Monologue v internal monologue pt3: ants

At this stage I didn’t have a solid idea for the final piece both aesthetically or story. Decided to look at ants for inspiration. Mainly compiled some notes, mood boards and conclusions for a starting point for this project.
1-ant
-Solider and queen ants develop when they have more food when they are a larvae compared to workers.

2ant

-They communicate through antennas.
– Turns out they don’t have lungs, they breath by having oxygen and carbon dioxide enter and exist small holes scattered about from their body.
– They do not have blood vessels, their blood is colourless and their heart is a long tube that flows from antenna to butt then back.
-Most species have poison sacks or stingers at the end of their bodies.
-Some can make silk.
-Younger ants stay in and serve the queen, the older they are the more to the surface they work.
-Lots of species of ants create a mound in the dirt. The ants appear at the top to soak up the heat.
– 3 joints per leg.
Life span: queen= up to 30 years
workers:  a few weeks- 3 years depending on species
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In conclusion: I should not animate red blood or guts, because they don’t have any. The jaw and stinger looks like the most interesting sections of the ants, going to incorporate that in the design. Need to think about the curve and shape of the jaw in the design phase.

Queen ants
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Eggs
6-ant-eggs

larvae -> cocoon

Ant pupae
-Not all ants have this stage
-Its argued the the workers place grains of soil on it as an irritant or press their bodies on to the larvae to stimulate them to make cocoons.
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These photos make it look like they are cute   shy creatures with their limbs all tucked in and jelly like. In conclusion: for the final animation might incorporate these aesthetics or positions.

Is ants feasible?
No, not really because they have 6 limbs, 2 antennas and a jaw to animate.
In conclusion: not the best idea as a starter animation into creating a full body.
Going to: limit the amount of characters because it is not realistic to have to animate a full ant colony, design an anthropomorphic ant character that walk on 2 legs and cut down the amount of “arms”.  Due to time constraints.

References

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“About | School Of Ants”. Schoolofants.org. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

“Alex Wild Photography With Keywords: Eggs”. Alexanderwild.com. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

“Alex Wild Photography With Keywords: Eggs”. Alexanderwild.com. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

“Ant Anatomy | ASU – Ask A Biologist”. Askabiologist.asu.edu. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

“Ant History And Some Interesting Facts”. Animalia-life.com. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

“Ant Larvae | Facts, Information And Photos”. antARK. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

“Ant Symbolism; A Message – Spirit Animal Totems”. Spirit Animal Totems. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

“Ants | The Wild World Of Zoobooks”. Zootles.wordpress.com. N.p., 2013. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

“Are All The Ants As Heavy As All The Humans? – BBC News”. BBC News. N.p., 2014. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

“Even Among Ants, Size Matters More Than Shape”. The Conversation. N.p., 2014. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

“Getting Rid Of Ants”. Home Pest Control. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

“How To Kill Bugs Dead”. raidkillsbugs. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

“Myrm’s Ant Nest – Life Cycle Of The Ant”. Antnest.co.uk. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

“Queen Ants – Alex Wild”. Alexanderwild.com. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

“Queen Ants | Facts, Information And Photos”. antARK. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

“Red Imported Fire Ant – Solenopsis Invicta”. Entnemdept.ufl.edu. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

Rose, Jeanne. “Four Ways To Eliminate Ants Naturally – The Gazette Review”. The Gazette Review. N.p., 2015. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

“Weaver Ants – Photo Gallery – Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine”. Ngm.nationalgeographic.com. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

“Weaver Ants – Photo Gallery – Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine”. Ngm.nationalgeographic.com. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

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