The objective of this illustration was to digitally sculpt a complex organic form, retopologizing the sculpt and realistically rendering it in the subject’s natural environment. 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.
Prof. Nicholas Woolridge
Prof. 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.
1. Harris, A. C. 1987: Pompilidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera). Fauna of New Zealand [no.] 12.