Insect Animation - A ladybug

Become a member of the CGSociety

Connect, Share, and Learn with our Large Growing CG Art Community. It's Free!

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07 July 2005   #1
Insect Animation - A ladybug

Hey everyone...I made this in the same vein as my sparrow animation, in the sense that I looked at something's movement in nature, and tried to mimic it in 3d. Once again, this was made in a relatively short time (a total creation time of 13 hours from start to finish, over 2 days)

The specifics are:

-Rendered in 5 passes (Diffuse, Ambient Occlusion, Specular, Dustpass 1, Dustpass 2)
-Scanline renderer (with Mental Ray for Ambient Occlusion pass)
-Render time approx 15 seconds per frame

Feel free to comment! (2mb, DivX)


Last edited by ivanisavich : 07 July 2005 at 08:35 PM.
Old 07 July 2005   #2


Old 07 July 2005   #3
very beautifull work indeed!

can't come up with any crits, srry
My website
Old 07 July 2005   #4
Thanks! case anyone noticed...there was a part near the middle of the animation where one of the ladybug's feet goes through the leaf (quite noticeably). That's been fixed now (2mb, DivX)
Old 07 July 2005   #5
One word man,


Old 07 July 2005   #6

Great job.
Honeydew Studios
Old 07 July 2005   #7
Once again, very nice. You know you should really put up a Rendering tutorial on your site. It would be great to see how you go about rendering these scenes.

Old 07 July 2005   #8
fsanimate: hehe...yes there are many tutorials I would like to add to my site if time permits

Thanks for the replies!
Old 07 July 2005   #9
Hey, nice work mate.

I'm just going to pick at a few things, but only because I've been working on a ladybug lately too and watching some references.

- The front leg when it's walking looks a little odd, like it's broken or something. The side and back legs look better.
- I think a wing flap at the end just before it falls off would add alot. I think you'll find that they will do this to try and regain some balance.
- There doesn't really seem to be any visible gap between the wings on the shell. Not sure if it's there or not on the model?
Old 07 July 2005   #10
Hey sphere,

Thanks for the critique man...I would have liked to do some wing flapping, and definitely looked into it....but couldn't find any good enough references of the inside of a ladybug's shell (ie....anatomical references, vid/real-life motion references etc) I'm pretty sure anything I would have done would have looked even less natural hehe

Definitely some good points you make though.
Old 07 July 2005   #11
No problems. Once again, it's an awesome animation! For the time you spent on it, it's really quite brilliant.

I'm not sure if you checked out or not, but they have a few ladybug videos. One with the bug doing exactly what yours does, falling off the end of the leaf.

Also, check out and search for ladybird. You'll find alot of reference videos there and some are in slow motion.
Old 07 July 2005   #12
Hey man...thanks for those links! The bbcmotion one is going to help a lot in the future!
Old 07 July 2005   #13
Well done indeed. The sutly in the feet placements and weight shifts over the legs and leaf bending accordingly is very well captured.

I did a piece similiar to this as a rig test for my demo reel out of school. Nowhere near the same quality of render or even animation. But i feel yah, bugs are cool to animate.

Incase your interested

Keep up the cool work.
Senior Animator / Framestore - London - @KielFiggins - Animation Store
Old 07 July 2005   #14
Thumbs up cool

very nice render. amazing work man. cool!
╬Ally Chung╬
:: Modeling Reel

Old 07 July 2005   #15
Great video Ivanisavich. I like it alot. Just like the one with the bird.
Thread Closed share thread

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Society of Digital Artists

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2006,
Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Minimize Ads
Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 07:40 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.