darling

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 digital modeling.

ZBrush was used for digital modeling/sculpting, after which the object was brought into Cinema 4D for coloring, rendering, environment construction and lighting.

1.  Harris, A. C. 1987: Pompilidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera). Fauna of New Zealand [no.] 12.