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Arctic Unicorn Closeup by LilleahWest Arctic Unicorn Closeup by LilleahWest
A closer shot in better lighting.
like most of my other hoofers the customer wanted a "calm relaxed neutral expression"

Also I actually really need to update this "how to build horse heads" thing lilleahwest.deviantart.com/art… namely since I have a seen a few folks using it as a guide. While the bare bones of this is built pretty much the same I use a lot more soft foam to round out the bridge of both the top and underside of the head, to define the cheeks eyebrow ridge, and round out the nose area.
The Elk is actually a better current example than that "how to build horse heads" (the elk lacks the foam under the head to round out that area) lilleahwest.deviantart.com/art…

I love the angular nature of hooved animal heads and luckily the angular shape is very well suited to how neck vision style heads have to be made, they have to be hollow to house the required fan overhead (otherwise they get real stuffy real fast) hence why these heads get puzzled together out of hard foam vs carved from soft foam.


PS so far all my hoofers have come from owners wanting more neutral expressions, I rather crave getting to do a hoofer with some major attitude... would anyone care to order an ornery wild mustang? been ages since I did a pinto, you'd have a confirmed place on my list come quote openings in July...
And speaking of a wild mustang suit... would it be culturally insensitive or otherwise not okay to make a "Crazy Horse" tribute via a horse suit with a Native American theme and a wild-eyed crazy expression??? I feel like it would be a fun and clever but politically incorrect idea...
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TopazDawnrose Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
If I could afford one of your suits my mare is more smart alecy and smirks a lot or grins, I would love to see what you could do with her.
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Rebeccannoying Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I agree with some of the other comments that just because someone wants a neutral expression doesn't mean you have to make it so... extremely neutral? Like maybe have the eyes focusing on some fixed point, or like a user said maybe put more detail into the  mouth. 
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candycornsnake Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Well you can still have a neutral expression and yet use some of the skills you have developed to make it seem less stiff. I think the part that bugs me the most personally Is the shiney rubber lining around the nostrils. Horses have soft furry noses on those edges. They also have fuller lips that can be manipulated like an elephant trunk. Carving those larger lips would also make it seem less stiff.
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I hope you do get someone who wants one with some expression.. I know you would rise to that challenge!!
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xXLonelyTurtleXx Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Almost thought this was a decapitated horse for a moment 8I So realistic *_*
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