Mecanical insect


Pre-3D sculpture of a mechanical insect, to be used in a short under-1-min film. Wanted it to feel like a living armor, heavy, and strong enemy.

Done with cheap 2$/brick modeling clay, some basic tools and soldered together steel-wire armature (with some part in brass wire for easier flexibility)

Hope you like it!

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this is cool...

its great to see this type of art work, and the best thing is that its made out of cheap molding clay! i wonder what you can do using better materials! U have a lot of skill mate

possibly too good

simply amazing, just a great feel from the whole project.

Excellent texture on the shell, and beautifully blends the mechanical with the biological.

DarkSword responds:

wow thanks, I think there is alot of things to improve, but I appreciate your comment! Makes me want to do more.. ^_^

Yay heavy!

Great man y really love those legs!
But could look a bit more mechanical at first glace.
Really cool man!

DarkSword responds:

Humm.. I think the legs were the bad part, but I'm happy you liked those. I was to modify them to looks more like an insect, with much longer, bended legs..

anyway, thanks!

^_^ That's how it's done!

You're no amateur, that's for sure.
Are those individual segments I see? In addition, you appear to have balanced those antennaie extraordinarily well.

I've explored sculpting before in my spare time. It's not easy to balance a bit like that, EVEN when you're using modeling clay so extraordinarily tough that you can hardly move it with your fingers at all.

0.0 I'm curious, what accounts for this amazing structural integrity that allowed that piece to retain its form over time?

I don't pretend to be amateur when it comes to sculpting, I am 0.0 but that doesn't mean I don't know something epic when I see it.

You sir, deserve the 10/10, and the 5/5... not to mention merit for having that level of patience to begin with...

DarkSword responds:

Armature.. you can't do anything without it, especially for complex shapes like this. Mine is steel wires soldered together using standard copper pipes soldering stuff, but usually you can still go without solder, simply twisting them together. There is that mighty putty technique too, but that's another story.

I used different wire strength too, 2 steel wire size, and brass wire for the antennas (more flexible so it won't go trough the clay when you bend the antennas to shape).

oh, an no, it's not separate pieces, it's a one piece. I had the antennas separated first, then merged their armature with the main one, then fill the gap with more plasticine.

hope it helps..


that is amazing. you obviously put a lot of time into making that. when you make a 3d computer model out of it please post it too.

DarkSword responds:

I will, already posted texture paint test... a bit of an experiment but hey.. I'm doing that to learn.. = p

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Jan 26, 2010
4:33 PM EST
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