Ant - rigged, animated Staff Pick

  • September 09, 2014
  • Blender 2.7x
  • Render: Blender Internal
  • Creator: vildanovak
  • License: CC-0
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  • cycles shader

  • hair

  • Rigged -Animated along a curve, with NLA strips used

  • You can drive the ants speed with the parent of the armature, the walkcycle will adapt to speed of this object, and thanks to the curve deform applied after armature modifier, the ant can stick to any surface.

-2 NLA strips - one is the walkcycle, second is tentacle and head movement

  • no textures, just vertex colors, very lightweight.

This ant was used in production of an animated movie, it is simple, but functioning well. Thanks to DOF + motion blur can look realistic when not really big in the shot.


  • vildanovak profile picture

    Ok, I have to comment - I wanted to publish this under CC-0 license, but did it accidentally under CC-BY, I thought that is the correct one. Now, there is no way to change the license. I understand that users cant change licensing of their files, but I think changing to a more permissive license could/should be possible.

    Written September 09, 2014
  • mofx profile picture

    I've change the license for you! Great model by the way.

    Written September 09, 2014
  • vildanovak profile picture

    thanks a lot :) I know how I prefer myself CC-0 downloads. Before all, sometimes, it can be sometimes hard to give credit, because there is not a platform for it(e.g. in short spots without titles). So I want to share my models under this license.

    Edited September 09, 2014
  • Jafix profile picture

    Hey, thank you verry much for making it CC-0. That's really cool. Just a hint: inside the download zip the license file says still it's "Creative Commons Attribution 3.0"...

    Written July 14, 2016
  • GoodMorningRooster profile picture

    This looks so cool. I like how you set up the rig too. Would take me a while to get good at it because I'm not used to that. The idea of having the remote control area you called mravinator where you operate the thing in 3rd person, is blowing my mind.

    Written September 09, 2014
  • vildanovak profile picture

    thanks, the rig is also why I decided to share - sending any character on a curve in blender is not easy at all and I spent some time figuring out how this works ....

    Written September 09, 2014
  • JDHaller profile picture

    Great blend and thanks for sharing, Great way of looking at it all too! Thanks again! :)

    Written September 09, 2014
  • Lkosuarez profile picture

    excelente aspecto, muy buen trabajo

    Written October 08, 2014
  • gaztec profile picture

    thanks its a great looking model

    Written January 21, 2015
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    Written May 12, 2015
  • jingtangliao profile picture


    Written March 08, 2016
  • donelking1978 profile picture

    Just wow!

    Written April 08, 2016
  • travisrod82 profile picture

    The ant doesn't look like the picture here. It's blocky instead of smooth, like its head and body is square like not rounded...I tried to increase the sub surf but it didn't do anything. How can i make the ant's body,head,legs and all be rounded instead of square?

    Edited July 23, 2016
  • riccardo_pavone profile picture

    Subsurf modifier is disabled in viewport, just click on view icon to display it

    Written January 20, 2021
  • GeekyGeeko123 profile picture

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Written April 18, 2017
  • Allengib profile picture

    Looks so good might get a can of Raid

    Written October 08, 2017
  • icchananda profile picture

    Sadly, I realized a feature in this rig became somehow unsupported... and that is driving a strip time.

    Written December 03, 2017
  • Reitanna profile picture

    no one cares to mention that ants have only three body segments, not four?

    Written February 01, 2018
  • wacomdev profile picture

    Hi vildanovak

    Thank you for the little guy worked fantastic

    Please check this post i have used your model here,

    Written June 02, 2018
  • amizi profile picture

    I just to know... How to set up animation this ant rig for blender 2.79 ? I really like this rig..

    Written October 28, 2018
  • culturalibre profile picture

    Gracias,he usado tu blend para crear esta ilustraciĆ³n:

    Written May 19, 2021
  • Pollux profile picture

    Merci beaucoup pour cette belle fourmi.

    Written September 06, 2021