Since September ive been sculpting dodo parts in my increasingly sparse spare time, Ive always wanted to create a dodo recreation and Ive finally made some progress on it.
Im not really trying to make a 100% accurate museum model, even if i wanted to i don’t have access to all the refs id need to do so (like a complete skeleton) but i would like to make it as accurate as Im able.
The head i sculpted over a cast of an actual dodo skull, I used photo refs of the Oxford mummified dodo head and the painting by Ustad Mansur (widely accepted as the ONLY work painted from a living dodo)
The foot was sculpted using measurements of the bones of a dodo foot, and photo refs of the preserved Oxford dodo foot as well as refs from turkeys and doves (doves being the closet living relative)
I’ll post updates as i make progress :-)
The Skulls of various Daemon Children…
These were Halloween gifts i made for friends, the skulls are all resin casts of real skulls from my collection, the horns were hand sculpted in epoxyclay. Ive been doing a lot of experiments with silicone and pulling molds from real skulls and ive been having a bit fun/success with it. I recently acquired the complete skeleton of a 2 toed sloth and because of its rarity Im considering molding/casting the entire skeleton before i articulate it, I’ll of course post photos if and when i do :-)
Finished! that was actually a lot easier than i thought it would be, I was expecting the articulation to take a few days but alas i had a bout with insomnia last night and this was the result.
Every bone is there, even the tiny delicate hyoid bones in the back of the throat, i couldn’t find the proper reference on where they should be placed in a muskrat so i had to use canine refs, assuming the placement is similar for most mammals.
A complete, cleaned, degreased and whitened skeleton of a muskrat, hopefully ill get this guy articulated before the end of the month.
The skull of a vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) in an antique glass canning jar, I picked up that cool jar in an antique store just outside Sevierville Tennessee for $3,(without the skull of course) they had a pile of them, I wish i would have bought a few more.
A large male ostrich skull I bought from an ostrich farmer back in 2008, If you’ve never seen an ostrich in person let me just say they are BIG, seriously BIG!, most large mature ostriches have skulls that are around 7.5 - 8 inches but this guy measures in at 8.5 inches or 21.5cm, In his day this fellow must have been a monster!
Bird skulls are very delicate, even big ones like this one, one of the things that makes this skull unique ,aside from its size, is that it still has its original Sclerotic rings (the circular rings of bone in the eye sockets) even though all birds have them “because they are so delicate” its very difficult to find specimens that have them intact. An interesting thing about Sclerotic rings, some fish have them, all birds have them, some reptiles have them, and most small dinosaurs had them as well.
I aquired this little guy (a green headed tanager, Tangara seledon) and a rather beautiful South American hummingbird through an Ebay acution a few years back. Someone had acquired a PRISTINE Victorian aviary dome (something so insanely rare here in the U.S. it gives me a headache to think about what they did to it) and decided to disassemble the contents and sell the birds separately hoping to make allot of money selling to the fly-tyers (people who make feathered fishing lures, often destroying 100+ year old rare monunts in the process) when the two birds I purchased arrived they were packed loosely in a box with no packing material, the tail on this guy was crushed and one wing was completely broken off, the other bird (the South American hummingbird) was literally bashed to dust.
I managed to find all of the feathers for the tanager and with a little glue and patience piece him back together to look reasonably nice again.. He now resides in a large aviary dome I assembled using Victorian birds that were evicted from their original domes.
The very large (9.5 inches) perfect Skull of a chacma baboon (Papio ursinus), I found this skull at an estate sale about 6 years ago, the fellow who had pased away had taken several safaris in Africa back in the late 60s so im assuming he had brought this back with him, I got this guy for an amazing deal because when i found it, it was a terrible mess, it was yellow and brown and still had small bits of dried skin clinging to it so no one wanted to even touch it. I macerated the skull in warm soapy water for nearly 3 months, changing the water at least once a week finally giving it an overnight soak in peroxide and now as you can see in the photo it is a clean perfect bone white.
I just recently started a small collection of old medicine and chemical bottles, Old glass bottles are a dime a dozen but finding century old bottles with intact labeling is not all that common.
Reading the ingredients to 100 year old remedies is often amusing and somewhat frightening. Makes one wonder how silly and horrific our modern day cures will seem 100 years from now :-)
A nice old Black Bear skull (Ursus americanus) this ones just a little under 12 inches or 30cm long.