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Huon The Truffle Hog by deskridge Huon The Truffle Hog by deskridge
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One of the more unusual talents of pigs is the ability to find truffles. No, not the chocolate candy (though I'm sure pigs like those just as much as humans do), I'm talking about a fungus that grows just under the soil and is prized by European chefs.

A bit of fiction to go with this image:

There once was a young woman named Jacqueline. She lived in 18th century France in an area in the south of the country known Gevaudan. She was the oldest of three daughters of a poor farmer. On her eighth birthday, her parents gave her a piglet. They had expected her to raise it for slaughter, but the ever adventurous Jacqueline had plans otherwise. She named the pig Huon (even though it was female) after her favorite knight in stories her grandfather had told her. Venturing barefoot into the nearby forest, she taught Huon to find the valuable black truffle which she would give to her mother to sell at the market. After several years, the family had become rather prosperous off the culinary treasure. Then, one day, people in the area began to fall victim to a killer in the woods. It was said to be the work of a wolf. Fearing for her safety Jacqueline ventured out early in the year to hunt for truffles when it was still late in the summer. She figured that wolves would be less ravenous in the warmer months. But when it came to the Beast of Gevaudan, she was wrong. In the middle of the day, the monster attacked her, but what the beast didn't count on was Huon, for a pig, when angered, can be quite a vicious foe. Huon fought and drove the beast away and, for several months, no more attacks happened. As for Jacqueline and Huon, they never again encountered the beast.

Note: This image uses purchased content. The wolf was sculpted in ZBrush. The other characters were posed in poser 6 then imported into vue 9 where the rest of the scene was built. Final rendering was done in Vue 9 and took about 24 hours on an Intel I5 2.8 GHz with 8 GB of RAM. Post production was done in GIMP.
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:iconarlesienne:
Arlesienne Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
No more proofs needed: pigs rock :D.
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peccatori Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work :aww:
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deskridge Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Arah019 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
very nice work!
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artmanax Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Excellent work!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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artmanax Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Your welcome!
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:iconzzzcomics:
zzzcomics Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Fantastic work on the wolf and scene! Will you be selling the wolf model in any of the 3D stores?
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! I won't be selling the wolf anytime soon, I only made just enough for this scene, he's got no back half or feet, and, up close, he's very rough.
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zzzcomics Featured By Owner May 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Aww, with a great looking model like that Im sure youd have buyers :)
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mininessie66 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
great story and amazing scene!! love it!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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mininessie66 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
a pleasure!
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:icontse60:
tse60 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Very nice scene. Well done! :)
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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MCKrauss Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Yea for the pig! Nice original piece.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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AelarethElennar Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I do love your pig art! The little story is great too. :D
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconformatela:
formatela Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Nice work - great story too
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Ryivhnn Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely work as per usual. The thing in the background is a bit odd and I think there's something wrong with the model's shoulders, either the joint is weird or the morph is. She looks entirely too clean, obviously it's the beginning of the day ;) Like the filtered lighting.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DBRv6 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Great image and yummy Truffles!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
look!! a killer behind you! :dance:
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012   Digital Artist
:)
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SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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evoluzione Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good pig... pigs can be tough critters. :)
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Midniyt Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love her expression a lot. Its so "ohmy, what else..." :)
The story is written so cute <3
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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K-raven Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D :D :D :D :D :D fantastic scene my friend! :D
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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FreyrStrongart Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist
ah yes... la bte du Gevaudan... they still don't know whether it was just a wolf. Jaqueline was lucky to have such a brave pig. I once encountered feral pigs in Australia. To be honest, ts the animal that scares me the most.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012   Digital Artist
I could certainly beleive that encoutering a feral pig would be a terrifying experience. Especially where I live as the granddaddy of all feral pigs (known as hogzilla) was killed just a few hours drive from here.
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Chumhra Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Cute picture and I like the story! I like the wolf in partial shadows.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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orinoor Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Great image and story, you are right about pigs, they are quite ferocious and very adept at finding truffles. ;)
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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orinoor Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Welcome!;)
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somebodyaf Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student General Artist
lol the expression on her face reminds me of someone thinking, "Perfect" sarcastically
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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SimonJM Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Another fine image
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Tomokatu Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Find a short story by Harry Harrison - "The Man From P.I.G" (the title's a reference to the old TV series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E").

He liked pigs too.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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kongvmax Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
you really like pigs...no wonder we like eachother :rofl:
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012   Digital Artist
:)
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TinaVFX Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like it how your work has a story. Awesome!!
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