Update - 9 Jan 2021
I chose a baby mantis named "Idolomantis diabolica Nymphe L2" (nicknamed Devil's Flower Mantis when it's an adult).
I realised all aspect of this project.
This is the concept I wanted to create:
For the modeling part, I realized its different parts one by one that I assembled little by little to reconstruct it. Then I sculpted the details with mudbox.
Here you can see the final sculpt with the spec map. Later I added the hairs you can see with xgen.
The texturing was more complicated because there are few images of this baby insect. So I used the few photographs I had as a base, then I repainted over it to redefine its texture and add details.
A diffuse rendering :
Shading / Render
For shading I had already set the bump and the displace with the sculpt work. I needed to use scattering for make its body realistic. Then I've added some variations in the specular.
Finally I added the background and an atmosphere by compositing with Nuke.
Thank you for watching !