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You may find the following useful:
1. In Arts & Activities of December 1995, p.12, there is an article called
"The fascinating World of Insects" This is about making 3D insects.
2. Again in Arts & Activities of March 1995, p16, there is an article
"Insectnaphobia" about making 2D insects.
3. A really great Dover publication called "Seguy's Decorative Butterflies
and Insects in full Color" 193 Illustrations on 40 plates.....I use this a
lot, especially when we study symmetry...what is more symmetrical than a
butterfly or an insect?
Quote from publisher's note:
"Throughout the three decades of the French designer E.A. Seguy's active
production,......nature remained his chief inspiration. During the Twenties
he published the two portfolios that are combined in the present volume:
Papillons (Butterflies) and Insectes. His aim was to make available dozens
of examples of extremely colorful exotic animals that had been unjustly
neglected by Occidental decorative artists because of their rarity in life
and in illustration. It is interesting to note today that Seguy, while
confident that the butterflies would be readily accepted, made the special
plea for the other insects that they were constructed like wonderful
machines and were thus entitled to the same consideration as an airplane
fuselage, an ocean liner or a locomotive: nature was a successful