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Common Potoo by KenGilliland Common Potoo :iconkengilliland:KenGilliland 0 0 The Impasse by KenGilliland The Impasse :iconkengilliland:KenGilliland 2 2 Sonoran Desert by KenGilliland Sonoran Desert :iconkengilliland:KenGilliland 0 0 Phillipine Eagle by KenGilliland Phillipine Eagle :iconkengilliland:KenGilliland 2 0 Red-breasted Goose by KenGilliland Red-breasted Goose :iconkengilliland:KenGilliland 4 0 Common Poor-will by KenGilliland Common Poor-will :iconkengilliland:KenGilliland 2 0 Puerto Rican Nightjar by KenGilliland Puerto Rican Nightjar :iconkengilliland:KenGilliland 1 0 Australian Tiger and Orange Threadtails by KenGilliland Australian Tiger and Orange Threadtails :iconkengilliland:KenGilliland 0 0 Damselfly heart by KenGilliland Damselfly heart :iconkengilliland:KenGilliland 1 0 Orange-tailed Marsh Dart by KenGilliland Orange-tailed Marsh Dart :iconkengilliland:KenGilliland 0 0 Western Spadefoot by KenGilliland Western Spadefoot :iconkengilliland:KenGilliland 0 0 Southern Leopard Frog by KenGilliland Southern Leopard Frog :iconkengilliland:KenGilliland 0 0 Giant Monkey Frog by KenGilliland Giant Monkey Frog :iconkengilliland:KenGilliland 0 0 Common Frog by KenGilliland Common Frog :iconkengilliland:KenGilliland 0 0 El Jefe by KenGilliland El Jefe :iconkengilliland:KenGilliland 2 0 Christmas at Saguaro National Park by KenGilliland Christmas at Saguaro National Park :iconkengilliland:KenGilliland 0 0


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Common Potoo
My Common Potoo (rendered in Iray).  Potoos are masters of disguise, emulating branches during the day while they sleep
The Impasse
A family of Red-eared Sliders meets a curious Mallard.

The Red-eared Slider is a semiaquatic turtle belonging to the family Emydidae and a subspecies of the pond slider. They get their name from the small red stripe around their ears. The "slider" in their name comes from their ability to slide off rocks and logs and into the water quickly.

In nature, they inhabit areas with a source of still, warm water, such as ponds, lakes, swamps, creeks, streams, or slow-flowing rivers. Living in these areas allows them to leave the water easily by climbing onto rocks or tree trunks so they can warm up in the sun. They are often found sunbathing in a group or even on top of each other. They also require abundant aquatic plants, as these are the adults main food, although they are omnivores. Turtles in the wild always remain close to water unless they are searching for a new habitat or when females leave the water to lay their eggs.

The red-eared slider is included in the list of the world's 100 most invasive species according to the IUCN. Although it is native to the southern United States and northern Mexico, it has become established in other places because it is the most popular pet turtle in the world and some owners release it into the wild, where it has become an invasive species and out-competes native species.

Rendered in DAZ Studio Iray without any postwork. Models include Fern Lake (Stonemason), Songbird ReMix Waterfowl v1 and Nature's Wonders Turtles (Ken Gilliland)
Sonoran Desert
An iray render of my models featuring the Desert Tortoise.

Tortoises and turtles are both reptiles from the order of Testudines, but in different classification families. The major difference between the two is that tortoises dwell on land, while turtles live in the water some or nearly all of the time.

Tortoises tend to have rounder, bumpier and heavier shells than turtles. Turtles also have webbed feet, while tortoises do not. They also are longer lived; averaging 80-150 years. The longest known living tortoise was 326 years.

Rendered in Iray without any postwork. Models include: NW Saguaro Habitat, NW Habitat Extender, NW Lizards, NW Lizards v1, NW Turtles, NW Turtles V1 and Songbird ReMix Owls.
Phillipine Eagle
As expected, this eagle is endemic to the Philippines and can be found on four major islands: eastern Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao. The largest numbers of eagles reside on Mindanao, with between 82 and 233 breeding pairs. Only six pairs are found on Samar, two on Leyte, and a few on Luzon. It can be found in Northern Sierra Madre National Park on Luzon and Mount Apo, Mount Malindang and Mount Kitanglad National Parks on Mindanao.

It prefers dipterocarp and mid-montane forests, particularly in steep areas. Its elevation ranges from the lowlands to mountains of over 1,800 m (5,900 ft).

Upon its discovery, the Philippine eagle was first called the “Monkey-eating Eagle” because of reports from natives that it preyed exclusively on monkeys. Later studies revealed, however, that the alleged monkey-eating eagle also ate other animals, such as colugos, civets, large snakes, monitor lizards, and even large birds, such as hornbills. This led to a presidential proclamation to change its name to “Philippine eagle” in 1978, and in 1995, it became the national emblem of the Philippines.

This eagle is critically endangered with only 150-500 left in existence (and sadly, a declining population trend).
Forest destruction and fragmentation, through commercial timber extraction and shifting cultivation, is the principal long-term threat.

Killing a Philippine eagle is punishable under Philippine law by 12 years in jail and heavy fines.

Rendered in DAZ Studio Iray without postwork.  This model is part of my Songbird ReMix Birds of Prey series.

Red-breasted Goose

Here's the Red-breasted Goose... This species breeds on the northern coast of Russia and winters on the western coast of the Black Sea. It prefers tundra or scrubby 'wooded' tundra, in close proximity to rivers and gullies. It favors high and dry areas on steep river banks and precipices, low hills, rock outcrops and rocky islands. It eats grasses,leaves and seed. Their call is a repeated, jerky “kik-yoik, kik-yik” in flight.

While there are still over 50,000 adult individuals, there is great concern over the future of this species with a decline of more than 50% of the population since the late 1990s. Deliberate hunting of birds occurs in Russia and Kazakhstan, and results from a recent tagging study suggest mortality owing to hunting could be very high - possibly up to 40%. Following land privatization, and especially the residential and tourist development boom in winter roosting and feeding areas, the quality of roosting areas has decreased. Climate change and associated habitat shifts are expected to impact negatively on this species and others dependent on tundra habitat for breeding. Modeling indicates that 67% of the habitat for this species could be lost by 2070.

Rendered in Firefly


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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Lethal-Woman Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017

Hello Ken I want to personally thank you for joining my group I am happy to have you as a member and hope that you will enjoy being a part of this group. Welcome!
KenGilliland Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017  Professional General Artist
you are welcome and thank-you for visiting me. I'm not too active on Deviant Art (too many forums, too little time), but I'll try to post my bird imagery when I can.  Since you're obviously a birder you might enjoy my Bird Encyclopedia and my 3d digital bird site
Lethal-Woman Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017
I understand and thank you for that link I will save it to my favorites. I still have much to learn about birds. 
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.
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