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Dinosaurs In The Wild by damir-g-martin Dinosaurs In The Wild by damir-g-martin

This illustration that I created for the Dinosaurs In The Wild project holds special place in my heart for couple of reasons. 
While I was making it I included couple of Easter eggs if you will.
First one is a nod to one of my favorite movies from my childhood. Jurassic Park. 
Man and woman in the shot are dressed similarly to the protagonists of the Jurassic Park, Ellie Sattler and Alan Grant. 
Furthermore, in the movie Alan doesn't like children but he seems to get in touch with his fatherhood instincts along the way as he's traversing dangerous park with two vulnerable kids.
Somewhere at the end, as they fly off the island we can see Alan holding both Tim and Lex and exchanging significant eye contact with Ellie. Ellie was openly critical of his stance on disliking kids throughout the entire film.
You can think of these two people as Ellie and Alan in an alternative universe having a child of their own, little girl.

Little girl ties in with my own life story.
I became father to one precious baby girl about 4 months before I created this piece for the Dinosaurs In The Wild project. 
It was tough for me being away from my tiny daughter for an entire month and some days. I just wanted to go back home and hold her. 
After I became father I discovered a super soft spot to a general father/parent/baby daughter thing. Be it in movies (Arrival, Logan etc) be it in real life, seeing pics of other dads and moms and their babies(girls especially) I just melt away.

Next up is the womans face in the reflection. 
Since the stock photo did not have facial reflections and we wanted to try and insert glimpses of faces and their expressions to a mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. I came to an idea to use my wife as a stand in for the face and that was super fun. 
The mans face was a random face picked up from photo site. 
But I manipulated the face to get it to remind me of Nicolas Hernandez, vfx sup and one of the most fun persons I've met while I was at Milk Vfx.
Lastly, one bit I almost forgot. 
This piece was started at Milk Vfx and it was finished after I came back home. In some ways, for me personally it symbolizes a happy family reunion. 
The three of us safely back together and a nasty T rex out there in the wild. 
T rex could represent the very project, "Dinosaurs In The Wild".
It was a strenuous stint both for me during that 40ish days time and an entire Milk Vfx crew that worked on that project for 18 months. 
Big beast of a project. 
So yeah, I just wanted to re-share couple of Easter eggs regarding this image.

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:icontransformandconquer:
TransformAndConquer Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uhh, is that glass?

Not much protection methinks.
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:icondamir-g-martin:
damir-g-martin Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Veery thick glass :D
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:icontransformandconquer:
TransformAndConquer Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As long as it's thicker than solid concrete then it should stand a chance. A small chance, but long enough for the people to run away.
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wildartguy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Professional General Artist
Jurrasic Park? Rings a bell... but
Oh wait! Is that the one I've seen about six thousand times, know every line of, and constantly wish someone would make a film half as good as?
Right, I think I vaguely remember it.

Amazing piece. Your ability to realise images in your mind is quite amazing, God knows I've tried, but very few people would know how hard it is, even for the most technically proficient artists. Great stuff!
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damir-g-martin Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Very kind of you! Thanks for such an uplifting comment! 
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Lordstevie Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
Oh crap they got into the yard again.
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BriMerry Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Great work! You're right, it's remind me jurassic park!
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:iconvaporeon249:
Vaporeon249 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017
Lick the window. Lick the window. Going to take forever to get all that drool off though.

Reading the comment... and aww!
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damir-g-martin Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Nintendians Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
nice picture.

just can't picture the current t-rex's look base on theory, seem weird and silly to me.
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:iconvincenangellis:
VincenAngellis Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017
Very realistic, nice....
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:iconevilsmiley2:
evilsmiley2 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017  Professional Filmographer
brick shat in 3....2...
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:icondamir-g-martin:
damir-g-martin Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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kingdragon01 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017
Wow, this is really cool!
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Flameal15k Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017
Wow, this is awesome!
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totuio Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017
:happybounce: 
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Philoceratops Featured By Owner Edited Nov 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you submit rotatable 3D models for all the animals from Dinosaurs in the Wild, please?
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damir-g-martin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Unfortunately no.
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Philoceratops Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I see.
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