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07 July 2007, 02:54 PM
I have just finnished the 5th Earth's Children book by Jean M. Auel, and I must say that the Mammoths in these books have fasinated me.
So I'll make the closest animal living today, an elephant.
A parent elephant that is protecting his/her child from something dangerous.
Inspirational photo: (Thanks to noizFACTORY for providing the link to this beautiful photo; (

07 July 2007, 03:06 PM
Could you do an elephant instead.

The rules do say that the animals have to be fromthe current animal kingdom.


07 July 2007, 03:10 PM
Oh, ok, sorry, I was just so focused on the idea of one, the rule must have slipped my mind.
Well, elephant it is. Well, atleast I wont have to think about alot of hair and fur :P
Can you please change my thread name then? "Protective Elephant" instead please?

07 July 2007, 03:11 PM

Good luck!

07 July 2007, 03:15 PM
Thank you, sorry about the mess.

07 July 2007, 04:14 PM
Wow, I wish Roberto would suggest I change my Squirrel to some similar-yet-hairless creature!Fur'n'hair is bloomin tricky - not to mention causing system crashes.:sad:

But yeah, an Elephant would be cool. Plus theres loads of wildlife documentories on the magnificient beasts. The Survival series or BBC docs are always inspirational.

07 July 2007, 04:49 PM
Hehe, your right Boone. Good luck on the fur and modeling on your squirrel.

Ok, so I started on the legs, I am using 3d studio max 9, and I am mainly "plane-modeling" shift+drag and alot of target welding. Here is what I got so far, a little 4 step image: (

07 July 2007, 08:53 PM
The feet look excellent. Are you planning to paint a displacement map in Zbrush? If so, you should really try and keep your topology to quads only, as Zbrush goes completely MENTAL if you even have a single face with less or more than 4 sides.

07 July 2007, 09:01 PM
Thanks alot Yav
I am not sure yet actually, the texture on an elephant is too much to model by hand, so I guess I have to, atleast if I am to have a chanse to compete with all you guys.
And yeah, so I have heard about the tri's problem, it's like that in Mudbox aswell. I think I have quads only so far? maybe I got blind while modeling.

07 July 2007, 03:55 PM
A little update on the foot: (

07 July 2007, 08:05 PM
very nice, looking really good

07 July 2007, 09:01 PM
def looks like it could protect...

keep it comin... or risin...

08 August 2007, 02:34 AM
well if the rest of your model turns out as good as the foot, this will turn out spectacular, keep it up, looking great so far

08 August 2007, 11:25 AM
amazing foot !!
very cool details do with traditional modeling :bounce:
looking forward to nex update :)

08 August 2007, 06:17 PM
Thanks alot guys. I will be gone this weekend, so there will be no progress I think.
I'll see if I can finnish some more on him on monday.

08 August 2007, 08:12 PM
Hey, can't wait to see how you'll turn this.

if you looking for some interesting view of elephant, you could check the website of Gregory Colbert (
he made an excellent photographic and artistic work on the elephant and his "feeling".
hope it could help you a bit, if you need it ^^

Look forward for more.

08 August 2007, 11:16 AM
Thanks SweD for the comment and the link.

Here is a little update, it's not much, but it's something. (
and a little Mudbox test, just to see how it might look like in the end. (

08 August 2007, 10:35 AM
keeping an eye on this one. that leg is looking sexy (if an elephant leg cud be sexy that is :p)

08 August 2007, 04:04 PM
thanks perham3d, maybe I should make some sexy stockings for him.

08 August 2007, 11:23 PM
o noes. stockings make my heart pump fast and my legs feel all wibbly wobbly. that elephant in stockings will make me pass out :P

09 September 2007, 11:01 PM
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