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A big hairy spider or a big shiny black spider?
I know all spiders are inherently creepy but which is nastier in your opinion.
I'm building a spider prop for my first animation It's not a wiper but should be pretty gross/cool.
Jjust thought I would survey the crowd.
 

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A big hairy spider or a big shiny black spider?
I know all spiders are inherently creepy but which is nastier in your opinion.
I'm building a spider prop for my first animation It's not a wiper but should be pretty gross/cool.
Jjust thought I would survey the crowd.

Spiders are cute.

Anyway, just make sure it fits anatomically, IMO: Legs have 7 segments (you can get away with 4, and most people won't know), all attach to the cephalothorax (also the eyes and fangs go here)

Hairy: make it more Tarantula, bigger cephalothorax (3/4 size of abdomen), beefier legs, don't forget the pedipalp which are clear and easily seen (appendages near the mouth/fangs) and usually held out in front of the spider to grab and hold secure and long, as the venom is more a slow death. Legs REALLY need 5 segments. Femur length = Cephalothorax width. All other leg segments roughly 1/2 femur width. Overall (rear) leg length should just reach the end of the abdomen. Don't forget the carapace on the top of the cephalothorax.


The shiny black: go for the Widow look. Cephalothorax at least half the size of the abdomen, but they should be even along the bottom, so all the size of the abdomen is added height. Pedipalp are small, to the point of being left out if you want, and are held like a mantis' arms, ready to strike swift and let the paralytic venom do it's thing. Femur length roughly = abdomen length. If doing 4 segments, each additional one roughly = 3/4 the length of the one before it. (for 7, the last 3 should total 3/4 of the 4th segment) Remember there IS still hair, and some strategic single hairs could be really creepy.




Or just figure the entomology hobby is well too prominent in this insane person...
 

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Spiders are cute.

Anyway, just make sure it fits anatomically, IMO: Legs have 7 segments (you can get away with 4, and most people won't know), all attach to the cephalothorax (also the eyes and fangs go here)

Hairy: make it more Tarantula, bigger cephalothorax (3/4 size of abdomen), beefier legs, don't forget the pedipalp which are clear and easily seen (appendages near the mouth/fangs) and usually held out in front of the spider to grab and hold secure and long, as the venom is more a slow death. Legs REALLY need 5 segments. Femur length = Cephalothorax width. All other leg segments roughly 1/2 femur width. Overall (rear) leg length should just reach the end of the abdomen. Don't forget the carapace on the top of the cephalothorax.


The shiny black: go for the Widow look. Cephalothorax at least half the size of the abdomen, but they should be even along the bottom, so all the size of the abdomen is added height. Pedipalp are small, to the point of being left out if you want, and are held like a mantis' arms, ready to strike swift and let the paralytic venom do it's thing. Femur length roughly = abdomen length. If doing 4 segments, each additional one roughly = 3/4 the length of the one before it. (for 7, the last 3 should total 3/4 of the 4th segment) Remember there IS still hair, and some strategic single hairs could be really creepy.




Or just figure the entomology hobby is well too prominent in this insane person...
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Thanks for the arachnid lesson but I just want to get it done in this lifetime, I think it will be accurate\disgusting enough for most people.
Puppies are cute spiders are creepy. They move way too fast to be real. They are possessed by demons . And no I'm not a spider killer unless they are large and sneak up on me in the house.
 

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I like spiders (I have a pet tarantula myself). But I will say I'm more fond of the hairier ones. It's kinda like having a little 8-legged cat :D

Plus, the smaller ones tend to be hairless, and the small ones are the deadly ones.
 

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During the course of my house tour I would walk through a doorway (usually it was just "Me") and by dusk a spider would have built his nest in the upper corner of the opening and I would duck to not get a face-full of webs, i just learned to do this automatically.
Then one time I noticed this spider with it's dark colored body had a white design on it, and it looked like a smiling Clown face!
I did this ducking for maybe three years, then decided it was time for him to move, so i moved the spider.
The house is at the edge of a woods and then a creek after that, all down over a cliff. We see spiders here seasonally, or so it seems, they aren't here most of the time, but there are some very Large Spiders here then, then we won't see them for maybe 6 months.
My Wife sometimes will tell the way she determines if a spider is large:When you shine a flashlight across the floor, and their eyes reflect back at you, then they are Large!.... and larger than she wants to think about!
A couple of the Large ones got filmed by the show "Wild Chicago" as they crawled across the stone arch ceiling of the Wine Cellar.
The one cameraman told me to stand so as he pointed the camera "Up" he could get the Spider and myself in the shot.
I pointed up and said:"Spiders don't hurt anybody."
Then I grabbed my neck and screamed! "It bit me! It Bit me!" All on-camera, then I smiled and laughed. so did the Spiders.
 

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As an owner of 10 tarantulas, the more Black Widow type spiders are creepier to me BUT I still find them fascinating and would love to have one :)

I like the idea of a hairy body w/ furry legs or visa versa :D You could also make it a hairy jumping spider ;) REALLY scare people even tho jumping spiders are extremely cute.

Looking forward to seeing the end result!
 

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NIce work. I can see the texture is hairlike. Is it plastic wrap?
Here's mine so far. I have the body partly done. Maybe I'll post some progress pics on the prop forum'




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Yes it's kinda cute cause it's only 1/2 inch long but even you would have to admit if it was even gerbil size and could jump like that we'd be in a heap o trouble.
 

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So I tried to post a few pics of the build on the props forum but I got a message that I had too many tags. Assuming that meant picture links I deleted them 2 by 2 til I was down to 3 and still got the message so gave up. . Anyone know what that means?
 

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So I tried to post a few pics of the build on the props forum but I got a message that I had too many tags. Assuming that meant picture links I deleted them 2 by 2 til I was down to 3 and still got the message so gave up. . Anyone know what that means?
Limit should be 10 pictures per post.

I see you're using photobucket, and I'm assuming the [ img ] tags. Do you use the picture icon, or manually type in the tags? I've never seen that particular message, and would love to recreate the problem if possible.
 
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