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Dire Wolf Skull by DonSimpson Dire Wolf Skull by DonSimpson
This is a resin cast of a dire wolf skull. *Goldenwolf commissioned me to carve and decorate it.

The original casting was very high quality, but I did some additional texturing and some staining and other "skullness" detailing as well as doing the carving and so on. The braided leather cords with bone disks are not just decorative, but serve various practical purposes: hanging the skull up, fastening the jaw flexibly so it can open, and tying the jaw shut for travel. I gave it a bold graphic with contrasting textured background, to show at a distance, but the texture is made with little spirals and circles and angle-changing lines, that show close-up. The carved inset I made for the forehead is bone.

Photo by Goldenwolf.
Original casting by Bone Clones. [link]
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Given 2010-03-17
Dire Wolf Skull by =DonSimpson has a tribal/ritualistic feel behind it, the carvings lending itself to use by a shaman. The casting work too has been really well done and looks very convincing as a real skull. ( Featured by Thebuild )
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Broken-Civilization Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesomely amazing!

Would it be okay if I drew it, and then posted the drawing?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
As long as you say in your comments that that's what you did, I have no objection. And please let me know when you post it.
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Broken-Civilization Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, thank you!
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Broken-Civilization Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel so rude, I forgot to say how beautiful and well carved it is! I love the little details you added!

Wonderful Jib keep it up!Clap  
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Broken-Civilization Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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ColubrineDeuce Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
Wow. Really cool!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Thank you. :)
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U-lsztn Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
AWESOME!!!!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Thank you. :)
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kashirarosea Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
In faves.
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FenrisMau Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Words cannot describe...
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BDSart Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Very cool !
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Thank you. :) This is my most favorited piece by far.
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miamipilot1 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
I think this is really cool. But can you answer a question or two of mine? They may be odd but it will help out a lot....

...this is totes cool.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
I can try to answer questions; just send me a note. :)
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starlightshinebright Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
wow! this is so amazing <3 :D
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UPB Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*want* It's so cool ... :)
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
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CelestialNecrofear Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
I would looooove to have this as a tattoo I can just imagine how amazing it would look . I have a question tho, Does the design carved onto the skull have a meaning or is it just for design purposes?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
I carved this for *Goldenwolf so if you want to have a tattoo made from the look of it, you will need to talk to her. The design is intended to have meaning, but that would be supplied by *Goldenwolf (who is a werewolf fan, so I carved it with that in mind).
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CelestialNecrofear Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
I see, Its gorgeous piece, Thank you for answering
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Saru-AngelicWerewolf Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
where did you get a dire wolf skull to cast?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
The skull cast was supplied by the client.

The casts are made by a company called Bone Clones [link] , and I assume they use one of preserved dire wolf skulls from the La Brea Tar Pits. [link] [link]
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Phoenix-10-16 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student Artist
Why would you kill animals just to carve their skulls?!?!!?!??!?!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
As far as I know, no-one kills animals in order to carve their skulls. Skulls for carving are from animals killed by people, or by other animals, for various other reasons, or that have died natural deaths. This Dire Wolf Skull is a plastic skull copied from a very old real skull, dug out of the LaBrea Tar Pits, of an animal that died long before humans came to North America. Indeed, dire wolves became extinct before any humans saw them; they were much larger than any modern species of wolf. I do carve actual skulls, but I would not want any animal killed just to get a carve-able skull, or any animal of an endangered species killed, or any animal killed cruelly or wantonly or needlessly.
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Phoenix-10-16 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student Artist
Okay.
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Alucard249 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it. I'm going to start doing this.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Read this first, if you haven't already: [link]
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Alucard249 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I read it.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Excellent. Go make stuff. :)
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Alucard249 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankes
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eevee-master-143 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
grr
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
:D
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eevee-master-143 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
?
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Alexoz97 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
NICE
I Want One!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Thank you. :)

It's been favorited almost 2000 times.
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Alexoz97 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
NP ;)
But How Do You Do This?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
For technical information on how I do my carvings, see: [link]

As to why people like them, that's mainly years of practice and study on my part.

And for the popularity of this particular piece... there's a lot of people on deviantART who like wolves. :D
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Alexoz97 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How Do You Do This?
It's Amazing!
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KaminskaM Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
So I am told. :)
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sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is so beautiful. Amazing detail. :)
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Thank you. :)
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q3sphinx Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
U r very talented...these r spectacular. I love this kind of art. Have any to sell because I want/need lol..wish I could get ahold of one.Very nice! peace.
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Fiddyman237 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
cool.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
:)
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DR-Studios Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
I have to ask... how much would it cost for you to do something like this again?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Currently, about $500, half of which would be for materials.
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DR-Studios Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hmm... that's kinda pricy, but it'd be worth it for the effect that goes through. Question: Would you inscribe your own ideas for glyphs, or would you be able to inscribe other glyphs provided when given a description of what they mean?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
I can design glyphs myself (which I did for the Dire Wolf Skull and the werewolf tribal fetish commissions), or use glyph art supplied or specified by the client, or design glyphs from client description and get approval on the final versions before using them.

If you are interested in commissioning something, you should send me a note (because the software DA uses makes it difficult to manage conversations on comment pages) and we can continue from there
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