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Fisher A by DonSimpson Fisher A by DonSimpson
The fisher is
somewhere between
a weasel and
a wolverine.

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Taigas-den Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I finally acquired one of these in my collection and I just fell in love with that sagittal crest! So marine <3 Omfg is this one sold?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
It was a specifically commissioned piece.
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Taigas-den Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh darn. Lovely piece! You have great work and such a wonderful style
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
My what a large crest you have!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Some critters with massive jaw muscles have them anchored to a central crest; others just anchor the jaw muscles to each other. I've no idea what the relative advantages are, if any.
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
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.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
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.
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Do badgers have captive hinge bottom jaws like wolverines? I've never had the pleasure of handling one myself but I do love the look of them.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Badgers definitely have a captive hinge on the jaw; quite impressive. And rather solid construction.
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7th-Of-The-Gods Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Wow I love your skullworks! Amazing! <3
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YikYik Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Wow, what an interesting looking skull! It must have huge jaw muscles considered how it looks like. Very nice carvings too, looks a bit dragon-ish mixed with tribal. How do you get all the skulls?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
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.
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YikYik Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Haha, that's true! :XD:

I see! I live in Sweden so I suppose maybe getting them from internet would be easiest then. :hmm: It would be cool to have a nice animal skull of some kind. :)
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Well, good luck. :)
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YikYik Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Thanx! :D
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jsmokey49 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
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.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Fishers are related to weasels.
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jsmokey49 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
yes i know :) i own a couple ferrets. its unusual to see a rarety like the fisher skull. its beautiful
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
It was specifically requested as a commission. I'd seen pictures of fishers, but I hadn't seen a fisher skull until I had to get (and carve) this one for a client (who is a ferret owner).
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Sylphxpression Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
That's beautiful. I love the way you worked with the contours.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Thank you. :) I always try to work with the contours, while keeping an over-all balance.
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Sylphxpression Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Very harmonic.
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Sylphxpression Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Very harmonic.
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Wolfie-83 Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
amazing work...do you stabilize the bone after carving?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
I try to, mostly with a wax coating.
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zetsusama23 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Hm, what inspires the patterns you use? Just another question. Another :+favlove:, by the way, your work is really well done and as everybody's saying, the patterns really do complement the skull.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
I have in my head the results of decades of seeking out and viewing the beautiful in art and nature, which gives me a certain amount of feel for pattern (I wish it were more).
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zetsusama23 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
That's pretty neat, and you certainly seem to have a great feel for pattern. Your design always follows the flow of the medium, and it definitely compliments it, especially in the case of the skulls.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
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.
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zetsusama23 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
That's neat. Really neat, actually. That must be a great help, I can't seem to visualize things very well at all.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
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).
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zetsusama23 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
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.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
Yes, it is. :)
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Raptor85 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic and really gorgoues!
i can't get enough of your fantastic skulls!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
There should be more from time to time. :)
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0ctober23 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
Very nice, the pattern complements the line of the skull so well.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
Thank you. :) Such was my plan. :D
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bonerhole Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
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
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
That sagittal crest gives it a delightfully alien look. Great piece, Don!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Thank you. :)

I've thought about making some skulls look more alien. An artist I know used to make life-sized porcelain skulls of alien animals. Those were amazing.
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KidValkirye Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, as always!!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
Thank you. :)
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Sckee Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009   Digital Artist
Interesting that you should put a fisher up now, I have a fisher skull macerating behind my house.
The sagittal crest on these guys always gets me. It's so big!

And awesome job carving it, as always...I like the swirl on the forehead and the lines leading to it, they really draw your eyes into there.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
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.
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Neato! Fisher sounds interesting too--I like weasels and wolverines.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
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.

Hooray for Mustelids!
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome! Is that off the cuff or what?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
Yes, it's off the cuff. I hope I got the scansion reasonably correct.
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think you did, because none of my 'ack, bad poetry!' alerts were going off, and that's rare.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
:)
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