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What A Challenge (bobcat)

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by 13 point, Apr 17, 2021.

  1. cameron2

    cameron2 Well-Known Member

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    Alright, I feel bad for nit picking -- but I expect the same when I ask for input. That back left foot disappears into the belly fur. My eye keeps searching for it. It should be more open and obvious. Look at the mount at the top of your post.

    BTW, I'm curious where the cat was harvested.
     
  2. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    To me as a hobbyist it looks pretty dang good! Certainly better than anything I have ever produced but then again, since I am only a hobbyist I don't have to answer to a customer. The pointers given seem to be sound advice but I seriously doubt your client would have ever seen any of those things. Great job!
     
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  3. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    It was killed in WV , I’m not trying to make a mirror image of it and here’s the thing , and don’t take this personally. I have no issues taking criticism from people of work I’ve seen and respect, I’ve never seen any of your work, you could be best in the world , but I don’t know you or your work , that said I’ve taken 1st in the masters with my mounts , not saying that to tote my own horn , saying it because it’s hard to take advise from someone who as no clue , not saying that’s you but I hope you see where I’m coming from . Your giving me a lot of criticism which is great if you have the credentials to back it Kinda thing , that leg has to be under to support as his body is twisted and belly is kinda laying on the limb , pics don’t tell the whole story . And just so you know I’ve listened and looked at everything you mentioned. Thanks
     
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  4. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    I’ve pet dried it for 2 hours , it just don’t have that prime winter fur unfortunately. Here a pic of if wet lol , face ain’t set but you can see he is fluffed in other pics lol C9278C89-7FCF-4245-93E7-9A49EAF6B793.jpeg
     
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  5. 3bears

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    See if this works, other than the whisker lines being a tad off on this pic, it shows more of what I was referring to as far as ear position and eye cant. It may very well be the angle of your pic, again it looks pretty good. [​IMG]
     
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  6. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    That’s a good pic of the ears , I like how they are , I was trying to keep them more like Wa’s mount but it not being super prime it just doesn’t look right and to add to it , the liners don’t have that sweeping flow like a live ear unfortunately. Thanks for the pic . It’s funny sometimes we get to close to the mount and we can stare at it knowing something just don’t look right , but you just can’t put your finger on it . And In just seconds someone else can see it . Thanks again appreciate it .
     
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  7. cameron2

    cameron2 Well-Known Member

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    No offense intended, and certainly none taken here. You're obviously a much more experienced and skilled taxidermist than I am. I'm just trying to learn. My only credentials are that I have probably trapped a 1,000+ bobcats in my life so they interest me.
     
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  8. 3bears

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    You are welcome.
    Here's a trick I use, I'm sure you already know it but here goes anyway, I take pictures of mounts I'm working on with my phone and walk away and look at them, I can zoom in and often times see things that I don't see staring at it face to face. I also will use a hand held mirror and look at the face from other angles. I can't take any credit for those techniques as I learned them here from others.
     
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  9. 3bears

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    Here's one I did some years back in a similar pose but facing the other way. [​IMG]
     
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  10. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    That's what this forum and shows are all about; to learn from others ways to improve our work, isn't it?! I have learned enormous amounts from this forum alone. I have only been to three shows (and hope this years isn't cancelled with S.C.A.T.) however, what I got from these shows is invaluable. By the way, your cat looks great!
     
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  11. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Done 4A5A7BA1-84CE-4235-B675-4994FA3C5C86.jpeg 8A93B049-8783-4648-8AA4-4F716B3BBE8A.jpeg
     
  12. drob

    drob Active Member

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  13. That right front leg is in the perfect position. it helps show the looseness of the chest. Photos don't show that, The chest on cats is loose all cats, its also broad at the same time. You pulled that off!!
     
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  14. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Facially, you captured that "I'm a cat just chilling out, staring at something, or, nothing".
     
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  15. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Thanks folks
     
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  16. msestak

    msestak Well-Known Member

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    i never mounted a cat. i killed two :) but i do know if you dont get the face right, it throws the entire mount off even if the rest of the cat is perfect.......

    you got the facial expression PERFECT, looks awesome !!
     
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