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Great White Tail Reference Photo

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Joe Kish, Nov 21, 2019.

  1. Joe Kish

    Joe Kish Well-Known Member

    Here's a photo from the back cover of the Jan.- Feb., 2019 issue of Sports Afield Magazine.
    It an ad for Gordy and Sons Outfitters. It's a great reference picture of a live deer showing two features that caught my attention. I'm referring to the set of the eyelid and the noticeably flat chin. The eye in particular gives a very relaxed expression, one which isn't often or rarely done in mounts done by everyone. We all seem to choose (me too) a more alert expression to the eyes. As for the flat chin, I don't recall if I ever modeled one that flat, preferring to beef it up a little to accommodate the let-out skin when that part of the cape is shaved down. I also noticed that none of the anatomical features like the facial muscles much less the veins show on a winter haired deer. Here's a death mask I made of a Texas whitetail along with a photo of what I consider a superb whitetail form by Mike Frazier, which is as good as a whitetail form gets.

    What's your observations as to what this expression conveys to you?

    I credit this use of Sports Afield content to fair use for educational purposes.

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  2. Talltinelee

    Talltinelee Member

    To me the expression says, I’m depressed and tired of this crappy weather! Haha.

    I like a bit more of a relaxed eye but, like you said I’ve never sculpted my eyes that relaxed. Great reference. Thanks.
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  3. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Your ear butts are to fat a judge told me once.
  4. whitetails and fish only

    whitetails and fish only Well-Known Member

    Nice picture Joe, Thanks, but I bet a mount like this with unruly hair, no veins, and very little muscular showing would probably not do good in competition.
    Lance.G likes this.