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Not Elk by carpetsharkfreak Not Elk by carpetsharkfreak
An elk skull I cleaned and painted. She's very near and dear to me these days. No one ever sees the negative hoof-print on her forehead...its actual size.
PLEASE LOOK, don't take this image is not stock, you don't have permision to reference or retouch it.

*EDIT:* it has come to my clear attention that this is NOT an elk. I am a little disappointed, yes, but relieved too. I always assumed that the skull I found in the wild was poached and dumped because of the curious location that I found it in. However, it is apparently bovine. After the confirmation from three separate hunters that this was indeed elk, stronger evidence proves otherwise. At least I can rest assured that she is legal to own, now. 
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duckgirl34 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I was gonna ask if you were sure it wasn't a cow skull... Looked too much like one to me to be an elk!

But I love what you did to this!
It looks absolutely amazing!
The hoof is my favorite part!
(I saw it first off! ;) )
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
thanks!!
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Falconsong Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
This isn't an elk skull, it's a cow skull (as in bovine, not as in "female elk/cow elk").  Elk and others in the deer family have an open area at the top of their nasal passages right under the eye socket, which this one lacks. Cows are also bulkier, wider, whereas elks are longer in the nose and slimmer. Cow vs Elk comparison (my skulls- cow on left, elk on right): sta.sh/029myx1kyvy Another angle, cow in back, elk in front: sta.sh/01rulgt470e3
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, wow! I was told by a couple hunters that this was an elk, I assumed that they would know better than I. However, I believe you are correct. The comparison is quite clear in showing the differences. The place where I found the skull was near an elk preserve, so I assumed (after asking a couple hunters) that she was probably poached and dumped. The dump site is still a little suspicious to me, maybe even more so now that it is not an elk. The skull was quite apparently hidden, and there were not other remains near it. Just a head. 
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Whtcrow Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the simple elegance of this!
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RAMENmanga-ka Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
What state do you live in to get a skull like this? o-o
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I found this hiking on the Oregon Coast
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RAMENmanga-ka Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
So cool T___T Living in the LA County, we don't get this. The best I found was a full rabbit skull, but my mum wouldn't let me take it home >:/
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
whaaaaaat Grump you shoulda snuck it! Sneak it next time I guess xD Every enviroment has its own treasures, you just have to know where to look, a dog helps with sniffing them out!
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RAMENmanga-ka Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
I wish we were allowed to have a dog >_> lol
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Hesperida Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
great idea ^^
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thanks!:happybounce: 
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HAO0o Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
what if..............you paint it rainbow colours?
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That would be a sight....:)
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sailor-spatula Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok gotta say, I totally saw the hoof print. This is seriously amazing.
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thank you! :peace:
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sailor-spatula Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome.
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Scheifen Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a deer skull that I should totally do something similar with! 

Thanks for the inspiration! 
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! if you post it on DA send me a note or something so I can see it :D (Big Grin) 
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LuxDani Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, I love the simplicity of the black and white.
I have a canine skull (unsure of what it is exactly, thinking it may have belongs to a poor abandoned dog that was left in the forest) that I have been wanting to paint, but have been so unsure. This is excellent inspiration. :)
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Could be a coyote! I'm cleaning a couple coyote pup skulls at the moment. Badger skulls also look a lot like dogs. I hope it wasn't somebodies lost pet, that would be so sad No, I disagree! 
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LuxDani Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Originally my uncle (who gave it to me, he found it) thought it was a young bear skull, since it was surrounded with tufts of black bear-like fur, but after comparing it to other bear skulls, I have a strong feeling that is isn't. Perhaps it is a coyote. :)
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PiuPiu-Littlebird Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice :clap:
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ButterflyDragon99 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
oh my god Clap  so pretty. well done Clap 
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thanks yuh! Autumn Rainbow Bounce 
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ButterflyDragon99 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
you are welcome :3
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ChaneenPera Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
omg i love love love this. it is amazing! i wish it was for sale, i would totally buy it. it is gorgeous!! great job
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thanks so much! haha, I actually can't legally sell it Wink/Razz but even if I could, I'm too attached to this one to part with her! 
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ChaneenPera Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
oh i totally understand. its gorgeous, i have been thinking about it for days now. If you are ever able to or willing to sell them, please oh please let me know, i would love to be one of your first customers. thanks!
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I actually am! I have a badger, opposum, and a one horned bull (with no horn case) that are cleaned and ready to be comissioned right now. This finished deer is for sale: fav.me/d6qohv9 I also have 11 more bulls (lots with BIG horns and cases) that are REALLY close to being ready for cleaning and comissioning if you're patient! If you're interested, note me and I can send you pictures of any of the skulls you might be interested in. i can do pretty much whatever you want on them, or you can give me a rough idea and let my artistic-heart run wild! :happybounce:
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Plopomon Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow! Seriously cool! I dont see why anyone would want to retouch it, looks pretty perfect to me the way it is now! Does she have a name?
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I don't call her by name, I feel like if she had one I could never comprehend it. But I have dreamed about her before. Once I dreamed that her head was re-fleshed and hanging in front of me in bed,she whispered something to me, but sadly I could not make it out and immediately woke up. The second time, I dreampt that I entered an operating room holding a paintbrush, my fellow surgeons turned to me and told me that it was time to operate. When they stepped aside, I found that my patient on the table was my she-elk. The doctors encouraged me to hurry and get started, time was running out. They pushed me towards her and all I could do was shake my head and try to explain to them that I was an artist, not a surgeon. 
A friend of mine in college who is studying philosophy interprited my dreams this way: as an artist, it isn't my job to change the world--it's is, however, my job to project things the way I see them through art. This elk, I might add, was illegally poached. I found her at the dump-site, decapitated and hidden on an abandoned lumber-trail while I was out hiking. I am currently seeking permission to legally own the skull from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, because technically I should not have brought her home. There is something about the head of an animal that emboidies some kind of spirit, it is untouchable. I, as and artist, have touched it, and I don't plan on letting go :)
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Plopomon Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Spoken like a true artist! I am currently studying art at my high school (Im in year 12 now) and my art teacher speaks just like you! You also remind me of Andy Goldsworthy :) Thanks for those inspiring words!
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Yumedragonica Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it took me a second to notice it but i did see the hoof-print on the forehead. This is an amazing piece of work, i have always wanted to do something like this but i've never had a chance to get a skull. 
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm glad you saw the print! And thank you very much. It was a really fun project, if you ever get the chance, give it a shot!
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Yumedragonica Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're very welcome and i get the chance i definitely will give it a try! 
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ImaginaryHooves Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very gorgeous piece of work! I wouldn't dare draw on a skull- but you've done it perfectly
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :D (Big Grin) 
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karasta Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013   Photographer
Nifty!
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! :peace:
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