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Hunting in the Age Gene Splicing by deskridge Hunting in the Age Gene Splicing by deskridge
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At dawn, in a flat, marshy wetland, a hunter has unleashed his hunting pack. It includes two dogs: one a pointer with a white coat and brown spots, the other an American foxhound with a black and brown coat. Between them stands the more unusual member of the pack: a velociraptor. In the skies above, an ornithocheirus chases a flock of seagulls among the fiery clouds. Obviously, this is a situation cannot happen today, but with advances in genetic engineering, perhaps it will one day be possible.

I've always like looking at hunting dog paintings. Growing up in Georgia where the hunting culture is strong, I've seen quite a few such works hanging in homes. I've always found them to be a rather pleasant intersection of landscape painting and pet portraiture. This work, of course, was inspired by such paintings, yet I still had to add my own twist.

Note: this scene uses purchased content. The various animals were posed in poser then imported into Vue where the rest of the scene was constructed. Final rendering was done in Vue and took about 23 hours on an Intel I5 2.8 GHz with 8 GB of RAM. Post production was done in GIMP.

Thanks for looking!
Daniel

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:iconjohnnysdream:
JohnnysDream Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
IF you were to read up on genetics,you may be shocked at what we will soon be able to do.This is great work.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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adorety Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic and imaginative scene. It is very reminiscent of the paintings you refer too. My grandpop never hunted a thing, let alone picked up a gun, but he had a few painting prints with those kind of images. Excellent work.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
"Yeee-up, they make damb fine trackers, pretty good pointers, too. Jes' don't try to use 'em as a retriever, though..."
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   Digital Artist
:D
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DAGrant Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
My dad raised hunting dogs. Brittanies and then later he had a few English Spaniels. All were lovable dogs and very dutiful hunters. I do believe out there are probably scientists trying to create the first mammoth or some sort out of frozen DNA. This may not be as far in the future as one would think.

As always beautifully rendered. I think you have the soul of a painter the way you compose your works with the lovely sense of light and shade!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmaspix:
MasPix Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
Cool concept
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconveeswan:
VeeSwan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the technique you have with fur, not your typical plastic looking 3D models, you really do a lovely job of working that fur! Awesome concept and the terrain is as always, gorgeous!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconveeswan:
VeeSwan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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:iconmuddychickn:
muddychickn Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great scene! I've always liked hunting dog portraits, myself. I had a couple of Black and tan coondogs growing up.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconfuturepaleoxeno123:
futurepaleoxeno123 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Awesome!!:)
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconpalaeorigamipete:
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the scenery! well-played view! =)
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconvampyric-saiyaness:
Vampyric-Saiyaness Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely an unusual and interesting idea! I did chuckle when I saw the raptor standing there...it's a really cute render and hound dogs are awesome!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconk-raven:
K-raven Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL! :D :D so nice idea
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconolivegbg:
olivegbg Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great vision! The entire image has also recaptured the feel of those old fox-hunting paintings!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Chumhra Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I want to be around to get a velociraptor hunting pet!! I like the wisps of fog.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconconlaodh:
Conlaodh Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A very intriguing image! :)
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I have heard somewhere that they're trying to recreate dinosaur-like creatures by altering chicken DNA.
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Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hehe cool! I love the twist you have added here with the velociraptor hunting right along side of the dogs! :iconrobotlaughplz: And the ornithocheirus chasing the flock of seagulls! What a great imagination you have Daniel! hehe Gogeous landscape and your dogs look so realistic! Right down to the tiny hairs standing up! I love how you have your signature hanging on the tree in the background too! hehe Awesome job! :iconbwavoplz:
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deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your most welcome! :iconblueportaljumpplz: :iconorangeportaljumpplz: :iconblueportaljumpplz:
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Elle-Arden Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's great, I will have to show my daughter. She is in love with all things dinosaur!
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deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Philbear Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think a raptor would train very well, especially if it accepted the dogs as part of the pack. Monitors can be trained and imprint on their owners. Not to far fetched at all. (and as an extra bonus the hunter doesn't have to gut the deer...)

Nice work, Dan! The grass, feathers fur; brilliant!

Cheers, Phil
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconphilbear:
Philbear Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very welcome!
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:iconkongvmax:
kongvmax Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
who would hunt with a raptor?...youd never get your food..lol :D
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Digital Artist
:D
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:iconjazzilady:
jazzilady Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is totally awesome! I love it! :iconbugplz:
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconjazzilady:
jazzilady Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome! :)
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capn-gary Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I hope the rapper is a vegetarian. ;)

Great image, Daniel!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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gytalf2000 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Fantastic! I really love your art!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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PeterN64 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
People living with dinosaurs! :O Great idea and render! :D
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TaniaAV Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012   Traditional Artist
wow! awesome job!
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