May 2016

The Contest, plus New & Old Projects 

"Foraging" by Szark (an entry in the Open Rendering Season contest)

The Opening Rendering Season Contest is now accepting entires and will close onJune 22nd with the results being given on or by July 4th. This contest, as always, is a thank-you to my customers and gives all a chance to show the best in 3D bird art (and a chance to win some great prizes).

Other projects...

I've taken a couple weeks to try to finalize my wing set for the Hivewire Horse.  I am hoping for a June release and the model will support most of available Horse breeds (all breeds except "the Beast").  The default Bay Horse texture will be included with the models, and mini-texture sets of the other breeds by cwrw will appear based down the road.

On the Nature's Wonders front, I'm developing a lizard model that will hopefully "remix" to a number of different lizard species. The base model will by patterned after the Fence Lizard, which in common through the US and Mexico.  This lizard will easily transform to Agama, Lacerta and other species found throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. As always, I will be using a world-view in my species selections. I don't have a projected rlease date on this project yet.

The modernizing of the Songbird ReMix CR2 bases project is going to be a slow process with almost 800 birds to convert and update.  It will take the rest of the year to complete. This approach also means that you will need to transfer any Songbird ReMix products purchased at my former publisher to Hivewire3D to get the updates. If you haven't, please take advantage of Hivewire's product transfer program that will allow you to keep your purchased products current. 

Songbird ReMix Asia which started the need to update these CR2 bases will probably be worked in between updates over the summer.

Updates and Downloads

  • Free additional Kiwis in Downloads
  • Upcoming Products

  • Songbird ReMix Asia Volumes 1-4
  • Songbird ReMix Hornbills
  • Songbird ReMix Peafowl

  • Real Birds: A West Coast Win for Small Fish—and Seabirds, Too

    Behind every successful seabird-breeding season are thousands of tiny fish. Anchovies, herring, smelt, saury—these are just a few examples of the “forage fish” seabirds depend on to survive and rear healthy chicks. These nutritious schools are a crucial link in the food chain, supporting not just birds but also a wide range of larger fish and marine mammals.

    Now a new federal ruling issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has recognized the massive ecological impact of these small ocean dwellers, and is protecting them from large-scale fishing off the West Coast. The statute makes dozens of forage fish species—the vast majority of the region’s populations—off limits to commercial fishermen, who are increasingly targeting them to produce mass quantities of fishmeal for agriculture and aquaculture. Under the ruling, fishermen wanting to target any of the protected forage fish species will now be denied approval until they can prove that their impact on the species—and the broader ecosystem—is negligible. READ MORE

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