An Insect

An old microphone, springs, plumbing fixtures, typewriter strikers, and a vegetable steamer all lent parts to this insect sculpture. I came up with a scientific sounding name for it at the time but I can’t remember what it was now. I do remember that an expert pointed out an error in the name. It had to do with the number of wings.

Whatever you want to call it, this piece is definitely insect-like. And while I was very happy with how it came out I found it difficult to photograph well. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m no photographer and clearly I was not shooting under anything like ideal conditions. I’m sure I took photos in our kitchen with a smartphone. Not great.

I feel like it was this piece more than any previous one that made me think an accurate 3D render would be useful. With a render I can control various aspects of the virtual camera, surroundings, and lighting that would require equipment I don’t have in real life. Also, it’s another excuse to practice 3D modelling and rendering. I enjoy the variety of switching from actual to virtual building. When I’m tired of being in the basement I move to the computer in my little home office. Eventually the computer will become tedious and it’s back to the workshop again.

Not terrible, but I’m no virtual lighting expert either!
Argyle Fine Art did a better job with their photo.

Spoon Beetles!

 In 2015 I made a series of insects using old spoons, forks, and other small parts. Working at a this smaller scale was a very different experience as every tiny part has such a big impact on the over-all piece. A single screw or bolt on a ray gun can almost disappear, but on a small beetle it becomes a major feature. I  know one day I will be moved to make more pieces inspired by insects.

Photo by Argyle Fine Art.

I’m not exactly sure which ones were sold. Perhaps there are still some available from Argyle Fine Art.