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littlestwarrior said: Is Moscow Hide and Fur good for just wallhanger / collection pelts?

Yes.  For wallhanger or just general collection purposes I can say that they are good for that.  I used to have hides I just had as collection piece from them and that I can say they are tanned up nicely.  Its just anything they label as taxidermy quality is iffy.  Its basically the luck of the draw as I put it.

In regards to tanneries, I use hideandfur. They've always been extremely reliable.

If its Moscow Fur and Hide, I’ve personally haven’t really used them myself.  I have however have heard mixed reviews from people who have bought pelts from them including myself.  I know a few times I purchased “taxidermy quality” hides from them that they really were poorly prepped for taxidermy.  Other times people have been lucky with getting hides that worked out.

I’ve heard a lot of things from that they really don’t prep the the hides to other stuff and thus why I really don’t use them.

I’ve been using Wildlife Gallery for my taxidermy quality animals and haven’t had an issue with.  Tubari I send my wallhanger pelts to which I’ve been satisfied with them so far and that they are local around here.  Some other tanneries I’ve heard are good are Sivko (I’ve purchased from them before), Wilderness East End and I believe H&H Fur Dressing as well.  If you folks know of some other that are great tanneries, that would be awesome to add!

I will also mention to those buy pelts that I would avoid East Coast Tannery for taxidermy quality stuff.  I had a ranch fox ruined by them, I had that settled but I’ve heard from other taxidermist in my association having issues with hides they got from them.


Wish I’d taken more “before” photos of the ‘Grand Elk’, but for the record, he arrived to me in such bad condition that I wasn’t even sure if a restoration was possible.

He was caked in bird crap, coated in dust, and had chunks of his ears, nose, and chin leather missing as the result of dry rot. I had to cut piece off of a different old mount (bottom photo) which was brought in by the same customer, and patch them meticulously onto the Grand, re-paint the eyes, ears, and nose, and clay in the eyes and lips because the plaster the original taxidermist used was crumbling apart at every touch. 



Here’s a handy dandy color reference chart for you artists, writers, or any one else who needs it! Inspired by this post x

"As always, we must remember to delineate the various shades of red, vital to the plot as they are." ~Adam Cadre


The tutorial of how I achieve watercolor effect in Sai! :) I highly recommend using real watercolor paintings (your own or ones found on the internet) as reference.

And here you can find a few useful links: 

  1. You can download the Sai file of this picture here: link 
  2. Video process of painting another picture: link
  3. The old watercolor tutorial: link
  4. Sai brushes (none of them is made by me) link + file you need to open them in Sai: link
  5. Awesome watercolor brushes made by Kyle T Webster: link

Here’s the finished painting: link





no seriously this is one of the best things ever

must reblawg every time its on the dash

Hedgehog Update: She still hates me.

Pet sitting our friend’s hedgehog who’s name is Holly.  Holly apparently has a rather not so nice attitude.  She doesn’t like be held, she start growling and trying to jab you when picked up that she need to be handled with a towel and gloves.  Honestly not sure WHY she does that since I know little about outside the instructions we were give to care for her.

I have been letting her out of her cage for a few hours a day to roam and can say that she’s gotten a little more adventurous now at least.  She still curls up if I speak too loud or get up to move her or touch her.

For the love that is dragons…

If I give you a dragon on Flight Rising, its because its a pretty dragon that I don’t want to auction off and rather see someone I know have it and instead of being up for auction and then being exalted like the last several times that happened (people have actually exalted several of my double gene dragons, its crazy).

Please…please don’t exalt dragons I give you guys?  If you don’t want them you can decline the offer or just tell me instead of accepting it and THEN EXALTING IT.  Hell if you don’t want it, I’ll even take it back just to make sure it doesn’t get exalted!

That concludes a friendly message from your local dragon hoarder.







The meetingggg

I swear this was the best thing that’s ever happened to me. 

"I’ve been looking at you through a screen and now you’re right here in front of me" 😭😭😭

I am reblogging this again from you because nobody understands how important that statement was. I said it because it is one of the most unbelievable feelings and there is nothing that could have prepared me for what that was going to feel like. 

I know the feeling and I agree it’s one of the best feelings ever. Finally seeing them.

THIS is why distance is worth the wait. THIS RIGHT HERE.


Get back here and be ruthlessly consumed like the rest of us, pardner, or are you not meat enough?