Ocean Invasion #12: We’ve Got Crabs

“Ocean Invasion #12: We’ve Got Crabs”

Ocean Invasion #11: We’ve Got Crabs

 

Blue crabs invade my friends’ apartment building. Note: In the original photo there is a street where there is now water.

This is the 12th in a series of pieces, “Ocean Invasion,” which finds ocean creatures living in absurd land habitats.

Photo taken with iPhone cam. Crabs modeled in Blender (with reference photo help from Dr. Tom Shultz, molecular biologist at the Duke Marine Conservation Molecular Facility and Amy Frietag of the “Southern Fried Science” blog and Duke Marine Lab). Textured and post-processing in GIMP.

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Ocean Invasion #11: We've Got Crabs

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Ocean Invasion #11: We've Got Crabs

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Ocean Invasion #10: The Loggerheads Got In!

Ocean Invasion #10: The Loggerheads Got In!

Loggerhead sea turtles invade a kitchen like a a colony of ants.

This is the tenth in a series of pieces, “Ocean Invasion,” which finds ocean creatures living in absurd land habitats.

This work was modeled using Blender software. Texturing and post-processing was done using GIMP. Completion took approximately one month on and off.

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Ocean Invasion #10 - Detail 1

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Ocean Invasion #10 - Detail 2

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Ocean Invasion #11: Cappy’s Octopus Invasion

“Ocean Invasion #11: Cappy’s Octopus Invasion” – This also happens to be my favorite cafe/bar/karaoke/trivia joint in Pittsburgh: Cappy’s Cafe (@CappysCafePGH).


This is the tenth in a series of pieces, “Ocean Invasion,” which finds ocean creatures living in absurd land habitats.

This was an exercise in integrating a 3D computer model into a real world photo with at least somewhat realistic lighting and shadows. I shot the photo with my phone cam, and modeled, textured, and rendered the octopus in Blender. A little bit of post-processing was done in GIMP. Began and completed in one afternoon.

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Octopus vs. Velociraptor – T-Shirts!

Do you like Octopuses? How about Dinosaurs?
Then check out this new T-shirt I designed. That’s right – it’s an Octopus eating a Velociraptor in a tree.
(note: this is a compressed jpeg version – the original and t-shirts are much higher quality).

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Octopus vs. Velociraptor - on white

Octopus vs. Velociraptor - White T-shirt

Octopus vs. Velociraptor - Detail

You can get it in black or white (or multiple other colors I believe).

Octopus vs. Velociraptor - Black T-shirt

Octopus vs. Velociraptor - Black T-Shirt

 

It’s basically a re-rendering of my detailed digital artwork “Octopus arborealus”

Ocean Invasion #1: Octopus arborealus

Ocean Invasion #1: Octopus arborealus

Ocean Invasion #9: Lionfish 1, Springbok 0

A voracioius lionfish on the heels of a springbok in the African savannah.

This is the ninth in a series of pieces, “Ocean Invasion,” which finds ocean creatures living in absurd land habitats.

This piece was inspired by a marine biologist friend who is currently studying these invasive fish in Hawaii (Christie Wilcox of the popular “Science Sushi” blog at Discover Magazine).

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Detail: (note – these are compressed jpeg files – the original is much higher quality and resolution)

Lionfish detail

Springbok detail

Ocean Invasion #8: Tending the Squid Hive

Squid tend to their paper nest amidst the Spanish moss of a southern bayou.

This is the eighth in a series of pieces, “Ocean Invasion,” which finds ocean creatures living in absurd land habitats.

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Ocean Invasion #7: The Great Migration

The Manta Rays take up their seasonal invasion.

This is the seventh in a series of pieces, “Ocean Invasion,” which finds ocean creatures living in absurd land habitats.

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Ocean Invasion #6: Jellyfish Fields


The jellies come out beneath a full moon.

This is the sixth in a series of pieces, “Ocean Invasion,” which finds ocean creatures living in absurd land habitats.

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“Ocean Invasion #5: Prawns of the Sonoran”

Ocean Invasion #5: Prawns of the Sonoran

Shrimp make a living amongst saguaro cactus needles.

This is the fifth in a series of pieces, “Ocean Invasion,” which finds ocean creatures living in absurd land habitats.

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“Ocean Invasion #4: Crystal Cave of the Landhorse”

Ocean Invasion #4: Crystal Cave of the Landhorse
A family of landhorses enjoy the quiet solitude of their crystal cavern abode.

This is the fourth in a series of pieces, “Ocean Invasion,” which finds ocean creatures living in absurd land habitats.

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