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Dododex: Taming Calculator - Ark: Survival Evolved

By danlev
Promo image I made for Dododex, my taming calculator and companion app for the popular game on steam, Ark: Survival Evolved. It was a lot of fun to make this -- I used to play around with 3D software in high school, but I never got too far into it, so I'm excited that Dododex has forced me to play around with Unreal Engine, the software behind the game.

For Dododex, I don't need to work with 3D, but sometimes I just get sucked into it. To make this image, I used the models from the game and repositioned/posed them, added ground/sky textures. Then I adjusted the lighting and added blue and purple spotlights to light up the Dodo's feathers and added some backlighting.

I wanted to make it look like the Dodo had killed the T-Rex, but I'm not sure it comes off that way. I was originally going to put the Dodo on the top of a giant pile of dead dinosaurs, but making the models look like they're piled up naturally was way too much work. 

The character models are copyright Studio Wildcard, and the company openly allows players to remix and build on them. Studio Wildcard has given me permission to use Ark: Survival Evolved imagery for my app.

Dododex is available on iOS and Android.
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Valognir's avatar

Wait just a second... You made the dododex? How did I never realize, hehe.

Been a while since I played, but dododex is super useful.

Thanks for making it!

danlev's avatar

Haha, yep! :D Glad you find it useful!

SeekHim's avatar
Interesting. I've always had a fascination with dodos.
I like how triumphant the dodo looks.

At the same time looking at the pic makes me sad and wish that I (and the world) could still see a live dodo.

GOD bless
John 3:16
Neiot's avatar

Dododex is a good resource. I started playing the game back in December and I'm hooked.

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Not sure how a tiny dodo could kill a 2 story tall meat eater. 
codelyokolover3's avatar
i know how it gets super strong
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nice work, i love ark :D
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"I wanted to make it look like the Dodo had killed the T-Rex, but I'm not sure it comes off that way." That was what I thought when I saw it, together with a look of achievement.
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Well done, this is some inspiring work you have here. Keep up the good work and have fun!
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Oh, it seems to be a fun game!
norree's avatar
This image is both perplexing and inspiring. I have no doubt the Dodos would appreciate this image, if only they still could...
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