One time a sweet and wonderful pet emu flung me and my friends around a street in Oregon Dragonball Z style. She is a good emu, and very beautiful.
This song speaks to my heart.
http://youtu.be/d_HRYRhsMCQ

Rest in Peace, Kua. We love and miss you very much. You were such a sweet, funny, good hen.
Kua, Golden Buff hen, May 9th 2011 - July 14th 2014

Here’s a few photos I received of the Philippine Eagle mask I made being worn! Base is by http://freakhoundstudios.com/ , I did sculpting/modifying/finishing work.

Thanks to my friend Byzil for sending these to me!

i'm sure you've been asked this a plentiful amount of times, so please do pardon me for asking if you have been, but are commissions open right now? /w\ i can't even find the place where one would commission you for a costume (or whatever you would prefer to call them!) right now. uwu;
Anonymous

Sort of! I actually just finished writing a quick FAQ about this because I’ve gotten a LOT of attention recently about this. Read more about my masks, and how to commission one, here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12uKp9dxlNCgshAm4e3pzgw3reS3Bm40aJDyyMtoGcKs/edit?usp=sharing

Hopefully that link works.

Last weekend I attended Anthrocon and it was pretty darn awesome. While I don’t consider myself a furry, I do enjoy realistic costumes, so I took the raptor mask I made (base/blank by: http://kierstinlapatka.tumblr.com/ ) and some gloves I put together. I ran out of time to make a tail. I figured I’d raptor around the con incognito, because it’s fun to be anonymous. Unfortunately for my planned secrecy, I was unaware that in the interim my last photoset of the raptor mask managed to accumulate around 3,000 notes on Tumblr, and the internet knew that it was mine, so there was no secrecy or anonymity. OH WELL I had fun anyhow! Let me tell you though, it’s super weird to have people come up and shout “I SAW THIS ON TUMBLR" in real life. Uhhh. Hi, Internets.

Thus, I raptored around the con and generally acted like a nuisance. The very best reactions were the ‘muggles’… people on the street. They acted like it was Disneyworld and almost everyone really loved it. My friend managed to get a photo of me peeking into a bar window. Check out the enthusiastic lady on the far right.

I even managed to bump into my eagle mask being worn around the con a few times, which was super exciting to me (the Philippines Eagle mask seen above).

All photo credit goes to my friends Byzil and Hypno.

Here is a short video. I didn’t know she was recording at first so I was holding very still so she could take a still photo. Oops. Also ignore my bad anatomy raptor wrists pose. I had just smacked Dark Natasha in the throat with my claws accidentally and was feeling a bit sheepish. (Natasha was fine, but apparently I was going for the kill. Instincts?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJLdFoQOSOg

I am thinking of naming her Kinglet, after the bird that inspired her.

Chickens are wonderful to train— they are VERY food motivated!
Show these videos to the next person that thinks that a chicken is nothing more than a brainless wad of meat.

Be sure to check out the related videos.

While I haven’t done this level of training with mine, I could easily if I put a little time into it. They offer many behaviors and will do nearly anything for a favorite treat, so it wouldn’t take long.

Raptor Mask

This is a “generic Dromaeosaur” as it is not modeled after any specific species, nor is it even slightly trying to be scientifically accurate. That said, DINOBIRD AND FEATHERS.
The resin blank that this is based on was sculpted and created by Kierstin - http://kierstinlapatka.tumblr.com/  Don’t miss out on looking at her work, because her beautiful sculpting job is the star of the show here!
I then painted it, sculpted and set teeth into it, painted acrylic half-spheres and set them for eyes, added faux fur, and feathers. This is a fully functional mask, and the wearer can see (quite well!) out of holes in front of the eyes. The jaw is articulated and fluidly moves with the wearer’s own jaw movements.

The colors and patterns were inspired by 1) Golden-Crowned Kinglets, and 2) This old art I made, http://nambroth.deviantart.com/art/Dromaeosaur-Ferns-166320439 and, 3) I had this really cool faux fur that I really, really wanted to use… and,

Her expression changes drastically depending on the angle that she looks at you from. Sometimes she looks doofy and happy, and sometimes she looks .. well, predatory.

Philippine Eagle Mask

Philippine Eagles are a long favorite of mine. When I first saw this blank from Freakhound Studios I knew I had to make this species of eagle with it! Months of work later, here it is. The base has been gently modified/resculpted to better fit this raptor, and then finished with high quality paints, epoxy, faux fur, and feathers. The eyes are acrylic half spheres and are hand painted.

The jaw is fully articulated/hinged and operates very responsively with the wearer’s own jaw movements. There is a silicone tongue inside, made by Dreamvision Creations.

To learn more about Philippine Eagles, and if you want to help, follow this link: http://www.peregrinefund.org/projects/philippine-eagle They are a critically endangered species.

(this mask is already sold)

xysciences:

The Panamanian frog is an earless frog that uses hand signals to communicate.
[Click for more interesting science facts and gifs]

Alas, they might be functionally extinct now. Certainally, they are on the threshold. Be sure to check out this article and watch the video linked within as Sir David Attenborough talks about this lovely little frog. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/sep/03/panamanian-golden-frog

xysciences:

The Panamanian frog is an earless frog that uses hand signals to communicate.

[Click for more interesting science facts and gifs]

Alas, they might be functionally extinct now. Certainally, they are on the threshold. Be sure to check out this article and watch the video linked within as Sir David Attenborough talks about this lovely little frog. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/sep/03/panamanian-golden-frog

"Hope Springs Eternal" Amur Leopard… the rarest big cat currently living on earth. They are critically endangered, with less than 40 thought to exist in the wild. Hope is waning, but there is still a chance for these beautiful cats. Hope springs eternal.If this painting sells, I plan to donate a portion of the sale price to AMUR / ALTA to help even a small amount with the conservation effortsAMUR: http://www.amur.org.uk/ALTA: http://www.altaconservation.org/If you can’t donate, don’t despair. It is hard to afford it, I understand. Even just raising awareness helps endangered species. The more people that care, or even are aware, the better the chance something can be done.8” x 10” Acrylic on board.A very special thanks goes out to Wade Tregaskis, who kindly gave permission for me to use his photo as an inspiration/reference for this painting.https://www.flickr.com/photos/wadetregaskis/8881089469Many thanks to him.

"Hope Springs Eternal"
Amur Leopard… the rarest big cat currently living on earth. They are critically endangered, with less than 40 thought to exist in the wild. Hope is waning, but there is still a chance for these beautiful cats. Hope springs eternal.

If this painting sells, I plan to donate a portion of the sale price to AMUR / ALTA to help even a small amount with the conservation efforts
AMUR: http://www.amur.org.uk/
ALTA: http://www.altaconservation.org/
If you can’t donate, don’t despair. It is hard to afford it, I understand. Even just raising awareness helps endangered species. The more people that care, or even are aware, the better the chance something can be done.

8” x 10” Acrylic on board.

A very special thanks goes out to Wade Tregaskis, who kindly gave permission for me to use his photo as an inspiration/reference for this painting.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/wadetregaskis/8881089469
Many thanks to him.

Sometimes I take some pretty weird selfies.Very much still a work in progress. I still have another several days of solid work to make this look realistic. I’ll share good photos once it’s done.Philippine Eagle Mask.

Sometimes I take some pretty weird selfies.
Very much still a work in progress. I still have another several days of solid work to make this look realistic. I’ll share good photos once it’s done.
Philippine Eagle Mask.

Secretary Bird mask for sale!
I have a mask up for sale! You could totally get this in time for Anthrocon, OR (even better), I can hand deliver it to you at Anthrocon as I will be going! You could rock this costume the whole con, as I arrive on Thursday and can get it to you before the fun begins. It even comes with free gloves and a tail! It could be a nifty partial costume, ready to go.

I originally made Quillenheim the secretary bird mask as a gift. The person that got recently traded with me for something else, so I have Quill again! Honestly, I don’t need another mask (I have Vesper) and I would be lying if I said that my finances couldn’t use some help. So I am seeing if we can find him a new home! He’s only been gently worn twice, for less than 5 hours total. Used, but nearly new.
Resin blank and silicone tongue are by Crystumes!

Please see this page for a full description, photos, a video, etc: http://featherdust.storenvy.com/collections/602554-critters/products/7973130-secretary-bird-mask

I’m asking $300, which is an enormous discount from my mask commissions. Why? Because 1) He’s lightly used, 2) He’s a prototype (but not a bad one!) and 3) Money is tight! If any of you have priced NFT fur (which is what he is made with) you will know I am barely breaking even on construction materials. I just want him to find a good home and not gather dust here.

Thanks for looking! :)

Derperella sketch. She’s something, all right.

Derperella sketch. She’s something, all right.

"Nothing Gold Can Stay"Another portrait of a Maned Wolf. These often misunderstood animals are not wolves, and aren’t even closely related to any other existing canine species. This species is listed as vulnerable (hence the play of words in the title) and is increasingly uncommon in the wild.I had some 23k gold leaf left over from a project years ago, and applied it onto this painting, so it is genuine gold! It looks rather flat on this scan but it is lovely in person.5” x 7” Acrylic on board.

"Nothing Gold Can Stay"
Another portrait of a Maned Wolf. These often misunderstood animals are not wolves, and aren’t even closely related to any other existing canine species. This species is listed as vulnerable (hence the play of words in the title) and is increasingly uncommon in the wild.

I had some 23k gold leaf left over from a project years ago, and applied it onto this painting, so it is genuine gold! It looks rather flat on this scan but it is lovely in person.

5” x 7” Acrylic on board.

nambroth:

Brooklyn understandably seems pensive as the phoenix engulfs him in his Timedance; he doesn’t know when or if he will see his home and clan again. This is canon, check out the comics that continue the story if you haven’t had a chance yet. :) Painted in Corel Painter, mostly oil pastel brush.  Brooklyn from Gargoyles is not my creation, and all ownership remains with copyright holders (at this time it is Disney). So Gargoyles was and is my favorite show ever. It was the single largest influence on my art when I decided I wanted to be an artist as a teenager (Ecco was the biggest inspiration). I didn’t have the internet yet. When I did… It was the first community I was part of when I got online for the fist time in 1996. Brooklyn is my favorite of the main characters (Manhattan clan/crew).… I feel like I’m 17 again help

Guys I just realized that Gargoyles is 20 years old this year.AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH(won’t stop loving it)

nambroth:

Brooklyn understandably seems pensive as the phoenix engulfs him in his Timedance; he doesn’t know when or if he will see his home and clan again.

This is canon, check out the comics that continue the story if you haven’t had a chance yet. :)

Painted in Corel Painter, mostly oil pastel brush.
Brooklyn from Gargoyles is not my creation, and all ownership remains with copyright holders (at this time it is Disney).

So
Gargoyles was and is my favorite show ever.
It was the single largest influence on my art when I decided I wanted to be an artist as a teenager (Ecco was the biggest inspiration). I didn’t have the internet yet. When I did…
It was the first community I was part of when I got online for the fist time in 1996.
Brooklyn is my favorite of the main characters (Manhattan clan/crew).

… I feel like I’m 17 again help

Guys I just realized that Gargoyles is 20 years old this year.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH
(won’t stop loving it)