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So Often, I am asked about how I make my warthogs look so real. "How do you get the skin to look so soft and natural? How do you pull of original poses?" Well, I can only say three things —reference, reference, reference. You just cannot mount a realistic animal without knowing what it looks like. If you try, then it’s just a guess.
In the photos (below), you will see three differently colored warthogs. The biggest problem I see with mounted warthogs is they are painted just one solid color—gray with very little or no paint cleaned off the hair. As you can see, warthogs are not one solid color, but lots of lighter and darker shades of the same color. This is partly due to the color of the dirt the hogs live in. If the dirt is red, the hog will have a tendency of being on the red side and the same with darker dirt or lighter, as you can see in these pictures. In our studio we always ask the hunter to take extra pictures of their trophies to leave with us while mounting. These pictures greatly aid us on colorations or any outstanding characteristics which may help when either mounting or finishing their mounts.
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About the Author
Ron Schaefer offers full spectrum Big Game Taxidermy Services, Bronze Sculpture Services and Wildlife Drawings For Sale. Ron Schaefer, a big game Texas taxidermist, founder and artisan for Heads Above The Rest LLC® Big Game Taxidermy Studio and has been studying the fine art of molding, adjusting skin and mounting big game since 1975. He specializes mainly in life size African, North American, and European Exotics with his passion being Cats.
Heads Above The Rest LLC® Big Game Taxidermy Studio in Texas is not a large production firm. Ron Schaefer strives for low volume, accepting a limited number of clients each year, enabling him to maintain long-lasting museum-quality craftsmanship and customer care. He leads the big game taxidermy industry in higher standards and you will see a definite difference when working with Heads Above The Rest LLC® Big Game Taxidermy Studio.
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