There's no such thing as a stupid questionHey Ken, really stupid question here, but is the Roadrunner depicted in the WB cartoons, which don't look a thing like a real road runner, I might add, is it a Greater or Lesser Roadrunner? Also, i know it can fly, so why doesn't it?
The NG dodo is even sleeker than the dodo I based my model off of (which was the current ornithological consensus of the time 2011). Most of the "classic" dodo imagery ornithologists believe were based captive dodos that were overfed.
Excellent render!I've been fighting with the update of the "Long-necked" Seabird all weekend... I think I'm finally on the right track. I had to seriously rework the map to get the textures right on the diverse bills that these seabirds have. Here's the Black-footed Albatross in Firefly with some Glaucous Gulls in the background. The ocean is Nerd3D's "Waves on the Beach" with one of my custom water material settings.
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The local crow population decides every once in a while to dive at everything in sight. I'm really not fond of the people who decide to throw bread, donuts, crackers, fries, etc. all around them while sitting at a bus stop. Sometimes, even the seagulls are afraid to try for the junk food. The usual ratio is about 6-10 crows per seagull in my neighborhood.Ever experience a bird attack? I have, and on more than one experience. I will admit though that birds will usually only attack a human when said human is walking notoriously near a bird's nest. When I was young, my aunt used to take all of us kids to the beach for a few days. Naturally, we'd all run over to the beach as soon as we got there, and as we ran near a certain bush, we were dive-bombed by several birds. Turned out we were running past her nest in the bushes. Why didn't the birds build the nests higher up in the trees, you ask? Ever been to a North Carolina beach? Not a lot of trees.
Then there was the time my cat was crossing the front yard, and for no observable reason, several birds decided to dive bomb him. Kept it up until he came back into the house.
I've been fighting with the update of the "Long-necked" Seabird all weekend... I think I'm finally on the right track. I had to seriously rework the map to get the textures right on the diverse bills that these seabirds have. Here's the Black-footed Albatross in Firefly with some Glaucous Gulls in the background. The ocean is Nerd3D's "Waves on the Beach" with one of my custom water material settings.
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Thanks Chris... it always means a lot coming from you.DANG! This looks amazing Ken. You create impressive stuff!
Congratulations, when I saw the variety of birds, I actually wasn't sure if it was a render or a photograph.Thanks Chris... it always means a lot coming from you.
For the next couple of months, I'm probably going to be frustrating those that are trying to figure out where I am in the updates because I'm jumping all over the place and my renders will mirror that. There is some method to my madness because I have to update a number of remaining models to complete some sets (Hawai'i, Austrailia v3, Legend) and that the same time make sure they are doing everything I want them to do for future sets (so I'm not constantly having to re-update every set). Chances are most of these updates will finally show up in the store in late March, building to my Audubon's Birthday sale finale.
Doing renders help me make sure the updated birds are working well-- as well as granting me a little "fun" in this tedious process. My last image of the Black-footed Albatross showed my updated "Long-necked palmate seabird" model used primarily for albatrosses and giant petrels (which is used in Hawaii, Seabirds 1/2 and Legend). Yesterday, I decided to start moving all the key done pieces of the Australia v3 set together before starting the "Topipalmate" updates (cormorants, boobies, frigatebirds, pelicans), and decided to play with the Austraila v3 birds I've assembled so far. The Australia v3 update is going take some time because I'll also have to update Jacanas too before it's done.
Shown are the Banded Stilt, Royal Spoonbills, Sulfur-crested Cockatoos and Brolga. The image was rendered in Iray and uses Howie Farkes UltraScenery system.
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I guess it does sort of look like a stringWOW, the updated version's bill looks like someone tied it up with string to silence it.