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October Means Spooky Fun!

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 3, 2014, 7:10 AM
Beware my slowness in replying!!!!
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Hello to all!
From ghastly ghouls to creepy critters!

I have arisen from the hiatus to bring forth a couple of fun things!

First.
How many of you would be interested in a little contest?
It has been far too long since I did one of these, and I completely miss holding them!

THE SUBJECT:
My lion-faced, fiery beast known as Bones.
Eternal Sun by MorRokko Bento Box Now Featuring Fu's by Zhon
Main aspects of Bones are: 

:bulletwhite:Boxy lion-like face
:bulletorange:Big eyebrow ridges (may or may not contain the swirl effect)
:bulletyellow:Horns (they are actually almost like a gemsbok horn, but only have one or two rings)
:bulletwhite:Pointy antelope-like ears
:bulletorange:Glowing yellow pupil-less orbs for eyes
:bulletyellow:Righteous mane (like a lion, that stops at the shoulders but trails down the spine and chest)
:bulletwhite:Flagged tail (almost like a golden retriever)
:bulletorange:Spiral/pinwheel wings emanating from his shoulders, and quite possibly his hips (hips are optional, but if present, generally a little smaller)
:bulletyellow: (Optional) Bones is often seen with a skull of predatory nature.


THE RULES:

:bulletblack: Any type of 2-D visual media can be used! If you excel at traditional paper and pen, go for it! Or if you do digital very well, by all means that is welcome!
:bulletblack: A maximum of TWO entries per person
:bulletblack: The entries should be presented in a clean state (meaning no stick figure scribbles, or colouring that resembles any age under 5yrs) 
:bulletblack: THE THEME IS HALLOWEEN! Put Bones in something festive! Cutesy Halloween costume holding a bucket of candy? SURE! The beast viciously running amongst a pack of werewolves? Go for it! I only ask that we all keep this contest at a rating of PG-13. 
:bulletblack: Please, no art that resembles any kind of personal/global/social hate. This is supposed to be a fun event for everybody. Any art that portrays this is subject to disqualification.
:bulletblack: HAVE FUN! This is an event to get your creativity flowing and show your love for the spookiest holiday of them all!

THE PRIZES:

There will be 3 placing winners of the contest! These winners get CUSTOM COMMISSIONS from me! And who doesn't love free commissions?

1ST PLACE: Receives a LARGE spooky art doll, ranging 12"-24" - Features a bobcat or fox sized skull for a face, real pelt for the body, and sculpted paws. Of the same caliber as these guys: Little Skullbeasts! by Zhon

2ND PLACE: Receives a Medium spooky art doll - Of the same caliber of the ones mentioned above, but in the 6"-12" range. (same, but half the size. Skull size of a raccoon or a mink)

3RD PLACE: Receives  a small spooky art doll - Same caliber of work as the larger ones, but stands in the 4"-8" range. (skull size of a muskrat or mink)

IF A WINNER(S) SHOULD NOT WANT THEIR PRIZE COMMISSION TO BE AN ART DOLL, I DO OFFER CREDIT OF THE VALUE OF THE ART DOLL TOWARDS ANY COMMISSION. (this means if you have been waiting for a plush, taxidermy, or jewelry commission, you can use these credits towards those! Kindof like a gift card to my workshop!)
1ST- $250 credit
2ND - $150 credit
3RD - 100 credit

DUE DATE:
October 31st! ---MIDNIGHT!   (PST)

At 12:01 PST of November 1st, the contest will be closed. 

TO SUBMIT: 
All you need to do is write me a note, post a link, or comment!

The Judging will be based on overall creativity.

Winners will be announced shortly thereafter!

ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO ASK!


EDIT:
I realized that a lot of my followers are outside the USA. And I realized that I cannot ship art dolls containing wildlife parts out of my country. For my international contestants, I offer a cast skull/synthetic fur substitute so your prize is customs friendly!

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CURRENT ENTRIES:

:iconlyrak: -  The New Pumpkin King by Lyrak
:icondragontrap: Soul Collector by dragontrap
:iconickydog: Bones the Ghostbuster (contest entry) by IckyDog

:icontaiomega: Contest Bones by TaiOMega
:iconknuxtiger4: .:Contest- Mobilize:. by Knuxtiger4 
:iconrumfiish: Raaaaage by Rumfiish
:iconzaphiraiSpooky(?not) Halloween Entry by zaphirai
:iconvonredwing: Blood Moon by VonRedwing

We are halfway to Halloween!
Let's see more of these wonderful entries!
:D

Thanks for Stoppin' By!
:iconzhon:
FAQ!!! zhon.deviantart.com/journal/15…
  • Listening to: Starset
  • Watching: Vikings Season 2

Helping a Fellow Artist

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 9, 2014, 6:32 AM
Beware my slowness in replying!!!!
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Hello all!

I wanted to pass on some news!
Everyone who has been to a Renaissance Festival possibly knows about the brilliant fantasy puppets created by Rob over at The Midsummer Knight's Dream?

Well, like a small handful of artists I know, he has fallen on hard times, and needs to raise some money so he is not financially crippled.


He takes custom work and commissions, as well as has a few items available in his Etsy, which can be found here: www.etsy.com/shop/Gaffanon/sol…

Don't let the prices of some of his bigger creative works scare you, he does really awesome baby griffins/dragons and even WOLVES!
A ton of the stuff he makes is all custom! So if you want an owl, mouse, alligator, or even your own personal character, he can make it happen!


Check out this cute wolf! www.etsy.com/transaction/16621…?
I personally love the little cats! www.etsy.com/transaction/17107…?


I have seen so many great creations and sculpts come from him!
Heck, do a DeviantArt search for "Woodbaby Puppet" And you will see a lot of his work! Animals and mythical beasts of every nature!

I highly recommend his work to any collector, enthusiast, or even someone looking for a little One-Of-A-Kind creation!
Do what you can, or at least Share this with everyone you know!

On the upside... getting your friend's favourite animal done as a shoulder puppet would be a GREAT gift for the upcoming holidays!

Nocturnus by gaffanon Winged Horse 2 by gaffanon Lion by gaffanon

Thanks for Stoppin' By!
:iconzhon:
FAQ!!! zhon.deviantart.com/journal/15…
  • Listening to: The sound of deafening silence
Commission Madness by Zhon
Commission Madness
Here is a sneak peek into what I have been up to!
All of this, (plus two others not shown) will meet their completion date of Halloween!

I am still working on some airbrushing, but need to do some sculpt touchups on teeth and forms.

:)
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Skorgi Pair by Zhon
Skorgi Pair
Gah... One more photo!
(these two were squabbling over camera face-time)

These are twin Skorgi skull creatures! 
Larissa is the pale-face, and Nereid is has the facial markings.

Cute little skittery critters, always clacking away at your heartstrings!

The twins will be first available to the people who find me at Dragoncon. If they have not been adopted and return, they will be available here!
Larissa and Nereid have the body base of a kitt fox with grey fox skulls.
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Eris the Skweasel by Zhon
Eris the Skweasel
A lot of people wanted to see more of Eris!

So here he is, striking his cuddly, excited, doofus expression for the camera (I told him to look majestic... but he can't help but stick out his tongue and cross his eyes...)

Eris will be first available to the people who find me at Dragoncon. If he has not been adopted and returns, he will be available here!

He is a fully poseable plush (as with all skully critters, pose them with care. Their emaciated looking faces are actually fragile)
Eris's body base is that of a jaguar phase mink with a mink skull.
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Helping a Fellow Artist

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 9, 2014, 6:32 AM
Beware my slowness in replying!!!!
.
.

Hello all!

I wanted to pass on some news!
Everyone who has been to a Renaissance Festival possibly knows about the brilliant fantasy puppets created by Rob over at The Midsummer Knight's Dream?

Well, like a small handful of artists I know, he has fallen on hard times, and needs to raise some money so he is not financially crippled.


He takes custom work and commissions, as well as has a few items available in his Etsy, which can be found here: www.etsy.com/shop/Gaffanon/sol…

Don't let the prices of some of his bigger creative works scare you, he does really awesome baby griffins/dragons and even WOLVES!
A ton of the stuff he makes is all custom! So if you want an owl, mouse, alligator, or even your own personal character, he can make it happen!


Check out this cute wolf! www.etsy.com/transaction/16621…?
I personally love the little cats! www.etsy.com/transaction/17107…?


I have seen so many great creations and sculpts come from him!
Heck, do a DeviantArt search for "Woodbaby Puppet" And you will see a lot of his work! Animals and mythical beasts of every nature!

I highly recommend his work to any collector, enthusiast, or even someone looking for a little One-Of-A-Kind creation!
Do what you can, or at least Share this with everyone you know!

On the upside... getting your friend's favourite animal done as a shoulder puppet would be a GREAT gift for the upcoming holidays!

Nocturnus by gaffanon Winged Horse 2 by gaffanon Lion by gaffanon

Thanks for Stoppin' By!
:iconzhon:
FAQ!!! zhon.deviantart.com/journal/15…
  • Listening to: The sound of deafening silence

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Current Residence: In a galaxy far far away...
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Print preference: Matte
Favourite genre of music: Mainly Hard Rock/Metal
Operating System: Organic... With living guts...
MP3 player of choice: my Ipod
Shell of choice: Metallic... 4-door...sports sedan!
Wallpaper of choice: What Wallpaper? *stares at a wall full of taxidermy/skins*
Skin of choice: Mine... That's why I have it! Though kitten pelts work too!
Personal Quote: "Wait....WHAT?!?!"
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forgetSanity Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ur work is just fabulouse. Do u take fursuit commissions?
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Edited Sep 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hey Zhon! The dragon DIY-Kit is now available. Wanted to let you know :)Big Dragon DIY-Kit by LimitlessEndeavours
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LunaricSun Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
I have to admit, I am not huge into taxidermy, but your work is absolutely beautiful. I cannot wait to see your future projects.
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Zhon Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)
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HearseGurl Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014   Photographer
I have a friend I am heading your way. :D
You are the taxidermist I have known the longest and she wants to learn more and find more taxidermists. :D
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