Painted Bison and Hog Skull Experimentation


Howdy folks. Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted – been going through a ton of personal growth and life change which has warranted my attention. Hoping to get back into the groove of posting on here and responding to comments in a timely manner.

I feel like I’ve made some major strides in my skulls lately. When I first started painting, I had a vision of what I wanted my skulls to look like. However I struggled identifying the proper techniques to use since bone is so vastly different than canvas.

A lot of folks like to paint figures and images on their skulls. That’s fine, but it’s far from the style I’m trying to achieve. I want to provide a sense of modernity to a room without overwhelming anyone – modestly create a sense of intrigue.

So I started experimenting with a bison skull and a hog skull. I dropped the acrylic paint and started practicing with enamel based paints. Ironically I found a lot of great techniques just poking around on YouTube, searching for street artists.

Painted Bison Skull

You’ll see the bison in the gallery below and he is now complete. Bison provide an awesome skull to work with as far as their overall presence, size, etc. But this one gave me a ton of trouble in regards to odor on the horn covers (the black part of the horn slides off just like they do on some cows). This one wasn’t properly prepared and therefor I have substantial odor issues. Experimenting with baking soda and essential oils right now to see what I can do to get it back on track post-painting. Also, for those that are wondering what the black hole is in the middle of the skull, that’s caused from the bolt gun that they use at the slaughterhouses.

Painted Hog Skull

The other skull is from a hog that I picked up off a farmer for $20. Great find, very excited about experimenting more with him. I have a shameful love for neon and obnoxious colors and this was the one skull where I thought I could get away with experimenting on a really bright note. He was a huge boar, has some pretty sizeable tusks on him. I’ll eventually paint those white. I did an acrylic base and went to it with some crazy enamel on the outside. I think I want to do another round of something on him, maybe tone it down a bit, but I’m digging some elements of it. Please disregard some of the sloppiness you’ll see on the crown with paint dripping, etc. Like I said, mainly experimenting.

Anyways, just wanted to put these out there to share and hopefully inspire some of you. Feel free to ask questions! And on the off chance someone actually wants to purchase the bison skull (best for outside), then let me know either in a comment or by using the contact button.

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