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White-crowned Pigeons

Chestnut-fronted Macaws over the Creek

Thick-billed Parrots

Lilian's Lovebirds

Glaucous Macaw

Wonga Pigeons

Northern Bobwhites

Koklass Pheasant

Borean Fireback

White-browed Guan

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My Bio
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.

Favourite Visual Artist
John Singer Sargent
Favourite Movies
Anything with Errol Flynn
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
John Hiatt, Paul Thorn, Warren Zevon, Richard Wagner
Favourite Writers
Steven King, Edgar Rice Burroughs
Favourite Games
Titan Quest, Skyrim, 3D shooters
Favourite Gaming Platform
PC
Tools of the Trade
Modo, Painter, Poser, DAZ Studio, Oil Paints
Other Interests
Birds

Devious Journal Entry

Devious Journal Entry

The Price of Extinction From SongbirdReMixWiki Jump to: navigation, search 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

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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!
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KenGillilandProfessional 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 www.empken.com/wiki/ and my 3d digital bird site songbirdremix.com
I understand and thank you for that link I will save it to my favorites. I still have much to learn about birds. 
thank you so much for being a member of my group, Owlies-Inc. it really does mean a lot to me. Heart
KenGillilandProfessional 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.