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Taxidermy - Kingfisher by Illahie Taxidermy - Kingfisher by Illahie
It's finished! Well, almost, but finished enough for me to take the final picture and show it! It's a kingfisher, on a river bank stand. The 'box' everything is taking place in is half an inch deep, and in it is the standard river bank base materials, such as rotting leaves, mud, twigs and tiny bugs that swim around in the river. Layer upon layer of artificial water makes it look like a real happening in there! On a willow root, that stretches out and into the water sits a kingfisher, probably just after a meal since there's a droplet of water at the end of its beak, watching a tiny leaf float by, perhaps questioning if the matter is edible or not. The head is slightly tilted, so the focus on the leaf is perfect.

And here's the fun fact! The water of the river bank flows over the 'box' everything is taking place in. It's like the water is running over the edge of the stand. Sadly my camera sucks too much to really capture it, but it looks pretty darned neat in real life!

~To whom it may concern, (please read before accusing me of anything!)
This bird came from a kingfisher breeder on Urk, the Netherlands, and was legally obtained. It died of a natural cause after a happy and well-fed life. NONE of the animals I work on are killed for the purpose of taxidermy only and most are found along side the road or come from bird breeders in the area.
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Enchantedd Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
Whoa. I have never seen anything like this an any museum nor in any pictures on the internet. What an amazing concept! It looks gorgeous. So creative. Great job, as always!
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Illahie Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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Kody-Boye Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Professional Writer
I can see the water flowing over the edge, so there's no worries there. Great work, as always.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are one of the few then ;) But thanks!
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emeemo Featured By Owner May 2, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Your taxidermy is so beautifully done and brings these animals back to life, it seems. Normally taxidermy creeps me out but these animals are given respect in death. So beautifully done, and I really like this one because of the water idea ^^ Very nice.
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 3, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you!
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emeemo Featured By Owner May 3, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
^^ You're very welcome.
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BugFaucet Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
The setup is gorgeous. @_@ <3 Very well done~
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Illahie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you :) I hope it'll get me some points at the championships
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windancer53 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005
aww i love those birds! their little bodies twitch around when they peck at something. XD It makes me smile.
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styx-leagon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005   Traditional Artist
Wow, that is fantastic. Love the water effect!
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:iconillahie:
Illahie Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you! I still wish I could get a better picture of it
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only-zuul Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005
Really amazing. I love the drop of water on his beak.
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jaywuf Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005
Another great job! I'd like to see a photo from the top so I could see the water from that angle too! :)
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not so good quality.. plus you can't make out any of the water bugs.. but: [link]
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jaywuf Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005
Oh that's nice of you to show that thanks! So pretty too. Leaves and everything aww. You do great work.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you :D
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LinogeNL Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005  Professional Photographer
zo zo, bezig vandaag nietwaar ^^

blijft geweldig die werken van je :D I'm deeply impressed :worship:
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D *hugs*
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LinogeNL Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005  Professional Photographer
btw, you still bussy the 9th of July?

we got tons of animals....in Uelsen *na na naaaa* crap.....heb dat deuntje van weeble in m'n kop: KENIA ><*
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silivrenwolf Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005  Professional Photographer
WOW!! I just love how you make the water look pretty real and that its flowing over the box. hehe thats so neat! Another fantastic job ^0^/
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D thank you!
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xeNusion Featured By Owner May 23, 2005
looks quite real. good work with the water
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 23, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you :)
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xeNusion Featured By Owner May 23, 2005
once i painted a kingfisher... [link]
well its just a painting and took for sure much less time (actually just a hour) but perhaps you like it
;)
i love those birds. unfortunatly they are very seldom here. havent seen one since years
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 23, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
They fairly rare around here as well..

and oh my word.. that painting is LOVELY! I love it to bits! That texture is amazing! :D Thank you SO MUCH for linking me :)
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makothestrange Featured By Owner May 13, 2005
beautiful!!! this bird can feel proud and grateful 4 this amazing way to come to life again...

congratulations for your awesome work!!! :hug:
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 13, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's the best way to describe taxidermy I always say.. bringing things back to life again :)

Thanks for the kind comments about my work!
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silverspiritwolf Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
Yay! The kingfisher! This is wonderful! I love the whole display - I'd love to see a topview for better detail of the water and such. It still amazes me how well you do birds.
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 11, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not the best.. but still: [link]
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silverspiritwolf Featured By Owner May 11, 2005
Thanks! This is so awsome! I wish I could see it in RL x_x
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Key-FeathersMLP Featured By Owner May 6, 2005
wow Oo that is utterly stunning! you have really outdone yourself on this one, the water, the placeing of the bird *everything* looks so "alive" is beautifull (and i love the fact that you use animals that havent been hunted for such reasons). I wish i could see it in reall life >.< your so talented :D
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Apothacer Featured By Owner May 6, 2005
I really love the natural pose. I'm also like hopw it's nowhere near the center of the board, like it's being uncooperative. It's very beautiful.
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner May 6, 2005
That's so awesome. One of these days, I'll probably get into taxidermi too. It just seems so fascinating.
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Teloka Featured By Owner May 6, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
That's absolutely incredible. We have alot of Kingfishers around here, but certainly they're a different breed and their colours are slightly different, but the bird is stunning regardless. :3 I have far too much of a fondness for birds xD

I just love everything about this. The log, the way the bird is positioned, the water, the leaves, the whole idea.. stunning! It's a pity that the camera doesn't show the water running down the sides of the box properly.

How does artificial water work? Sorry to be a bother, I'm just kinda curious, as I've never acctually encountered it before (.. << I think I need to get out more.) and it's acctually intriquing me. xD

Anyway, I'll stop blabbing now. Beautiful work - as always really. :3
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 7, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's a sort of resin, that is also used in medical universities to cast longs, hart and veins systems in. It's highly toxic, and the fumes are really REALLY bad.. but when it's dry it's ROCK solid, and if it breaks it makes a glass noise.
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Teloka Featured By Owner May 7, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, that's really cool! Thankyou very much. :3 For some reason I like the idea of the 'water' resin shattering and making a glass noise. heh.

Perculiar that they'd use something highly toxic to cast vital systems in. o_O'

But thanks! Now I am wiser. :3
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 7, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
I had great fun removing the old layer, since it went wrong once. I put a screwdriver in there and tapped on it and it shattered outwards for the center point like ice does when something is about to go through :D
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Teloka Featured By Owner May 7, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
O:

That sounds SO cool. I should try and find some, although I'd probably end up enhaling the fumes and getting high and dying. xD

I love the way the leaves kinda poke up out of the resin. Was that a really hard effect to do, or did you just kinda drop the leaves into the resin while it was still wet? :3
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 8, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
Problem with the resin is that everything is heavier then the resin itself.. so if I filled the little box to the edge and dropped leaves in it it would all just sink to the bottom.

Instead, with waterkit, I sculpted the entire bottom with leaves twigs and all and then put in the first layer. After that layer was dry I'd put some bugs in. after that layer... until the final top layer where the floating leaf is on :)
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Teloka Featured By Owner May 8, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
ah! That's incredibly cool! Well thanks for your help! I'm not much of a sculptor or anything, but it's really very interesting, and I'm sure it'll come in hand in my 3D piece I have to do for senior art, although it sounds so difficult. xD

Thanks again. :3
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Arcenic Featured By Owner May 6, 2005
usually, when i think taxidermy, i think of something none to plesant. but you make it look like an art form.your work is truly beautiful. i dont have the courage or skill to skin something and play with all the little parts and make something ( or even the same thing ) from it, but you do it beautifully.
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 6, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
:blush: Thank you
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pagedrillgirl Featured By Owner May 6, 2005
A very fitting end for such a gracefull bird. WOnderful job!
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 6, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you :)
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Thene Featured By Owner May 6, 2005
Very beautiful. The box sounds fascinating!
I like kingfishers they are neat little birds. (though some are not so little lol)
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 6, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know XD I still have a Blue-breasted Kingfisher in my fridge and that one is HUGE :D
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Thene Featured By Owner May 6, 2005
Ewwww, ingrid keeps dead birds in her fridge!!!
lol
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 7, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's a special fridge ;) nothing but work material in that one
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Tri-M3000 Featured By Owner May 6, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very life like
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