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Anthro Buck Poised for Battle by RussellTuller Anthro Buck Poised for Battle by RussellTuller
Thought it was about time I drew a male deer in battle gear and wanted to draw a motion pose, for I havenít done one in awhile.

Kept with the natural theme I have going on for my Deer characters, so twigs, wood, and other natural materials abound and I added war paint for the first time here too.

I especially like the weapon concept of incorporating antlers with the tips sharpened to a point. Now before you all freak out Deer naturally shed their antlers so it is totally feasible that an anthro deer could use them to create many useful things and feel ok with it, I might even go as far to say there could be symbolism or personal attachment to the antlers as well.

Hope you all enjoy.

Mechanical and Colored Pencils as well as, Black Felt Pen on Parchment Paper.
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RichTheWolf257 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How did I not see this?
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Catigma Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OMFG! *jawdrop* This is so.. ah.. awsome is too weak for this. The detail is.. well, yet again, awsome is an understatement!
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RussellTuller Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks.
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crazygirl250 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
SO awesome, great art =D
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RussellTuller Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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lupagreenwolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow--this is beautifully done, and I love the feeling of motion in it.
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RussellTuller Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks.
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lupagreenwolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Of course :)
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Khedvu Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I really like the idea of keeping the antlers around! I mean, humans have kept relics, ornaments made of deceased relatives' hair, dried placentas... and deer would have this nice, renewable source of symbolic body parts. Great idea!

The one thing I notice (and I know it's too late to fix it, and that I do the same thing) is that the eyes are uneven. But that's the ONLY thing I see. Great job!
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RussellTuller Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.

Yeah, I guess some people just need to be a bit more open minded. When I presented a similar weapon concept (a staff with one antler, sticks, and feathers on the end) to a guy I was making concept art for awhile back he said “Anthro creatures using body parts of other anthro creatures would just be Weird” But really, I could understand body parts like arms, legs, skulls as being weird but not something naturally shed like that of an antler. But alas, people will think as they will.

Ugg, yeah it is a bit off. This being one of my first full frontal head views of a deer there was bond to be mistakes. A deer’s head in of itself is hard to anthroize correctly, at least for me anyway; their eyes being so widely spaced and large. I tend to use more humanesque eyes on my characters, for I think it better portrays intelligence and emotion then the otherwise feral eyes, as a consequence the animal eye to head proportions end up creating a small head in the end. In short I guess you could call it a hit and miss science. I need to find some part of the body to base the eye size proportions on, or something I guess.
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