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Piebald Buck WIP by Phoenix-Cry Piebald Buck WIP by Phoenix-Cry
Still have a lot of work to do on this guy, but thought I'd share what I've got so far.

This cape was *really* hard to work with for a few reasons. The most difficult of which is that as a yearling or perhaps a little older the deer is really small around the neck, but long in the face. There were NO forms that fit this deer so I had to do a lot of modification. It also didn't help that I didn't have any pre skin measurements.

Also this cape has been in someone's freezer for the past five years which made the leather tough as nails to stitch through!

The antlers are tilted too far forward. When I first set them they were right, but somehow when I went to put them back on later they ended up tilted. Can't fix that now.

His ears were so small that even the smallest non-fawn ear liners didn't fit and I had to carve my own.

There was a six inch slit in the throat that needed fixing as well as a three inch in the back of the ear. Oh and both ears were blown.

So I won't be winning any competitions with this guy, but I think I'll like him when he's done anyway.
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PrepareForImpact Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that a lovely skin! Piebalds are certainly easy on the eyes ^ _ ^
Sounds like he's caused you a bit of trouble ;D So far he looks pretty good though, i'm looking forward to the finished result!
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Piebalds are my all time fav!

I will be finishing up this buck tomorrow! I'm going to try a new trick on the nose texture.
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Burrs-and-Furs Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is an epic looking piebald!
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Thank you! He'll be even better when he's done! I just love how much white he has.
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ShadiSin Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
.. I WANT HIM. Argh he's so handsome, even with flaws!
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Thanks! He's a prize buck despite his tiny size!
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ShadiSin Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Yep!

Also, Gannet's ears broke so I tried to re-do them myself with new replacements.. fail.. the stitch work sucks and one ear flopped over because I could NOT friggin fix them enough to put earliners in.. but on the bright side, with the flopped ear he looks cute! :p I took him to the pet store and everyone thought he was a regular dog..
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Oh no! I'm really suprised they broke. I'm glad the new ones look cute though!
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ShadiSin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
They broke because my little cousin went ape shit beating his head on everything.. nearly ruined his nose, too :( so I need to repaint it and.. yeah..
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Oh. yeah, hard to defend against insane cousin!!
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ShadiSin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Mmhm :(

Once I fix him up more, I'll take a photo to show you.

He's got a dog look to him rather than coyote now, I may do another ear 'transplant' if I can find another face to match his fur color.. but for now I'm happy he at least has ears lol.
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ArachnoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa...wicked! Hehehe, he looks kinda sly in this photo.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Heehee
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SaltyPuppy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Wow, you never cease to amaze me with being able to work with such tough materials! Great work, despite the issues with him. :)
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Yeah, I tend to buy 'bargain' pelts and capes. Makes them harder to work with but less expensive. This one was a real nightmare!
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SaltyPuppy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Hey if I had the experience I would do the same thing! I keep trying to compare taxidermy to fursuit building in my head to encourage myself to try it - but Ugh! I am so scared... even just to sew up my beautiful yote. :O This pelt sounds like it was a terror for sure though!
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I ordered the stuff for your yote!
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SaltyPuppy Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Wahoo!! :)
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SouthFrayzer Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Correct me here, do you first mould a plastic shape/model and then apply the skin to it?
I allways wondered how these are made.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
There are a lot of different ways to do it. The most common is to buy a pre-sculpted form made of foam that best fits the original size of the deer and then make modification using clay and scraping down the foam. After that the skin is applied.
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Nookslider Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, did he really came like this?
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Yup! He has a genetic mutation that causes white patches.
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Nookslider Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
He's so pretty cool looking. I would love to see this guy visiting my backyard and helping himself to some corn we put out for the squirrels.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
They happen in the wild!
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Nookslider Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
We have a lot of deer where I live. So I might have a chance to see one.
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