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20161122 Cockatoo Bird Psdelux :iconpsdeluxe:psdeluxe 544 20 Heterochromia :iconsilkkat:Silkkat 188 27


Common Frog
The insect that looks like a wasp is actually a moth...

The Festivum Wasp-moth has a wingspan of 30 mm (1.2 inches). It is found in the Americas (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras, southern Florida and southern Texas). This moth mimics the coloring and shape of a wasp, as predators are less likely to feed on something that might sting them.

Rendered in Firefly image using quite a few of my Nature's Wonders models; NW Frogs, NW Giant Moths (Festvum Wasp-moth from V3), NW Water Lily Garden and NW Big Cypress Habitat.
El Jefe
During my little vacation between projects, I've been doing lots of images. My latest is inspired by a jaguar sighting in southern Arizona's Huachuca Mountains, near the town of Sierra Vista. This jaguar has a different spots pattern than "El Jefe", the only known jaguar in the US (seen in the foothills outside Tuscon, Arizona), so it is believed to be a second and younger jaguar indicating there might be an undiscovered population in southern Arizona.

Rendered in Firefly without postwork. Models include: Hivewire3D's Big Cat, ShaaraMuse3D's Dryland Oasis, my Nature's Wonders Saguaro Habitat and Lizards/Lizards of the World V1 (Western Fence Lizard, Side-blotched Lizard), Songbird ReMix Woodpeckers (Gila Woodpecker) and Cool and Unusual Birds V1 (Phainopepla).
Big Cypress Wildlife
Another image using my botanical and bird models based on the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida.  Fauna includes (Left to Right): Roseate Spoonbills, Florida Panther, American Alligators, Big Cypress Fox Squirrels, Ivory-billed Woodpeckers (now extinct) and Snowy Egrets.
Kea Roadwork

This image is based on a true story... New Zealand road maintenance crews kept finding their traffic cones mysteriously moved to the middle of the road after they finished for the day. After a close circuit camera was installed the mystery was unraveled. The Kea, an endangered parrot, were moving the cones to block the road and get food hand-outs from cars stuck in traffic.

The Kea is considered one of the (if not, "the") most intelligent animal in the world.


The Price of Extinction

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By Ken Gilliland

The biggest headline of the year—perhaps the biggest of the millennium went largely unnoticed by the press in November 2010. Perhaps they didn’t understand the gravity of the news. Perhaps they felt it was too scary, too controversial or too complex for the public to understand. Perhaps Lindsey Lohan or Charlie Sheen’s antics they deemed a more important story. Whatever the reason, the headline faded away without fanfare. What didn’t fade away was imminent peril as sure as a comet hurling to earth.

What was the headline we all missed? The United Nations Council of Bio-Diversity announced that one-in-six species on the planet were on the brink of extinction.

The majority of peer-reviewed biologists stated that we are in the 6th “great extinction of species” that our planet has known. The difference between this extinction and the previous five is that never before has the planet been attacked so severely on all three regions that contain life (air, water and land). The other significant difference is that this extinction is entirely preventable unlike the other 5 in which natural phenomenas were the cause. What is the cause of this mass extinction? A prolific species called “Homo sapien”.

The news gets worse. It is conservatively estimated that in the next 50 years one half of the species will disappear forever from our planet. Losing 50% or more of the species without the thousands of years needed to adapt to change for the remaining species will cause a snowball effect. It will accelerate the extinction of even more species and many more symbiotic chains of shared existence will break down.

What few people realize is how important symbiotic chains are. Imagine no pollinators to make crops produce food. No plant systems to cleanse drinking water. No woodpeckers to keep trees healthy. No trees to balance the air we breathe. Imagine no medicines—because without the natural world—most of the ingredients won’t exist.

As sure as if a comet were hurling to earth, the story the press didn’t tell is that we’re on going to be on that extinction list as well.

What can be done? Can anything help at this point? Yes, it will take tough decisions…the ones that involve sharing our planet with all the other species rather than hoarding it for ourselves and thus, restoring balance. These are decisions that most of our politicians, even the forward thinking ones, don’t want to make… ones that many of us don’t want to make either. It is our job to let our leaders know the time to act is not in twenty years, not in ten, not after the election, but today. Budgets, taxes and jobs won’t matter if there’s no clean water to drink, if there’s no food to eat, or no air to breathe.

Only after the last tree has been cut down.
Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.

- Cree Indian Prophecy


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Ken Gilliland
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
As an artist, I do four things; Oils on Canvas (Social Commentary), Drawings of National Parks, Photography of Birds and California Native Plants and 2D/3D Digital.

Since most here will be interest in digital work, I'll talk about that. I started in the digital world with a TI-99/4a computer in the early 1980's and immediately started creating art and animation with a very limited graphic range in hexadecimal code (16 colors, 256 shapes). I eventually became a published artist for Asgard Software and a year later when out on my own to form “Notung Software” which became on of the most popular TI Software companies.

After making my switch to the PC, I started with Sketcher (the precursor to Painter) and even owned Fractal Design's "Poser 1". I didn't start seriously playing with Poser until Version 3 came around. With the advent of Poser 4, I began by creating textures and became a brokered artist at Vista Internet Products where I created my first bird model and the PoserTown series. After almost a year with Vista, I decided to go out on my own and briefly revived Notung Software.

At Siggraph 2001, I was asked if I'd be interested in being a brokered artist for the newly formed "DAZ 3D". Of course, I said yes and started as a clothes texture artist. I really didn’t find my nitch in the 3D world until I partnered with BL Render to do the Songbird ReMix Series in 2003. The following year, I came into my own blending my love and knowledge of birds with a strong environmental theme "Threatened, Endangered, Extinct". Designed specifically to raise awareness about threatened species and why they're going extinct. Songbird ReMix imagery have appeared in Duncraft’s product advertisements, in Audubon literature and even on billboards in Nebraska (for the “Omaha Reads: To kill a Mockingbird”)

Since then I’ve steadily worked on improving my texturing with Painter and my 3D modeling skills with Modo, creating a little art and animation, and of course, producing more 3D birds with a strong environmental message.

Besides being a DAZ Published Artist, I work at home as a freelance artist/photographer and web designer and also volunteer at the Theodore Payne Foundation (a Foundation that focuses a native plant awareness). I am Gallery represented and do sell my "traditional" and digital work.

On February 12, 2010, I was inducted into the TI99ers Hall of Fame.


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Nushaa Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
thank you so much for being a member of my group, Owlies-Inc. it really does mean a lot to me. Heart
KenGilliland Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
You're welcome...  and thank-you for allowing my to share imagery of my owl 3D models with your group. As you've probably seen, I just finished up a I'll try to throw some owl images occasionally in but my current focus for the summer will be the songbirds of Asia.  I do plan to do frogmouths and nightjars (close relatives to owls) this fall.