Thursday, November 08, 2007

fantastic beasts, where to find them, and an inordinate fondness for beetles

(This was from my art blog, but I decided to post it here too because I started rambling.)

(Modeled in Anim8or, rendered in Bryce, adjusted in photoshop)

I think before I try to create fantastic beasts I should spend a good deal of time modeling created fantastic beasts, like beetles ( and camels, snails, and turtles) In doing so perhaps I can glean some of the Trinity's boundless entomological aesthetic. God seems to have made more beetles then any other living creature. The annie dillard in me says I should ponder this next time I worship at church. What kind of God makes 5,000,000 different species of beetles? Isn't that a bit inordinate? Most girls certainly seem to think so.

While I was modeling this, at one point it was going to be a beetle, so I did some internet searching and found what looks to be an great book:

Also check out this awesome website full of photo reference.

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

In addition to making a great film, learning to draw, getting married, growing up, working on a cathedral, making a book by hand, I think I want to add to my list of things to do before I die: discovering a new species of beetle.