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Egg Hunt: Saving the Lost Race by NightsongWS Egg Hunt: Saving the Lost Race by NightsongWS
Egg Hunt: Saving the Lost Race

Sometimes, we go on hunts to find things. Sometimes, we go on hunts to kill or conquer.

And, just sometimes, we go on hunts to save the very last of something infinitely precious.


Made for the RuntimeDNA "The Great Egg Hunt" Monthly Challenge held in April 2011.

When I look at this in the morning, with fresh eyes, I am probably going to see a hundred things I want to change. But, for now, the egg hunt is done. :D

Gads. I think I forgot to change V4's face morphs. -headsmack-

And yes, this was as much an arien fan-piece as it was anything else. I have really, really, really, really wanted to play mix-and-match with the various sets of complementing textures she's made for different outfits for a long time, and seized the chance when it presented itself. :D

I also may have way overdone the depth of field. But, given how busy the foreground was, I just couldn't separate it from the background without something to force the illusion of depth. Bad composition choice on my part, I guess. I'm open to better ideas for the future!!


Poser Pro 2010, Photoshop.

Foreground, Products Used:
Many, many of Traveler's free eggs from RDNA, the UV2 eggs. Each egg, foreground and background is two meshes: one on the outside, with displacement and bump, one on the inside with only bump.

Victoria 4, Equinox, Evelyn Hair 2.0, Sayuri Hair, Golden Drops Hair (band), Steampunk Accessories, Medusa (outfit), Asesina (neck wrap), Hidden Asesina, Flintlock Gun, Wildenlander V4, Wild Sisterhood, V4 Ranger, V4 Ranger Textures, Historical Armor, Sword Sisterhood Court, Surprise Me!, Faveral's Medieval Blacksmith (sack), Subdragon, Subdragon Textures 2.

Michael 4, Beck, Gabriel Hair, Surreal Gabriel, Wildenlander M4, Wild Brotherhood, Jack of Hearts, Rogue Brotherhood, Ad Gladio, Ludis Sword Brotherhood, Faveral's Medieval Blacksmith (sack), Urbane (earring), Condemned Interior (scrolls), Flinlock Gun, M4 Regency Accessories (watch fob), Rage at Me!, Midnight Hunter (belt), Subdragon, Subdragon Textures 2, Deaddy Bear.

Lisa's Botanicals Salvia, Lisa's Botanicals Indian Grass, Designfera Deluxe Trees, Render Studio Lights, IDL Studio, Render Studio Monochrome (on the plants). And magnets. Many, many magnets.

Background, Products Used:
Many, may UV2 eggs, Monster Rat, Designfera Deluxe Trees, RDNA Grasslands.

Dear God, I have a DD. THANK YOU PJFriel and KeremGo!!!!! YOU ROCK SO MUCH!!!!!!!!! :tighthug:
Egads, there are so many awesome comments I'm going to go insane trying to answer them all! A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who left such kind and lovely words! And a double "thank you" for anyone who offered advice to make my work better! :tighthug:
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-05-26
=NightsongWS' work is always gorgeous, but Egg Hunt: Saving the Lost Race is truly extraordinary. There's so much going on that I could spend hours picking out every beautiful detail she's included. This a perfect example of how a picture truly is worth a thousand words. A writer could build an entire world out of this image. ( Suggested by PJFriel and Featured by KeremGo )
rhunel Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015   General Artist
Very cool!  Congrats on the DD!
chrisdesign48 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
This is just awesome!!!
Alvkost Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
Corran los van atrapar! esta bien bonito ;)
dakotaswanson7 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Filmographer
How were you able to make to 3d
Ziggy-FoxCat Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist

ALso I cannot get over the little dragon in the lower left that's holding a teddy bear. Y-You couldn't have possibly made this more adorableeeee. <3
DarkStorm-7 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful costumes!! Colors, story, expressions, all is awesome!!
MetalPenguino Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
*sigh* the story of Monster Hunter...amazing work by the way. I really enjoy the color scheme!
Ziggy-FoxCat Featured By Owner Edited Mar 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Actually, Monster Hunter focuses on Wyverns, not Dragons. ^v^

Very rarely do you fight something in Monster Hunter that is actually referred to as a dragon.

Wyverns are very different from Dragons in that they're more bestial, are either bipedal or pseudo-quadrupedal. Leviathans like the Lagiacrus are quadrupedal but lack wings. Many tend to be either bird like or dinosaur like. Dragons are...well..they're dragons! They have their similarities, but are still very different! You can still call them dragons, but in all truth, they're Wyverns.

Dragons also tend to be much more intelligent while Wyverns are, again, much more beastlike. ^v^ Both are super cool though~!
SilverFoxThief Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
:iconsadfaceplz: OMG!!! I want to save the dragon hatchlings! Save the dragons!!! T.T 

Excellent work and concept! The title is spot on! The narrative is instantly inviting! I can't help but wonder who's going after them! Not to mention the fantastic rendering! Love it! :clap:
yannpol Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
beautiful work!
leedragom Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
sorry for the question but are they stealing them or rescuing them?
Ziggy-FoxCat Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Rescuing. They're trying to prevent dragon extinction. ^^
leedragom Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
ahhh I approve!
Ziggy-FoxCat Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yup yup! ^u^
Egglane Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it...Nod 
SnapCentino Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Professional Writer
A delightfully unique take on the reasoning behind the egg hunt. The DD description is right, I could build a whole world from this image.

Remind me to buy the rights to this idea later.
The-Warp-Corrupts Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
wow beautifull piece of work :D I love it :D I can really feel a story emerging around it and it makes it even more wonderfull :D fav piece of the day and really made me wanna start on my writing project again after beeing off for so long and is in need of finishing it :D thank you for this lovely piece of art :D
boris0317 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning...just stunning!!!
effigytormented Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Ikke46 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
I almost can't say how gorgious and awesome i think this work is...but it is sÚ freaking good; it could be a scene from a Fantasy Movie...
You're a real artist!!! :nod:
ladyarah Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to let you know that I put this in an art feature in my group :iconrealmsoffantasy-myth: , in the article "Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 55 - Little Fantasies!".  You can find it here: realmsoffantasy-myth.deviantar... ^_^
NightsongWS Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!!!!!!!  :hug:  That is so awesome!!!
ladyarah Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure! ^_^
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful Image ! Good job ![link]
Deaddo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student General Artist
The theme here reminds me of a book I read in middle school... Dragon's Milk... anyone else read that? There are some other books in the series - which I believe is called Dragon's Kin.
SesshouFan22 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
the dragon is adorable~
pabloacosta3d Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow excellent!
StarChildrenSaga Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Alright, you are about to hear my thoughts on this picture and the description....


first off I want to say, "FINALLY!!!!" I am sick of seeing all the time, humans killing dragons! this picture has made more than my day! the lighting is perfect. The message in the description is touching. And I love the innocence in the dragon holding the teddy bear.

I would have to give the picture and the concept of the picture: 500 out of 100!
and with that said; You and hiccup from how to train my dragon are both my heroes. LOl
restif Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have a really good sense of movement, color, and staging making your renders a delight to view!
NightsongWS Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind comments!!! :D
mburleigh8 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Thank you for letting us feature your Amazing work! :iconfantasyfans101::iconshuffelinplz:
NightsongWS Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you for the wonderful feature!!! :hug: Y'all are so awesome!!
kein00077 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
esta es una imagen increible y muy hermosa
Hinoto1983 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow really detailed work, genial
HeartOfDeath Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
jaw dropping amazing
Erulian Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011   Digital Artist
Congrats, your image has won second place in our contest for the Image of the Year. I will contact you in a short while via PM.

Well done and well deserved!
NightsongWS Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011   Digital Artist
Oh, wow. Thank you!!!!! That is so awesome!!!!! :boogie: :bounce: :boogie:
equigoyle Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay.... my computer just did something weird on me... I think it posted a comment before I'd really even started typing it. :P


I liked the comment in the Daily Deviation. It's very true. It has a lot of things going on that draw the eye and the imagination. I love the use of textures and color. And I especially love the little baby dragons in their pockets!

Very nice image!
NightsongWS Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you!
equigoyle Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love the one with the little teddy bear. So cute :aww:
Pen--Is--Envy Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
I don't think it's too strong a term to say that in many respects, your digital work is reminiscent of the masters. I love it, I admire it, and in many ways I aspire to it. This one here particularly caught my eye both at DNA and Renderosity. Did you win this challenge?? I can't imagine there being a better image than this. I wasn't posting at the time so I never saw the gallery then, but... Unreal. :clap:
Gwasanee Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work has been featured here: [link]

If you want it removed, please let me know :heart:

Have a wonderful day
NightsongWS Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011   Digital Artist
:hug: :boogie: :hug: Thank you!!!
Gwasanee Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very welcome :heart:
marineguyny Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
excellent render, the more I look, the more I find!!!!
BronzeHind Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Love the steampunk feel of this one ;-)
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April 30, 2011
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