No relation to the the book "Lords of the North" by Bernard Cornwell (though it is an excellent book) nor the music band.
A pair of grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) wake up from there hybernation to a late spring snow. As a result, they are a bit grouchy.
I've been wanting to do a few bear themed artworks; however, it turns out that bears can be rather hard to work with...artistically speaking that is. They are very bulky and round, making them hard to place in a composition. Basically they become hard to place brown blobs. This one is actually my fourth attempt at bear art, but it is only the first one I consider to be up to presentable standards.
I have another on the way, but the fur takes a LONG time to render. This one took ~100 hours on a pretty powerful system. I'm working up to using Maya's fur system, but I'm not quite there yet. This one was actually rendered all in Vue. The fur came with the model, so it is actually a very complex set of polygons rather than a particle simulation.
The Bear model is Ursus Arctos by Alessandro_AM, purchased at Daz3d: [link]
The rest of the scene was constructed in Vue 8.