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First bear please feel free to critique

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by New Joe, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. New Joe

    New Joe New Member

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    Alot of first on this one...First bear, first open mouth, first bear tanning.

    only my sixth mount and I am just a hobbist.
     

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  2. New Joe

    New Joe New Member

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    three more pics...not a great cameraman
     

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  3. New Joe

    New Joe New Member

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    no comments at all? I am all ears...I know I have alot to learn.
     
  4. tommy70

    tommy70 New Member

    Lookin Great Bud..keep up the great work..and keep looking at referances if your not sure..they are your best friend
     
  5. Great job on the mouth! the only thing i would change is the expression on his face. I had this problem on a mountain lion rug. it really is hard to show anger on the face. (im a hobbyest too)
     
  6. jake7719

    jake7719 Well-Known Member

    Just because the mouth is open it doesn't have to be a "angry" bear. Looks nice for your first bear.
     
  7. Badgerland

    Badgerland Quality taxidermy & quality deer capes.

    looks pretty good. The ears might not quite be the same heigth on the sides of the head, & the nose seems to be a black blob in the pics. Check your live pics for reference & look closely at the color variations of the nose pads & inside the nostrils.
    Layering your colors on the nose pad helps give it some depth.
    Keep up the good work.
     
  8. New Joe

    New Joe New Member

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    thanks badgerland for the tips. Painting always seems to whip me. I also do a little woodcarving, and I can never ever get the painting right!
     
  9. Badgerland

    Badgerland Quality taxidermy & quality deer capes.

    Start with your light colors. White, then flesh, gray, red?, brown, charcoal, black etc. as needed.

    Always spray lightly & it will progress with each color you layer on. Trust your instincts & "reference pics", & remember that the clear coat will make the colors lock together & pop with depth. It just takes practice. Fish are great for practicing on, you can keep cleaning off an extra fish mount to get more practice painting.

    Wood carving is slightly different due to the paint wanting to soak in to the wood. You may want to get a base layer for that. Search the forums for wood carving.
     
  10. New Joe

    New Joe New Member

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    thanks for the tips. I have yet to learn how to use a airbrush. All the painting so far has been done by hand.
     
  11. Badgerland

    Badgerland Quality taxidermy & quality deer capes.

    for using a paintbrush, it looks pretty good. I thought you used an airbrush. Wow.
    Stick with it, you can only get better.
     
  12. FeatherHorn

    FeatherHorn New Member

    eyes need more work. looks like the skin is pulled back too far
     

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  13. FeatherHorn

    FeatherHorn New Member

    ears appear to be set too far mack on the head as well
     
  14. New Joe

    New Joe New Member

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    I noticed the way the eyes look also. I kinda thought it was because it was such a small bear and kinda made the eyes look farther back. The ears are difficult to me. guess i messed those up also.
    thanks for the help