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splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Sep 20, 2012 - 01:17pm PT
thought of you Ron. You got some competition. ;)

http://now.msn.com/taxidermy-gone-bad-photo-gallery-of-badly-stuffed-animals

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Sep 20, 2012 - 04:07pm PT
hey there say, ron... thanks for sharing.... had not seen this, either
first time up...

say, i was babysitting one night for grandkids and a show came on:
it was about a man that does this...
they showed the shop, what he did, and his wife and his home life...

he seemed like a very nice guy...
was very nice to folks,under odd conditions, and patient...

thanks again...
:)

*yep, it showed all the sculpting involved, painting etc..
my auntie that died (falling through ice in her pond, was 79)
well, she had been art director, etc, at the cleveland museum of
natural history and had done work in all things similar to this too,
... not sure how much was real critter, or not (birds, etc)...
but she did many prehistoric copies, too...
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 9, 2012 - 01:36pm PT
Cool Neebs. Most taxidermists do indeed have great amounts of patience.


Credit: Ron Anderson

The "wart hog".. Named for its protrusions of fatty like material extending from the face on either side if its cheeks. Typically beat up and abused by lions and other cats. The LARGE tusks are quite sharp on the lowers and the uppers are HUGE, set into the jaw some three to four inches and are strong enough to lift animals off the ground.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 9, 2012 - 02:39pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson


Isnt this a beauty? You see, anyone can become a licensed taxidermists. all you need to do is pay the fees for licenses. The economic times have driven many into a part time occupation as "taxidermists". Just like the rest of america, instant gratification is used in lieu of experience. Watch a video and bam your a "dermist". Get your cards made and pass em out!
So here we have a prime example of very little experience with a turkey that is supposed to be "strutting" . This done by a COMMERCIAL taxidermist in the area. The customer was charged a commercial fee and wrote a testament to the artist for creating such a wonderful trophy and that the talent and love for the work was obviously displayed! ---??
What is sad is that customers eventually become dissatisfied with an ugly mount like that and they loose interest in any more pieces in the future.






Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 9, 2012 - 03:03pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson


flushing chukar pair- done for an ST member here..;-)
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Nov 9, 2012 - 06:39pm PT
Great thread! Love it when old gems like this pop up. Ron, a world class artist and climber. Cool.

Just read the whole thread. Ron, no one commented on your photo of the ring-necked pheasant with the puma lounging on the couch in the background. That cracked me up. Would be fun to visit your shop next time I'm in Gardnerville. Would that be possible?

Growing up in DC I used to spend hours and hours in the NMNH looking at the exhibits. The tiger was my favorite (think it has been moved out of the great hall).

Run Forest, Run!
Run Forest, Run!
Credit: little Z
hobo_dan

Social climber
Minnesota
Nov 9, 2012 - 07:08pm PT
Those mounts are really well done Ron
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 9, 2012 - 07:13pm PT
thanks fer the compliments! And yes anyone can stop by for a visit- call first to make sure im here! for maps ,,numbers etc,, www.nevadawildlifestudio.com
Gene

climber
Nov 9, 2012 - 08:38pm PT
Wonderful stuff, Ron {{{Pun intended}}}.

TFPU. I hope to get an opportunity to visit your shop/studio/museum.

Best,
g
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 10, 2013 - 02:41pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson


Im not often EXCITED about a speciman,, but this is a SPRING sage grouse via a Native American permit that i just received for mounting. Ive only done three of these spring birds in the past 44 years.. This is the only time of year that a true strutting mount can be accomplished due to changes in the enzymes and other biological changes that allow the huge expansion of their breast skin for the booming of their ritual struts. The skin soon recoils to normal after mating.. Most sage grouse are hunted during the normal seasons and as such cant be mounted correctly in a strut pose.
These birds are ancient, and have NOT changed a bit from fossilized remains. Ill post a pic when completed..

Note: each of the white feathers of his collar have been meticulously trimmed and groomed by him, as well as the long plumes, which were once full feathers that were trimmed to be long shafted ornamental plumes one at a time by that bird.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 17, 2013 - 01:58pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson


Daves Lourie close to completion

Mr Dave York was up for a week long seminar with me, he won in an auction for another fellow taxidermist whos going through some major grief. He mounted his first predators as well as a day of my bird techniques and sizing bear manikins to the skin. A BUSY week! He was a good study too!
Credit: Ron Anderson

Mr Dave York from SoCal,, working on his first predator, a young african lion male!



a good looking lion face, after re-sculpting the zigamatics, maciters ...
a good looking lion face, after re-sculpting the zigamatics, maciters and eye rings/caruncles and nose..
Credit: Ron Anderson


Credit: Ron Anderson

Dave applying the clay for the facial features.


Dave working on his first life size bobkitty!
Dave working on his first life size bobkitty!
Credit: Ron Anderson

Credit: Ron Anderson



Credit: Ron Anderson



Credit: Ron Anderson

An intense seminar week was had--techniques of clay sculpting, metal ears, invisa thread, Eye sets, nose shapes, and mannikin alterations were the menu.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 17, 2013 - 02:33pm PT
hey there say, ron...

thanks for sharing, again...

i love the artwork...

so true what you shared, too, about 'some may get into the business
easy, but--it does NOT mean quality or skill...


not all the pics have loaded, but frm what i saw, with the lion,
i can tell they are good stuff, done ver well...


neat note as to this quote of yours:
wow, i never suspected that--bird are so fun in what they do!
Note: each of the white feathers of his collar have been meticulously trimmed and groomed by him, as well as the long plumes, which were once full feathers that were trimmed to be long shafted ornamental plumes one at a time by that bird.
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Feb 17, 2013 - 03:10pm PT
Ron, I must say that I am very impressed with your skills. You obviously are a meticulous artisan.

I'm not been particularly interested in specimens I've seen in the past, but I realize that I've mainly seen poorly done work.

Through this thread, I've gained an appreciation for the various steps involved, all of which are artistic in nature.

You haven't talked about it a lot, but you must give considerable thought to the "pose" that will be involved, before you even start working. I'll bet you dream about it!

you are clearly a master of your skill.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 17, 2013 - 03:39pm PT
Thanks Neebs, and Ken!


Thoughts of posing? Yes, its frequently on my mind when getting another project started. Most of the time, this is discussed with the clients as they usually have some idea or preference. Then , through a bit of transmogrification, we arrive at "the look" and pose. I have many things in my head that ive seen in flat art magazines, or nature photos , or simply ideas. These influence what i will suggest to the customer from time to time.

When mounting, the expression of the animal bird or even fish must match the action or nuance of the pose. For instance, the african lion being posed in a calm regal fashion, had to have the eye set a bit "lazy" or heavy lids to the top of the eyes to achieve a "quiet confidence" sort of mood.. Even ear pose in animals reflects their mood.

On the bobkitty, her ears are forward and somewhat alert- as she will be looking at a mouse held down by the tail from her front right paw, and the eyes are focused on that exact spot. So Yes, all these things are factored in for each type of pose.

This all involves a never ending study of reference, and using such as you mount. Its nearly impossible to memorize every look of every critter- so you always refresh your mind by viewing some reference. ALL manikins that are made commercially have flaws, miss shape from hot removals out of forms., and symmetry problems as well as lacking in many facial features.
It is through reference that we know how to adjust these manikins for each specimen. One size never fits all, as animals ,, each and every, are unique to themselves,, just like US.. In addition, makers of these manikins tend to over build all the muscle structures which looks cool on the manikin, yet arent even close to what was skinned, so carcass references and anatomical studies have to be another ingredient. The work you see that "just doesnt look good, or right", is often mounted on these manikins as is, with out the extra effort to properly size, and just and add with clays and other techniques because they fear clay work and make it much harder than it really is.

So Yes Ken, theres much thought about it,, but after forty some years doing it, i thankfully no longer dream about such things. Instead i just loose sleep thinking on them lol!


Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 17, 2013 - 03:50pm PT
Then,, we think on the HABITAT..This is the number one area of weakness for many taxidermists. Things like odd tight wads of artificial grass poking magically out of solid rock etc are common place.

There are many things that are considered in GOOD habitats. Some can be art, and interpretive, while others attempt to artistically mimic nature in exactness. Floral composition rules were brought to the industry be a friend and fellow taxidermist, Stephan Savides. A composition genius. Heaven , man , and earth philosophies, off centered subjects,,positive an negative space, color co-ordination, odd numbers are just some of the aspects of well done habitats. I once did a small bufflehead drake piece- he was standing on snow covered ice at the edge of water, and i mixed the resin hot to kick off more quickly, the spent an hour or two total, with an airbrush brushing in realistic wave and wind pattern in the water, including the round reaction ripples from a small round rock poking through the surface. So you have to be a nature observer of the flora and dirt as well. When you have a well done specimen on equally done habitat, it speaks for itself.
locker

Social climber
FukUville
Feb 17, 2013 - 03:56pm PT


"When mounting, the expression of the animal bird or even fish must match the action"...



I'm SURE it does...

LOL!!!...

;-)
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 17, 2013 - 04:00pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson


Garfield in all his fatness and glory..
Garfield in all his fatness and glory..
Credit: Ron Anderson



Then you get a "pet" project...These ARE the most pressured situation a taxidermist can ask for. The people being intimately familiar with their departed pets. each one ive ever done was easily the most worrisome. They all come with many pictures for reference and they always want a very specific pose, EXACTLY DUPLICATED, nary a whisker out of place.

NO PRESSURE THERE EH! Most taxidermists wont even accept them, but they will send them to me. (sigh).. Yes this is a we weird - even for a long time dermist. Not because they want to have their pet mounted, but the fact it was a pet. I stress over these and so far, the reactions have been very positive.

Ol "Garfield" in the pic was one of these such projects. The manikin was carved directly from his body, then a HUGE layer of mache and clays were added to compensate for three inches of fat that was removes from the skin- 3 inches!!! every where.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 17, 2013 - 04:02pm PT
Hey,, if you guys see a taxidermy mounts for sale banner after clicking on this,, take a LOOK at those ROFLMAO!!!


And they actually want money for them !!
locker

Social climber
FukUville
Feb 17, 2013 - 04:03pm PT


You have an ODD job...

...
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Feb 17, 2013 - 04:05pm PT
An odd job done with great skill. Beautiful artwork!
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