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A Mammoth on Monument Hill by deskridge A Mammoth on Monument Hill by deskridge
I've been meaning to do a mastodon paleo artwork, though this really started with a quick view I got of the head statues (moai) of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) while watching television one day. I liked the idea of the monumental stones lining a grassy hillside. So I decided to create a similar image. However, I wanted a more natural look, so I used standing stones.

The stones look like they were artificially placed, but weather on not that is the case is unclear. I got the idea that they may have, in fact, been purposefully placed, but rather than by a human, an animal, and the only such animal with the strength to do so would have to be huge. Hence, enter the woolly mammoth.


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Mammoth is an older model by Smith Micro, available here: contentparadise.com/productDet…

Resources:
Poser (for posing characters): www.IntrovertArtist.com/Poser
Vue (for building the scene and rendering): www.IntrovertArtist.com/Vue
GIMP (an open source alternative to Photoshop):  www.IntrovertArtist.com/Gimp

All else if Vue 8 objects
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:iconmisfit-a-saurus:
Misfit-a-saurus Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great pic! Love your work man!
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:iconyoshiman444:
yoshiman444 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Very realistic fur!
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:iconebonfeather:
Ebonfeather Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
I am really impressed with the fur. Looks really amazing.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconrandomstufffan:
randomstuffFan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Awesome. Just... Awesome.
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AnimalLover89 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Hey, can you make a picture of a Megaloceros, also known as an Irish Elk? Or perhaps a herd of horses? I would like that because I would like to see how they turn out because I love your art!
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deskridge Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013   Digital Artist
In fact, I have a couple of Irish Elk works.  This one I liked so much that it was my profile pic for a time:  deskridge.deviantart.com/art/T... .  This other one I didn't really care for the result as much, but I though it still good enough to publish: deskridge.deviantart.com/art/M...
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charla316 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
wow
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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bronnynz Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Oooops... sorry ~ This is the actual link. The one below on the city of Arkaim is interesting too... But it was the Shiva Manasa Puja link that discusses the Vedic people of Siberia, the Vedrus [pr. Vedroose] [link] The mammoth hunters were actually a little further south, mainly around the Black Sea I believe... but we'll take some poetic license in this case : ) Arkaim is much more north, at the foot of the Ural Mountains in Western Siberia : ) Peace.
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bronnynz Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Hi. Everything about your painting is so perfect !! ~ the clouds, the cedar trees, the grass stalks, the seam of crystal in the rock... and obviously the amazingness of the woolly mammoth. Wonderful. Thank you for sharing your vision and creativity with us. I love it so much that I now have new desktop background ; ) We've also referenced and shared it on my site : ) [link] I hope you enjoy the word and sound images on that page and something of the history... it might add some new layers of meaning for you : ) I hope so. Thank you so much ~ Bron
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Eidolon1 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnificant!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nicely done..
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner May 19, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome
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Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is wonderful! Did you paint his fur? If not, it rendered so well! Awesome image. I find these creatures very interesting. I like your story of how you think the rocks were placed by animals. There is so much that we just do not know about our world. Great work! :iconflowerthnxplz:
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks! I used a uv mapped jpg to get the rough fur done on this first, then spent a few hours in post production fixing it up the way I wanted it using Gimp.
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Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Your welcome! It turned out wonderfully. Your animals all look so real. Great work! :iconjumpteddyplz:
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:icontrharrington:
trharrington Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
Outstanding render and composition!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconorinoor:
orinoor Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
Really fantastic, I love the mammoth.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconafterdeath:
AfterDeath Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a amazing image, one of my new faves
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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HANxOPX Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow nice did you render the scene in Vue?
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks! Yes, Vue 8.
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FredrickArch Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
wow! Nice work!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Elperdido1965 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Great ! great Hair effect
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconerulian:
Erulian Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011   Digital Artist
This image was selected as one of our Images of the Month...Congrats ! 8-)
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Wow thank you!
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:iconadorety:
adorety Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent job. Nice work with the CP mammoth. The hair came out great.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ImaginaryGoddess Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
That is gorgeous! What a beautiful massive beast. :D
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconbnolin:
bnolin Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very striking. Love the deep coloring, color choices are great. The camera angle is good, too, looking up at him.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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jrmalone Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! The textures are great. Excellent scene and render! This could be an illustration for the woolly mammoth in a book! ;) I love your idea of the mammoths placing the rocks in an intelligent manner. :)
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deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ClvArt Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
More fuss renders! You make it look so real :) Wonderful!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icongreta-heron:
Greta-Heron Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful scene.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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chrisntheboat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bad ass!
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deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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chrisntheboat Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are welcome:)
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Bad-Dragon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I have long suspected that wooly mammoths built stonehenge with the help of alien technology.
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