ghost Man­tis

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“I’ve al­ways liked in­sects, es­pe­cially the man­tis,” ex­plains Dmytro Teslenko of the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind this ghostly im­age. “There are so many species. I chose my favourite, the ghost man­tis, be­cause he has such a mys­tique about him.”

Teslenko cre­ated the im­age on and off for over four weeks, choos­ing not to em­ploy any rev­o­lu­tion­ary new tech­niques in the process. “It was all pretty sim­ple, old-school mod­el­ling, sculpt­ing and then tex­tur­ing,” he ad­mits. “Sculpt­ing is my favourite part of the process, I ab­so­lutely love ev­ery mo­ment of it.”

For Teslenko, im­prov­ing and re­fin­ing your work is cru­cial to its suc­cess: “I al­ways try to do as many cor­rec­tions as pos­si­ble. When I get to the ren­der­ing stage, if I don’t like some­thing, I’ll go back to sculpt­ing or tex­tur­ing the model be­fore ren­der­ing again. Some­times I’ll do this a few times. Don’t be afraid to spend a lot of time cor­rect­ing. This is your project and only you can make it look bet­ter than it did yes­ter­day.”

ARTIST Dmytro Teslenko Soft­ware 3ds Max, Zbrush, V-ray

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