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Megalania by Swordlord3d Megalania by Swordlord3d
Megalania 3D model made for Lost Creatures exhibition at Queensland Museum. 
Textured by Andrey Atuchin and supervised by Scott Hocknull.
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:icontombola1993:
tombola1993 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
Cool.
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:iconcowinacan:
Cowinacan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Professional Photographer
Wooooow!  Surreal!
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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
I love Megalania, favourite prehistoric Australian animal.
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Pappasaurus Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Wow! That's looks awesome, which it reminds me of a Komodo Dragon.
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:iconpackless1:
Packless1 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016
...because the Komodo-Dragon is his closest living relative...!Sherlock Holmes 
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:iconpappasaurus:
Pappasaurus Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I know, thank you.
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:iconpyroraptor42:
Pyroraptor42 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
what are they eating? :O
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:iconteddyblackbear2040:
TeddyBlackBear2040 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Epic!!!
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:iconbrnocz:
BrnoCZ Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
giant varans
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:iconcyothelion:
CyotheLion Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist
Some think these beasts still lives
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Amazing work as usual ! :D

So these Megalania's gathered there for breeding?
The fight at The background kinda points that...



(By The way; they're still alive at depths of Australian forests; LoL !)
;)
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:iconsnakeman2013:
Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015   General Artist
So life-like!!
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:iconx-streamchaos:
X-StreamChaos Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG!!!!! IT looks sooooooo real!!!!!
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:iconfredthedinosaurman:
FredtheDinosaurman Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Student General Artist
You are the greatest!
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:iconherofan135:
herofan135 Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible work, love the details! :jawdrop:
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:icongilarah93:
Gilarah93 Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic! Most renditions of megalania I've seen look goofy or overly dragon-like, but yours is very believable. Hooray for reasonable paleoreconstructions!
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:iconartfromtheheart92:
artfromtheheart92 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Student General Artist
:wow::D Awesome!

Looks like a badass komodo dragon ;)
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:iconthecraftysnail:
TheCraftySnail Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's one of the Komodo's ancestors. The only difference was these were the size of a bus! I think the spat their poison (not sure). Many people think they inspired Dragon legends
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artfromtheheart92 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Student General Artist
:wow::D Ah, no wonder they have a similiarity in looks :XD: ;P
Very interesting :nod:
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Gwiber49ofIreland Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
There might be a chance it survived into modern day, but in small pockets, and plus the coelacanth was declared extinct, but in 1930-something a live specimen just randomly popped up out of no where!
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015
There's a difference between a fish that lives at the bottom of the sea and a 1-ton apex predator that lives on land, you know....
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:icongwiber49ofireland:
Gwiber49ofIreland Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yeah,  I'm aware of that! I'm not stupid!
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:iconpristichampsus:
Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
Is it a permanent exhibit or a temporary one?
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:iconswordlord3d:
Swordlord3d Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I'm not sure honestly. Need to ask. )
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
If only our species didn't put an end to it and then blame natural changes that didn't even happen....
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:iconfritters56:
Fritters56 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
way cool!
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:iconbornin2this:
bornin2this Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
very life like!
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:iconklausteufel:
KlausTeufel Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
How big is this bloke?
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:iconthecraftysnail:
TheCraftySnail Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The size of a bus!
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
I really just need to bring this up.  You have this habit of creating a wrinkle grid on the neck of things.  I have never once seen an actual animal with that.  There are so many reference photos of komodo dragons, why did you avoid looking at neck reference?  Maybe there is just some animal I havent seen that has a neck like this.
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arvalis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
This should illustrate the problem www.dropbox.com/s/60vpnica3z7o…; There are far too many intersections, it looks man made.  Like all of your work, it looks completely artificial. 
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:iconswordlord3d:
Swordlord3d Featured By Owner Edited Apr 24, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Your link doesn't work. But I don't see big differences between the model and the photos: orig05.deviantart.net/055d/f/2…
This is a very huge animal and you can't just copy the komodo dragon's skin - the number of folds and intersections will be bigger. And please don't use this lecturer tone ;)
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Maybe this link works Screenshot 2015-04-24 18.35.41 by arvalis   .  The argument that megalania is a much bigger animal doesnt track very well when much smaller monitor lizards dont really have less folds, they just have more slender necks upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… .  The folds you create also look very stiff and rigid, which makes the animal look like its made of plastic instead of flesh.
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Swordlord3d Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Professional Filmographer
The number of intersections is actually not so big like you showed because some of them have Y-shape: s018.radikal.ru/i524/1504/14/6…
That's probably some lighting or post-production effect. The only thing I could agree with - too straight shape of some folds. 
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
You understand that reference photo you are comparing to has its neck bent toward the viewer right?  Which makes it a poor comparison because skin bunches up at compression points.  Its also missing most of the horizontal wrinkles.  I would highly encourage you checking out this fold tutorial by the late master artist, Barbara Bradley www.mightyartdemos.com/mightya… .  The fold mechanics are the same between skin and cloth.  If you learn why folds occur, you can learn to place them realistically.  Right now your folds appear more like you saw a komodo dragon photo and tried to recreate the folds without understanding their cause if that makes sense.
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Swordlord3d Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Professional Filmographer
It's just one photo as an example. There are others. As for horizontal folds, there are many lizards with 4 or even 5 such lines, and they are shaped not just by principles of gravity and material properties. Looks like it's some kind of species features. 
fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/i/201…
i.huffpost.com/gen/1518030/ima…
kids.nationalgeographic.com/co…
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Probroart95 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Super cool
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:iconjoel3d:
joel3d Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Wow! Love it in this enviornment
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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Xholankha Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just love the scenery and the impression of gigantism given by the angle! Great work!
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Goldham92 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
awesome :clap:
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:iconmikespikester11:
MikeSpikester11 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Amazing! =D

Also what is your opinion on the idea they could still be out there alive in the unexplored remote areas of the Australian Outback?
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:iconswordlord3d:
Swordlord3d Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thanks. My opinion? Impossible. =)
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:iconmikespikester11:
MikeSpikester11 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
You're welcome and okay just asked.
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Pachyornis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist
I know this question was not addressed to me, but there are no unexplored remote areas of the outback anymore, at least none where a lizzard of that size could live undetected.
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MikeSpikester11 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
I wouldn't be so sure about that. There's lot of underbush, large enough to hide such a huge creature plus, you know how it is said Megalania died out 40,000 years ago? Well in the 1970's a farmer found the fossils of one supposely belonged to a Megalania and carbon dating revealed they were only 300 years old. In comparision, that isn't too long ago.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
Saying that Australia is little-explored is a bit of a slighting and ignorant slap-in-the-face to the many colonial explorers that navigated these areas, and laid down telegraph lines etc. Most-level headed Australians such as myself are aware of how well-explored this country is, so comparing the vast outback to virgin land, in the 21st century, is pretty stupid.

Also, most reports of giant goannas recorded by Cryptozoologists are from bushland, not from the comparably vast interior, plus, some reports are even from farmland, so there goes your argument.
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:iconmikespikester11:
MikeSpikester11 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015
Just remember the underbush, it's big enough to hide such a huge creature, but if you think otherwise, I can't change that.
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