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Giant Devil's Flower Mantis

[EDIT]: ALL RIGHT! A DAILY DEVIATION!!:iconisaydanceplz:

(Drum roll, please) And now! My PIECE DE RESISTANCE!!!! (or however you say that) This is my latest and absolute BEST piece of work, that I have yet to make!

Idolomantis Diabolica: the Giant Devils Flower Mantis.

1st place AND Best In Show winner of the 'Mastodon Regional Art\Science fair of 2009! THAT'S 2 YEARS IN A ROW, MAN! Out 3000+ participants(including science)! This baby also got me a scholarship and savings bond! AND it got to be shown in a local professional art gallery.

The base is made of found drift wood and granite. The mantis is made of polymer clay. (What else?) It is 21 inches tall, including the base. And it's life size.

This IS a real species of insect. It's from Africa.
Here's a link for some close-ups. [link]
Image details
Image size
2112x2307px 3.94 MB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon PowerShot SD630
Shutter Speed
1/501 second
Aperture
F/3.5
Focal Length
8 mm
Date Taken
Apr 29, 2009, 3:28:45 AM
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Dreamkeepers's avatar
I love your mantis!  It's great that the insect is so large and dominating.  Captures so much of their appeal!  Nice work!  I used to breed chinese mantids which at 6 inches in length, and a challenge to sculpt and look good.  I don't know if it's because of the specific species of the insect, but you really did a great job here!  Your painted work is spots on! ^_^
Head-ZonkStudios's avatar
Thank you very much!
MasterMathias's avatar
Crystellia's avatar
Mantis: Fear me if you dare!
Pyroxene-Kids's avatar
:icongreatjobplz: Absolutely beautiful!!! Love it! :heart: :)
Nat-ti's avatar
Clap  I like it very much, beautiful !
Head-ZonkStudios's avatar
Thank you very much!
Nat-ti's avatar
Very interesting gallery !
Head-ZonkStudios's avatar
Thank you very much!
xXKillurXx's avatar
Congratulations, it's a beautiful piece. 
Head-ZonkStudios's avatar
Thank you very much.
xXKillurXx's avatar
Your very welcome.
Shadow-Monger's avatar
Dang.. its so life-like (yes I realize that it was based off a real insect I read the description).
Also, congratulations on your success at the art/science fair!
Head-ZonkStudios's avatar
Thank you very much!
Ovvscolofex's avatar
oh nice! very well done!
Kworu's avatar
absolutely Amazing!
Head-ZonkStudios's avatar
Thank you very much!
HowManyDragons's avatar
Ooh, that looks really neat!
It's so cute. It's like "I'm the Ruler of the World!" ^_^
DeanNClark's avatar
Great sculpture, I thought it was a real mantid at first
Head-ZonkStudios's avatar
Thank you very much!
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