It's a Bug's Life - Inspiring Digital Art
Bugs come in all different forms. Most people use the term for pretty much all insects, and in this article we've handpicked some amazing digital art. These pieces have all been made by artists with great skill in many different disciplines. If you would like to take a closer look at digital art featuring bugs then please take a moment to review this article below!
This spider has great reflections and a lot of nifty details, such as the bulb that makes the body and the motherboard. A clean and well-made bug indeed.
This 3D creation shows what may happen when you're not at home. Many great details, including lights and shadows, makes this a very nice
piece of art.
A photo-manipulation combined with some digital drawing. The mouse is shot by the artist and slightly retouched, while the glowing dragonfly is painted on a Wacom Intuos in Photoshop CS3. Nice mix of
The Fractalius Photoshop plugin has helped the artist create this stunning ant image in CS4. These processes don't require many steps, but with a good base image they can surely give spectacular results.
This shiny mosquito manipulation shows good work through many details, such as the creative needle to show that it's sucking blood and reflections on the wings.
This bug concept was made for a modeling class and shows a huge bug with an intimidating facial expression. The tiny person standing in front of it makes it quite powerful and dramatic.
This image was created as part of a tutorial series and featured in 3DCreative Magazine. Well-made with many great details and nice lighting and textures. The mist-like air and the jungle-style background puts it in a realistic frame.
Here's a suggestion of a bug from the future. The large finned Awakashi is a large perdatory insect that is blind with sensatory organs of the side of the body. Not only does the artist have a great imagination, he can definitely draw too!
This bug is referred to by the artist as a quick drawing but still shows good knowledge of drawing through the wasp-like body with the stinger and a powerful jaw. The blue eyes are definitely the star of the image.
Scott drew this bug for a Creature of the Week challenge. We don't know how that went, but this one's definitely a well-drawn piece. The light coming from the tail area lights up its feet in a very realistic way and the wings give a feeling of movement.
This spider-like metal bug looks good towards the black background. It challenges your imagination by having some distance. The red glow is a nice touch along with the rust on the back.
This mechanical bug was modeled and rendered in Cinema4D. Many good details, such as lighting, shadows, reflections and the construction of the feet makes this stand out as a very nice image.
Mills modeled this creature in Maya and rendered it using Maxwell Render. It's a very detailed model that is creepy and reminds us of a cute hedgehog at the same time.
This little, digitally painted, futuristic bug on its cold blue background has quite a few good details when you take a closer look.
This robotic butterfly with some similarities to a dragonfly was modelled and rendered in Modo. The bright grey body gives a clean futuristic look, while the glowing red eyes stand out as quite mystic.
This type of dragonfly was seen flying around in the beginning of the Alice In Wonderland movie. The head of a dragon makes a funny twist and it's detailed and has a nice mood to it with the shadow and green background.
This fly has a plastic look, almost as if it was a toy. It was originally created for a video-production class as part of a commercial for bug-ball. Ever imagined playing tennis with huge bugs? That's what bug ball is all about!
This is one of the final bosses in the video-game Lair. The blur of the wings give a sense of motion and it all has a solid realistic look.
Paul Blackham spent about a week with modeling, uv, paint and pose for this wasp. It won him a 2ndplace in a competition. He surely got many nice details in there, from the hairs on the body to the transparent wings.
Ever wondered what ants do when they have their day off? This funny chilling ant illustration has nice colors and nifty details. The use of light and shadows gives a feeling of sunset.
With the use of Zbrush, C4D and Fryrender, John Strieder has made a funny 3D piece of some hippie ants.
This illustration has nice colors and good lighting/shadows. It's a humorous illustration that shows skill and creativity.
Ants are definitely popular to draw, and with these guys we're getting a funny clean illustration with great light/shadow. It actually looks as if they're Photoshopping!
This ladybug has been modelled in Maya and rendered with Maxwell Render. Notice especially the use of light and shadows, along with the colors.
This one was made for a school assignment as far back as in 2004. The lonely bug (a praying mantis) thinks he's a hero. Nice lighting and vibrant colors make this one a very nice piece of work.
This piece won a contest. Alice in Wonderland has influenced and inspired many digital artists, especially after the Tim Burton version came out recently. We especially like the blue ambient colors and the shadows.
This vector-bee was drawn in Adobe Illustrator 2. It has a cartoon-like look and a nice and subtle color scheme. The shadowing and the 3D look of the feelers almost makes it pop out of the screen.
This boy that flies through a field on a dragonfly is surrounded by a nice color scheme and even has the wind in his hair. It has a calm look and a strong personal fairytale-like style.
This centipede has some nice vivid colors and stands out really well from the darker background. Nice lighting and shadows too.
This poor mosquito is caught in the limelight and seems uncomfortable. The artist has made a true character out of this one, with good lighting and great expressions.
Do you like bugs?
We hope you've been amazed and inspired by some of these artworks. Bugs in general may not be the favorite animals for most of us, but these artworks are definitely up to the challenge. We'd love to hear which piece is your favorite and why. Feel free to share links to your own bugs with us in the comments.