Carved bobcat skull, set with a bone bead. India ink stain; microcrystalline wax finish; added cord with two large, old, Tibetan bone beads; jaw hinged with artificial sinew to open and close. About 5-1/5 inches long.
Yes, we did (you liked Bobcat X, and wanted something similarly feline and spirally). I made some lists to try and keep me reminded of all the people who have made inquiries and what they want, because it's too much to fit into my head, and you are on them (I just dug them out and checked). I probably need to add a list of things wanted, and who want them, and post it over my workbench.
Hey, but lots of interest and inquiries is good!!! I am not going anywhere, so please don't feel rushed in any way. Just wanted to let you know I was still happy to commission you - on your time though. After all, art should be joy and not a chore!
Yeah, I think it came out pretty well. The ribcage look came from going for supporting struts that radiated from the center but curved and tapered in an organic way, and... that ended up looking like ribs.
I get skulls from several places: The Bone Room [link] (a store in my area), taxidermists I have found on deviantART (such as Zhon and Morrokko), eBay, people (including myself) who find them in the wild, and people who get them from unknown places and have me carve them.