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WATERFOWL PHOTO REFERENCE STUDY

WATERFOWL PHOTO REFERENCE STUDY

Redheads go by many names, including red-headed ducks and red-headed pochards or diving ducks. This waterfowl is easily distinguished from other ducks by a male’s copper-colored head and bright blue bill. Ring-necked ducks look similar to redheads at a distance, but they have darker backs than redheads, with a white spur on their sides that redheads lack. Canvasbacks...
June 17, 2022 0 Comments
FOUL-UPS, BLEEPS, AND BLUNDERS

FOUL-UPS, BLEEPS, AND BLUNDERS

Taxidermy is something that everybody who gets involved in it will make mistakes. I’m not referring to the actual taxidermy process alone, but anything you do that is related to taxidermy. I’m going to touch on things where I have personally messed up, or things other people have told me about or showed me. Some of the foul-ups can be funny and some are...
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PAINTING A SMALLMOUTH BASS REPRODUCTION

The main difference between painting a skin-mounted fish and a replica or carving is the real fish skin has the natural markings to follow so you need to apply the colors lighter than with a replica. On a replica, you need to use good reference to create the markings as close to the real thing as possible. One trick I have used over the years is to use the skin from a real...
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12th Open European Taxidermy Championship • HungExpo • Budapest, Hungary

12th Open European Taxidermy Championship • HungExpo • Budapest, Hungary

12th Open European Taxidermy Championship • HungExpo • Budapest, Hungary  Held in conjunction with One With Nature World of hunting and Nature World Exhibition, Sep. 25–Oct. 14, 2021 To subscribe or renew, visit www.breakthroughmagazine.com or call 800-783-7266.
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Photo Reference: American Alligators

Photo Reference: American Alligators

I have lived my entire life in Louisiana, and regularly have alligators in our pond and on occasion in our back yard. In my state if you live near a river, creek, or for that matter, a large ditch, pond, or swamp of any size, you will sooner or later will see an alligator. In the southern half of...
January 19, 2022 0 Comments
Maximize Your Profit with Custom-Built Habitats

Maximize Your Profit with Custom-Built Habitats

There are for animal mounts—a bobcat, a rainbow trout, a drake pintail, and a whitetail deer, all perfectly preserved to their natural state. One thing remains before sending these critters off to clients: adding a natural habitat. Realist rocks resembling their former stomping (or swimming)...
January 19, 2022 0 Comments
Painting a White Crappie, Skin-Mount or Replica

Painting a White Crappie, Skin-Mount or Replica

White crappie are fun and popular fish to paint. The secret to painting a crappie is to apply layers of pearls, silver, and shimmer colors on top of each other to give the reflective effect that is desired. The...
Bobcat Heads, Part 4

Bobcat Heads, Part 4

Eyes must convey the attitude depicted by the body, as well as each expressive part of its face, neck height, and tail position. In the minds of some artists, they first envision the eye expression they want to...
Breakthrough Award Winners from 2021

Breakthrough Award Winners from 2021

The highest award an entry can receive at a state or national competition is Judges’ Choice Best of Show. Breakthrough is honoring this top achievement with the Breakthrough Award for Judges’ Choice...
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