Rendering of the sandfly Phlebotomus papatasi taking a blood meal for use in a mock scientific journal. The females of this genus require a blood meal to reproduce, much like mosquitoes. The goal of this project was to create a high detail model of the insect and render it like a macro photo (actual flies are roughly 2mm long). To ensure accuracy I worked with Dr. Greg Curler, a Psychodidae expert, who supplied me with images, sketches, and specimens. The model was built in ZBrush, the hairs generated in Cinema4D, and the final render in Cinema4D.
Referenced previous illustrations, photography, and direct observations under a dissecting microscope.
Software Used: Adobe Illustrator, Pixologic ZBrush, Cinema4D