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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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:iconmorbiusx33:
morbiusx33 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015
Reminds of the wild 1977 Charles Bronson fantasy Western movie "The White Buffalo"
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deskridge Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015   Digital Artist
That was some of the inspiration for the scene :D
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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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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TickTix Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!!!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner May 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DarkHorses90 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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gojisan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
I remember this movie too, good job.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icongojisan:
gojisan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Your welcome!
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TheBigB Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Love it!
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adorety Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really great image. Very powerful and rather scary. I remember that movie quite well. Slim Pickens was in it too, ya know, the right hand man to Hedley Lamar in Blazing Saddles.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! hehe, Blazing Saddles is one of my favorites
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Arah019 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
wow!cool!!
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Ann-McLaren Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:sprint: I'm getting out of the way!
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Anim8her Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is awesome, Daniel! Great work on the snow being kicked up and the fogged background! :)
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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MelloW77 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Brilliant eyes! And he feels to be so strong!:clap:
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deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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cindy1701d Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Very nice. :)
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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cindy1701d Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Your very welcome. :)
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MCKrauss Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
I saw that movie too! It's one of my memories of moments with my dad, he loved that movie. Anyway, great depiction, like the one scene from that movie.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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NellWilliams Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Completely Awesome
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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NellWilliams Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
woww :iconwowplz: amazing artwork! well done! :clap:
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
you're welcome! :D
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caastel Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
great dynamic render and very nice theme :)
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Tasharene Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, gorgeous! So dynamic and dangerous! Awesome scene! :clap:
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Adiraiju Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work here... Looks almost ethereal, like some kind of buffalo spirit...

...'course, I wouldn't stick around to find out, it looks plenty solid!
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deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconadiraiju:
Adiraiju Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Certainly.
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:iconveeswan:
VeeSwan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a beautiful tribute to the most sacred animal of the west, it is stunning! Your scene is as always perfect and beautiful, awesome work Daniel!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconveeswan:
VeeSwan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :-)
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jazzilady Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work again! You just keep me in awe!
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