I have always been my own biggest critic. Hindsight is 20/20 and I always have a habit of looking back on any type of project I do and seeing the flaws and having trouble getting past them. These are the last 3 mounts I did. The flaws I see in them (mainly in eye sets and paint) drive me flipping crazy. Is my work as bad as I think it is ? This is my first year actually taking on customer work (taxidermy is a part time side hustle and not my primary source of income). These 3 represent my 11th 12th and 13th deer I’ve ever mounted (not counting hands on instruction with my mentor) and the 6th 7th and 8th I’ve mounted since taking on customer work (I took in 16 shoulder mounts and 10 skulls, all my skulls are finished and turned out superb). Yeah, I rushed in and should have gotten more practice before taking on customer mounts, but life circumstances didn’t allow for that, it was now or never and never (failure) was not an option. There are only 2 other taxidermist in my general area and both have other jobs and both turn away work every year. They both charge $450. I charged $375, not because I was trying to “buy work” or any of the other bad things everyone warns against but because I’ve seen those guys work and it’s better than mine. And I’ve seen my work and sometimes when I’m looking at it and seeing these flaws I’m not sure it’s even worth anything. I’m not looking for pats on the back or fishing for compliments or encouragement, and I’m not really seeking critique either because I can find plenty of flaws in my work (however critique is always welcome and encouraged, I am trying to improve). I don’t know I’m the type of person who does best when I can talk through my problems with my wife and close friends but I can’t really truly share this with the people i usually bounce my problems off of because they don’t understand taxidermy and so I need to hear insight from people who can better understand the situation. Like, am I ripping people off ? What I see of everyone else’s work is literally all better than mine. I’m in every Taxidermy fb group and on here and in the last year or so I have literally only seen 1 mount that an argument could even be made that my stuff was better than .