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The White Buffalo by deskridge The White Buffalo by deskridge
White bison are extremely rare. Only about one in ten million bison born are white. They can be white for several reasons. In this case, the one I have depicted is leucistic, that is, lacking all pigment, hence it has blue eyes.

The occurrence of a white buffalo is said to be a sacred sign in several Native American religions, including the Sioux and Lakota, where the birth of a white calf is a sign of prosperity. The stories I found only mentioned white calves. I saw no reference to adult wild white bison. There is however a movie called The White Buffalo. It starred Charles Bronson and was a kind of western-horror hybrid. I saw it when I was a kid and remember it being pretty scary.

I used Poser 6 to pose the bison, and then imported it into Vue 9.5 where I constructed the rest of the scene. Final rendering was done in Vue and took about 8 hours on an Intel I5 2.8 GHz with 8GB of ram. For post-production, I used GIMP where I got to try out my new Wacom Bamboo tablet.


Prints for this are available from my website here: [link]
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Jabber-Wock Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
In the wild, albinism can be crippling. In the eyes, pigment screens out excess radiation, meaning albinos are especially light-sensitive. Plus, they don't blend in, and for a herbivore, blending in is everything, especially when they're too young to defend themselves. Chances are, most white buffalo simply didn't live that long.

This one clearly did, though. Run for your lives.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014   Digital Artist
:D
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Blue-Marcus Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Awesome.
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Bubbletea-Coyote Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   General Artist
The movie totally scared me as a kid. But when I got older I liked it alot. Good job.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Biroblue Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Read the book, saw the movie as a kid.
I told my mom, the buffalo had railroad tracks.
It's pretty visible in the movie.
Watch it again , and have a good laugh......:D
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deskridge Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012   Digital Artist
If it ever shows up on netflix instant, I certainly watch it again.
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Biroblue Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Gimp 2.8 is an improvement as I use Linux, No more photo shop for me.
It's better on windows as well, just giving the word....and a shipload faster.
you make some great stuff.... keep it up............. :D
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deskridge Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm on 2.6 now, I think I'll have to check out 2.8
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ecsyrtis Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
awesome
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