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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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Toledo-the-Horse 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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mbridge1965 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Everything looks good! I saw this, and started hearing Douglas Spotted Eagle's "Closer to Far away" playing especially around 5:03

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A native American friend got me started in native American music lately :)
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RussellTuller Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.

One of the main points to any art form is to remind people of their past, transport them to another place, or simply stir their emotions, be it with love, anger, joy, or sadness, at least this is what I strive to do whenever I create a piece.

I listened to the first 2 mins of the song you linked and it sounded great, couldn’t listen to the whole thing though because of my internet providers monthly data cap. Being ĺ Native American myself, I too enjoy their music; really I am a bit of a push over for any music in foreign or ancient tongues especially Gaelic and Latin. Speaking of music, I’ve been finding many great CDs at Goodwill lately, recently picked up Yanni’s “Reflections of Passion”, “Celtic Traditions“, and Clannad’s “Lore”, which I’m listening to right now. Music is extremely powerful and inspiring to me and can always be heard outside my studio door whenever I’m working.
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mbridge1965 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
You did a grat job, of moving me into that other place, with this piece :). One reason I enjoy your works so well. I get a sense of the renaissance masters in your work, for they too transport me to that particular era.

I understand about the cap, which I don't like either. but 3/4 native american? I have no clue what my heritage is, since I was adopted myself. But I have a great deal of respect for native americans, and have said I am not happy with what happened to them in the days after Columbus arrived. I have a pure Cherokee female friend and we have spoken about this before. She doesn't harbor ill against me at lest. I also play a character on Spindizzy MU* who is pure cherokee, and I have incorporated various aspects of NA lifestyles, languages and clothing to them. (I cannot say who they are on a public forum :).

In my story framework of TerraFUR, I tried to respect and show my admiration of the Native Americans on one key aspect. I'm hoping once I get past these holidays, and the first quarter of next year I'll be able to start writing again. With my writing guild helping, I may be able to bring my visions to life finally. I'll post what I can here as well.
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CorvusCaelum Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, naturally I think this is awesome. Love the markings too.

Is the tail too high on the body? (It's a close call).
I also think the nose/ snout might need to be a tad larger as well. It seems to taper to a point too quickly.

Clothing looks well done.

Just my regular old nitpicks, but you seem to appreciate it. ;p
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RussellTuller Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.

The great thing about using color is that I can do things like color markings, war paint, and other such things which can't usually be portrayed otherwise.

I think this might very well be one of my first full on face renderings of a deer, so there was bond to be problems, I had actually considered doing another profile for this, but thought I’ve been over using that as of late. But this is all good because I can learn from my mistakes to create something perfect in the future though I think perfection in art may very well be impossible, but it’s still a good thing to strive for none the less.

I do appreciate the critiques and sometimes wish I could get more, especially on my recent adventures in coloring; such things greatly help me improve. I am after all teaching myself to draw anthros and figures in general really, alone and the fine community here on DeviantArt are the only people with art experience I can reach out to.
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