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Open Question for dA Taxidermists- normal and soft by ksheridan Open Question for dA Taxidermists- normal and soft by ksheridan
So this is Bob. I got him today from Ebay as shop cleanout ready-to-rug coyote, and every piece of that ensemble had Bob written on it in pen. He is tanned and flexible, and his fur is "alright". Not quite premium but certainly not terrible either.

So my somewhat long-winded question to all dA taxidermists is:
Due to money and time constraints, I usually don't get too many cheap critters that aren't tanned explicitly for traditional taxidermy mounts. I was considering either rugging or plushing him. However, this isn't a simple "which should I do to this single critter" question: I'm curious as to which method will be more valuable in the long run, and I do intend to try both in the future. I have completed traditional pedestal mounts and lifesizes so I have a good grasp on the process, and if this coyote was prepared in a different way I probably would have made a traditional lifesize.

So which method sells more readily for coyote? Obviously my first rug or plush isn't going to be awesome but lets assume this is the first in a series leading to something sellable. I just find it hard to imagine there is a decent market for coyote rugs, and clearly there's a level of skill necessary before soft mounts are marketable either, but maybe you know better. If this was YOUR coyote, what would you do and WHY? It's really the 'why' that I'm curious about here. And for anyone who is just a fan and doesn't do taxidermy, would you be more likely to buy a coyote rug or plush, and why?

And of course, there's a good reason I'm asking here instead of taxi.net where plushies are teh evulz. ;)

and if for whatever reason you don't want your answer public, note me instead.


EDIT: I have decided based on many responses that Rug would be the best method for Bob. After some work on him today I think he definitely is not ideal for a soft mount. In the future I'd like to do a soft mount and I welcome any opinions, suggestions or recommendations.
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FlashbackPractice Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It all depends on who your market is. I'd say on DA plushes sell super fast where as in the 'real world' most people wouldn't want one. However, hardmount taxidermy sells for more and has a MUCH wider market. Skills in traditional taxidermy will actually give you a JOB as opposed to a hobby.
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ksheridan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
True. I already do traditional taxidermy primarily. This guy isn't suitable for a lifesize mount though. :)
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Knuxtiger4 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Personally from an artist perspective, I would go rugged. As *CindarellaPop put it, it would make for a good portfolio piece upon completion if you are trying to build up a business that has taxidermy involved. I actually finished my portfolio for college and included my taxidermy works along with my other fine arts pieces. I did include my soft mounts in it because majority were commissions which are good to have in a portfolio to show you have sold your works in the past. I also had tons of my personal taxidermy projects, including most of my traditional and rogue taxidermy items since I wanted to show off all the things I've done with taxidermy so far. I'm actually going to be updating it again in fall with the additional taxidermy projects I have on my plate.

From my standpoint, rugged because even if your don't sell it, its good to have some of your works on hand in case you do need to bring or show examples to a client. For selling purpose, a soft mount would faster than a rug on deviantART but I do notice that the ones that sell tend to be below the actual cost and labor that goes into one. Example a nicely done ranch fox that would fetch $500 to $600 soft mounted only sells for $300 to $400. Now if you were selling it on Craiglist, eBay or taxi.net, the rug would definitely have a better chance on selling.

Really its up to you on what you plan on doing. c: Either way I will look forward to see it.
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ksheridan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the helpful comment.

I've been leaning more towards rugged as the well thought-out comments come in. Bringing it around if it turns out well is a really good idea, and it's definitely easier to fold up a rug than lug around a giant soft mount.
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Knuxtiger4 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
No problem. ouo

And I'll have to agree with you on moving the rug around, it would be ten times easier to fold up rather than lugging a soft mount around if you needed to bring it somewhere.
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nightmarewolf199 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist
Well, in my opinion I would do a soft mount if I wanted/needed the money at the specific time.. I do prefer the traditional mount because I feel it is more respectable to the creature jmo. If you did a traditional mount it would cost more to ship and it seems less people will readily buy a traditional mount.(sad but true)
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ksheridan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the thoughtful comment. This guy isn't prepped well for a traditional mount anyway, but it would probably take just as much sewing for a soft mount... :(
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nightmarewolf199 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist
Well, I wish you luck in whatever method you choose nonetheless. I'm hoping to get my butt started on a mount soon also (I've been waiting for at least 2 years to start)
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ShadiSin Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
I would love to say rugged, but that's just not how things work today unfortunately..

Plushed would be your best bet, no doubt without it.
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Koeskull Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I say rug cause plushies are teh evulz. Haha kidding, but in my opinion plushies usually just look bad.. they're legs are floppy and it all just looks strange and anatomically incorrect. But people buy them cause they're soft and fluffy I guess... (I've never done taxidermy, though I want to) Honestly if you've never done either I'd think a rug would probably be much easier.
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