MGarito | Design | Firefly
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Fire Fly 01 Project completed at the Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-Arc Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com

Elevated rendering of the firefly on a pin

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SciArc
Fall 2008
Instructor E. Manferdini

Before officially starting the first fall semester at SciArc, we were required to take a two week long course as an introduction to modeling in Maya. We were instructed to model an insect of our choosing from a predefined selection of species. Working from only a plan, front elevation, and side elevation I proceeded to model the insect shown here. This insect was built primarily with NURBS geometry derived from 2-Dimensional construction curves. The color palette and texturing was taken from images of similar species of firefly.

Beyond the difficulty of learning a new piece of software in a short amount of time, the most challenging portion of this assignment for me, was resolving the relationship between the transparency and coloration of the wings. The time spent test rendering, adjusting settings, and re-rendering, by far surpassed the amount of the time spent on modeling the insect.

Further more, we were required to include some scale object in the scene, in my case the pin which runs through the insect imply that is a specimen captured for study. However, we were not required to create an animation of the insect. I felt though a fly by of the firefly was was not only warranted but necessary to understand it as an object in space and as a creature.