Made by Jon Keller
To make my mighty ant I had to make an ant and I had to make a leaf. I looked at several images of ants to get a good idea of how they actually look close up. I sketched out a simplified ant and used my sketch for a reference . The armature was made with wire . The paper mache was mad with used printer paper. Initially I had painted him red , but ultimately I decided to go with a black ant .
The leaf was made with brown paper bag paper mache . I rolled out a thin sheet of paper mache onto wax paper. When it was dry enough to handle ( but not yet fully dry ) I cut out the leaf shape and gave it the surface texture to suggest a leaf.
I took a walk in the park to find a nice chunk of wood for the base.
Both the ant and the leaf were painted with acrylic paint and varnished with polyurethane .
before assembling everything onto the base.