Nature's Wonders Sneak Peek Thread

Discussion in 'Show Me The Honey' started by Ken Gilliland, Dec 22, 2015.

  1. Rae134

    Rae134 Renowned CV-BEE Contributing Artist

    There are 2 ways, it depends on the type of snake. They can unhinge their jaw, swallow the thing whole. They can't digest fur feathers or claws so they regurgitate that after the rest is digested. The other way is with their venom, the victim is bit and injected with the powerful venom, this will start to break down the tissues inside of it. Then the snake is able to suck up the liquid remains and enough a meal.
     
  2. Miss B

    Miss B Drawing Life 1 Pixel at a Time CV-BEE

    Yeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwww! I'm so glad I already ate, or I'd probably want to regurgitate. :eek:
     
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  3. Ken Gilliland

    Ken Gilliland Extraordinary HW3D Exclusive Artist

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    Satira Capriccio Distinguished CV-BEE Contributing Artist

  5. Miss B

    Miss B Drawing Life 1 Pixel at a Time CV-BEE

    If I weren't able to see his eyes easily in that first image, I would've thought he was a plant! Amazing for sure.
     
  6. Stezza

    Stezza Extraordinary

    Here's a story for you ant lovers

    Story link here

    Known as the dracula ant, its jaws snaps shut 5,000 times quicker than the blink of an eye.

    A Blood-sucking ant with a scaringly speedy jaw sets the new record for fastest animal :eek:
     
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  7. Ken Gilliland

    Ken Gilliland Extraordinary HW3D Exclusive Artist

    I'm trying to squeeze in one more project before the end of the year (although it probably won't get released until next year)...

    here's 2 of the 5 lizards (Yellow-headed Gecko and Carolina Anole) for Lizards of the World v4: Lizards of Central and South America

    lizards4-teaser.jpg
     
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  8. Ken Gilliland

    Ken Gilliland Extraordinary HW3D Exclusive Artist

    Two more, the Rainbow Whiptail and the Mexican Alligator Lizard... now just the Giant Tegu left to do

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  9. Miss B

    Miss B Drawing Life 1 Pixel at a Time CV-BEE

    Oh I'm liking that Rainbow Whiptail.
     
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  10. JOdel

    JOdel Extraordinary HW Honey Bear

    Lizzies! Animals studying to be jewelry!
     
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  11. Flint_Hawk

    Flint_Hawk Noteworthy

    These are striking Ken!
     
  12. Ken Gilliland

    Ken Gilliland Extraordinary HW3D Exclusive Artist

    I thought the Rainbow Whiptail was a challenging lizard to create, but the texture for what I thought was a "simple" white and black lizard with a Gila Monster type patterning was not so easy (he says three bloodshot eyes days later).

    The giant tegu is giant... measuring about 36 inches (92 cm) at maturity and can get up to 55 inches (140 cm).

    Now, that I have the lizard textures in place, it a matter of tuning them, adding some bump/normal maps where needed and creating the materials. I'm guessing this lizard set will surface in the store in early January.

    NWLizards4-Promo5.jpg
     
  13. Chris

    Chris HW3D President Staff Member Co-Founder

    Wow, Ken you sure are prolific! And these all look great.

    Way to go man.
     
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  14. Ken Gilliland

    Ken Gilliland Extraordinary HW3D Exclusive Artist

    This lizard is found in dry, open regions of Brazil (Amazonas, Rio Grande do Sul, Goias, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Ceará, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Sergipe, Piauí, São Paulo, Rio Grande do Norte, Pernambuco, Paraíba), Uruguay, Bolivia (Santa Cruz), Paraguay, Argentina (Formosa, Corrientes)
    USA (introduced to Florida). Adult males are much larger than the females and can reach 3 ft (92 cm) in length at maturity. It can reach 55 inches (140 cm) in length.

    Tegus have unusually high intelligence and can also be house-broken. Like other reptiles, tegus go into brumation (a form of hibernation) in autumn when the temperature drops. They exhibit a high level of activity during their wakeful period of the year.

    Salvator merianae has recently been shown to be one of the few partially warm-blooded lizards, having a temperature up to 10 °C (18 °F) higher than the ambient temperature at night time.

    Rendered in Iray with no post work. Models include Stonemason's "Through the Woods" and my Nature's Wonders Lizards and Lizards of the World v4

    Tegu_Iray.jpg
     
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  15. Flint_Hawk

    Flint_Hawk Noteworthy

    That looks amazing Ken!
     
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  16. Miss B

    Miss B Drawing Life 1 Pixel at a Time CV-BEE

    :yeahthat: Absolutely amazing work Ken.
     
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  17. Ken Gilliland

    Ken Gilliland Extraordinary HW3D Exclusive Artist

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  18. Alisa

    Alisa HW3D QAV Queen Bee Staff Member QAV-BEE

    Adding my note here too and my lol :)

    I inadvertently wrote in the HW ReadMe files for the Condor and both Vultures that these were updated as of 1-5-2018 instead of 1-5-2019.

    I've fixed that in the files and they will be re-uploaded, so you may want to wait til I post here that they are fixed (or change that date in your ReadMe to 1-5-2019 ;)) before re-downloading.
     
  19. Alisa

    Alisa HW3D QAV Queen Bee Staff Member QAV-BEE

    All fixed!
     
  20. Ken Gilliland

    Ken Gilliland Extraordinary HW3D Exclusive Artist

    Here's my Rainbow Whiptail from Lizards of the World v4 along with the Yell0w-footed Tortoise in an Iray render. I used Stonemason's "Through the Woods" for the environment. While I love that set, if I did the render again I probably would have replaced the ground texture with one of my "habitat" ground textures that holds up better to close focus. My habitat sets are specifically made to hold up better to macro shots.
     

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