Hi Kirby, I remember my first deer took me 12 hours I felt like I had been hit by a truck, the total focus was exhausting, but I was soooooooo proud of that deer, one year later I thought it was the most embarassing thing I had ever seen so I took it apart and redid it, that redo is still kicking around and now I think it looks ridiculous and keep it hidden until I can redo it again some day. So what I am saying is Good for you, you did a deer and you did it all on your own. Ralph's critique is right on and honest, your length of butts are too long and too skinny, in fact one ear looks longer than the other. You mentioned having a hard time matching cape to horns, that does not show up in the photo's. The eye paint, much too dark, surprizingly just looking at the dead animal skin color or even one back from the tannery helps, if you can just make a blend of colors that are richer but similar to what you see, that is often a very muted color, (I use oil paints) I acheive the muted color by adding a touch of white to my burnt umber and black. Or make a grey and then add burnt umber till you like the color. Your reference photo does show dark eye skin, but that line is very close to the rim of the eye, on your deer the dark is much to extensive.Thats my two cents........for what its worthTracy
Ralph, Tracy, thanks for the help. I was pretty sure those are the things you would tell me. thanks. i had no idea how to paint the eyes as far as color goes, now i will be able to do better on the next one. the other thing is what is wrong with the antlers Oaks? I'm not sure how they should look so again, please explain. criticism with B>S> or vehemence is a true learning tool in my book. thanks. will post another one when i can get another one to put together. if i take this one apart, i will only have to get a cape that will fit, since i will already have the antlers and mannikin. please God bring me a 7.25 x 18 mule deer for Easter.thanks again guys.kirbyAlso i was told to put a little more clay under the nose and in the tear ducts, along with more clay in the ear butts.