I went to check out an exhibition down at the View Gallery on Hotwell Road called Ka-Boom today. It showcased artwork from 8 different artists, all either working in or hugely influenced by the comic and graphic form. I had originally intended to look around for my Visual Culture essay, but I came across a series of sculptures of bugs, labeled as "The Warrior Series" by Cedric Laquieze. He uses a mixture of mixed media and insect parts to create these creatures, and I found some of the detail and shapes of them could be really useful and influential when designing my caterpillar.
I took a couple of pictures on my iPhone of them for reference.
Because a lot of the tutorials I've been doing have been dealing with man-made objects and not organic things, I decided to add a sort of cyborg element to the caterpillar.
Before I begin designing the caterpillar, I had a look at different examples of cyborg insects for inspiration.
There is hardly anything out there with a cyborg caterpillar hybrid, so I had to resort to insects and use parts of their bodies for inspiration.
As I was searching, I came across some caterpillar toys as well, and I gathered a few and made a moodboard out of them too as there is elements of man made in them as they are solid and in parts. Could be useful for inspiration when I'm designing.
heimlich from a bugs life
A well known animated caterpillar, especially when it comes to CGI would be Heimlich from A Bugs Life.
I've found some video clips of him in the film, and although he's being used mainly for comedy factor (therefore behaving unlike a caterpillar would), he still moves like a caterpillar, and this should be a useful reference for me further down the line.
Absalom from alice and wonderland
Another well known animated caterpillar would be Absalom from Alice and Wonderland.
Although the character design in the original Disney movie has been anthropomorphised with human hands on each of his 'legs', it still holds useful for reference.
In addition, there is also the character design from Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland, who was created with CGI. The character design for that seems a lot more caterpillar like with the way he moves and the way it's been textured too.
squeaks from fox and the hound
Squeaks in the Fox and the Hound is a minor side character, but it's still a useful reference to look at, especially with the way he moves, and the design of the character is pretty realistic in terms of his body.
caterpillar in creature comforts
There's a caterpillar that appears twice in Creature Comforts - The Garden.
Although he doesn't move much, and it's more about what he's saying, the design of the character is still very useful to look at, especially how they've moved all the legs simultaneously.
He appears at around 3.51 - 4.10 and 6.34 - 6.50
The type of animal I want to model is going to be a caterpillar, so to start I gathered a few simple images of caterpillars from the internet and made a moodboard with them.
I also decided to gather some images of cartoonish caterpillars as well as it may help simplify things in the modelling stage if I construct the caterpillar in parts rather than a fully connected spine. It will be something to play with when I get to the designing stage.
I also gathered some drawings and an image of the basic structure of caterpillars. They should aid me when it comes to designing my own.