I've handled my share of Alaskan fox skulls and it's interesting how the crest varies by age and genetics. This is the first time I've taken notice of a fisher I guess. Fantastic animal and wonderful work as always.
I've carved red and gray fox skulls, and mostly noticed the difference between the two types, though no two skulls were exactly alike. I have noticed great differences in badger skulls, in proportions and texture.
Many carnivores have huge jaw muscles that make up most of the top of their heads; I don't want any of them to bite me.
I get skulls from several places: The Bone Room (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.
omg! iv never seena fisher skull before! it totolly thru me off lol. im usually pretty good and guessing the animals. i figured some king of weasle. very nice! i love the shape of the skull and the design you came up for it.
I also seem to have a feel for visualization, in both 2D and 3D, which I used in both my art and in my "day job" (for stuff like circuit board design). This lets me mentally wrap a design around a shape and see how it looks.
Well, visualization can be nice to have, but it isn't necessary; the main thing a person needs if they want to be an artist is persistance. And most things involved in doing art get better with practice (including any visualization ability).
I agree in totality, I'm not saying that I'm an awful artist or anything because of my lack of visualization skills, don't get me wrong. I was just saying how that must be neat, seeing things worked out in your mind before putting them into practice. And it really must be useful.
We had a fisher living just down the road from us. I watched it run across the pavement with a baby bird in its mouth on a few occasions. Unfortunately, it was hit by a car and it's skeleton was pretty smashed. I would have loved to have taken it. LoL
Excellent. I see you have a good fox skull already.
The large sagittal crest and wide zygomatic arch imply relatively huge jaw muscles. Though I think badgers just anchor their jaw muscles back-to-back; it's the neck muscle attachments that look huge on them, and the jaw hinges.
Hooray for Mustelids Those manic super-frantic Mustelids Wild bouncy critters full of curiosity or of ferocity At a high velocity And any weasel, with perfect ease 'll Slide in just anywhere with rare sinuosity.