Posted by Craig
Ok I know this is a beginner question, I’ve mounted deer but never squirrels, and just did my first. What finish work is required on these little things? I can’t find anything online about the finish work on them.
Back brush is a huge step I think a lot of people forget. I normally put a bit of apoxie sculpt in the nose just like a deer and if the corner of the eye pulled , I fill that in too. I can usually get away with just using Yox grey for eyes, nose and inner ear. I’ll add a touch of mars red if I want to get fancy. One thing I recommend on climbing squirrels is keep the tails straight. Them big beautiful tails is how they got their name. I’ll only bend a tail to show movement or action. I’m not saying they won’t bend them climbing but as a visually pleasing mount and after studying climbing pics, the norm is straight tail, or slightly tilted left or right to flow with the body curve. Also I keep my back feet tucked up, I just think it fits the pose better. He’s using them feet to balance himself so my preference is to see them being used to grip and hold his weight. I’ll show you a pic so you can see what I mean. This is just how I do it, in a way that I see to be appealing to me. Squirrels have been my favorite for a long time, they’re tedious but every time someone picks one up, it just makes them smile~ Scott Klassen ~