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Canine Comparison Reference thingy by Paperiapina Canine Comparison Reference thingy by Paperiapina
And then I felt like taking photos of bones. (And putting them together in the messiest layout in a while.)

Anyway. If you ever come across a sudden need to draw a skull of a small canine, feel free to reference this. I hereby give you permission to reference, trace or even copy stuff from this particular ref. If it helps you, it has done what it was made to do. Have fun!

Featuring all my current canines.

*Sigh* Someday I dream I could buy a replica wolf skull to add to the collection. I'm just really bad at saving up for one. If only there wasn't so many awesome people offering commissions every time I manage to get some money...

(Also, the dog needs a name. To keep with the main theme of my skulls, it should be a name from any of Shakespeare's plays, and if possible, I'd like the name to belong to an old character. The skull is old, and I'd love to keep the Grandpa-feel to it. Suggestions welcome.)
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:icondrawdle:
Drawdle Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm absolutely using this for reference, thank you. These are so beautiful.
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RancorousNeophyte Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
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Marraw01 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is useful, thanks
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FennecFyre Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I vote for Capulet or Montague. The old ones, not Droneo or Foolliet (Ohoho, I'm so clever.) Where do you get your skulls, btw?
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M0CKERY Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
koirakallo on selvästi kuningas Lear :stare:

*hipeltää sitä*
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unf :stare:
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Wolfy-MagicMuffin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Where can you get these replica's? I've always wanted a few for studying anatomy. =]
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Haha awesome, I love how you use the same inking pens as me :) fantastic reference! :D
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:iconeksheed:
Eksheed Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
I have a pair of skulls from my stepdads hunting days- a small wolf skull and a young brown bear skull. Both were problem animals in the area that they ended up having to shoot.
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flame-of-phoenix Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your skulls <3 and it was a great idea to compare them (:
And I also "collect" skulls, have a fox skull and one of a possum (they have huge teeth o.O) :D
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:iconlieju:
Lieju Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Mielenkiintoista.

Tuo supikoiran leuka on jykevämpi kuin oletin...
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Skylarkien Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Antipholus is from A comedy of Errors :)
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Amagire Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Neat to see a side-by-side comparison! Also, I second the nomination of Banquo as a name for the dog skull. (Though Falstaff would also be good.)
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EmeraldFoxSeamstress Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive!
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celdragon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you for showing the difference with the skulls, really like pics like this
good reference for other pics
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HibikiDuskstar Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU

are funny :thumbsup:
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:iconvirtuousbass:
virtuousbass Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
"alas poor Yoric I knew him well"
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PsykotikDragon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
very informative. this could be quite useful for canine-styled headshapes for my dragons XD
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alonawolf Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
:D
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Zerox-Z21 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Would be interesting to know breed as dogs vary so much, but alas. At least not an overly deformed breed, good to see.
Why a replica rather than the real deal? Preferable from my point of view. Unless more expensive/hard to find, but talking to my uni lecturers about all the ones they had in the lab, apparently replicas are pretty similar in price to the real things. Also, even good replicas miss out the fine details, like the fine bone inside the snout from the nostril area.
I have a nice collection myself of various bits. Annoyingly including a carrion crow and rook skulls I lost the labels from. Virtually identical, can't tell the difference now.
Ebay's real good for this kind of thing if that's an option for you.
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Paperiapina Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah. It could be some sort of spaniel, but I can't say for sure.

With the wolf replica it's for practical reasons. I live in Finland, which is pretty small country. The entire wolf population in this country is small, less than two hundred individuals and hunting them is strictly regulated so it's hard to find their bones sold within Finland. I can't buy them from abroad since wolf is listed on CITES, which means buying them from abroad is illegal, unless I acquire exporting AND importing licenses from both Finland and the country of origin, and the licenses can cost more then the skull itself. Personally, I would prefer the real deal, but my chances are rather low. :(
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Zerox-Z21 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Oh, CITES covering import/export. Hadn't occurred to me for wolves. Makes sense though.
At least you have what you have. I mean, tbh, the skulls of wolves and dogs are pretty similar, heck compare yours to the fox. I know in practice it's nice to have the actual thing, but as a reference tool or otherwise for the sake of observing anatomy, there's not anything in a wolf skull that isn't in what you've got. Perhaps look for more wolf-like dog skulls if they're available? They are closely related after all.
Nonetheless, if it's something you want, keep an eye out for within country sales. Surely you could find a specialist shop or seller? Tends to be the way things work, the shop deals with the costs of licensing and so imports all these items, which are then easier to buy for the local population. Not sure if saying this is helpful though :P
Going the replica route, be sure to go for decent quality though, because the thing they miss most is the extra fine details, so you're gonna want to keep an eye out for that.
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Thorunn Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice collection!
I like the names Tybalt and Escalus from Romeo and Juliet, they could fit.. or Friar Lawrence since he is older
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TzikiiWolf Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
Lol! That's so funny! Great job! Very useful! :D
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Luniwenor Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist
did the racoon got a shot in its head? i mean, the hole in the frontalis/parietalis seam is quite much... round lol
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Paperiapina Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Actually the raccoon dog was probably killed by a bigger animal, maybe a wolf. The whole back of the skull is completely shattered, yet the skin on it was intact, and even the muscles were only bruised. Both of his shoulder blades were pierced too, there was holes in both, yet the holes were only found after we had got him cleaned, there was no holes on the skin or muscles. That's pretty darn neat fanghole.
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Luniwenor Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist
or i should say, parietalis/interparietalis lol my bad
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HuntressLight Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome post. I love the breakdown of all the parts and the comparison shots. And lots of angles! ILU <3
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Fyrrea Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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Little-Pastry Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
what breed is the dog skull from?
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MrWitchblade Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Always good to have a thingy ;)
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IsaRat Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Boooooing! :XD: you kills me:P
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Marszenka Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Lear, Polonius, Prospero, Friar Laurence, Leontes. ;)

Very interesting reference! Thank you!
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KeroberosFang Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
This is a great reference tool! :D Thank you so much for putting the time into this!
Has anyone suggested Falstaff yet? Whenever I think of an old Shakespeare character, I think of him. :3
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haruko-doe Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
That's really interesting. I love dogs and their cousins!
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Eye-X-catcher Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
I love you for this stuff, Thanks
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Icy-Tempest Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
How about Julius for Granpa like from Shakespears Julius Caesar
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YiorYeosa Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh! Poor Fido! I knew him well Milan. :D
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:iconnonparellis:
Nonparellis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Apemantus? [link] , Nestor? [link] (elderly Greek leader in Troilus and Cressida.)
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Moonafleet Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, this is so awesome! I only have a small raccoon skull, myself. Complete teeth, but sadly the jaw is missing...I'll have to compare it to these, though! Thanks for this!
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Rhissanna Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So, it's not just me. Foxes are, indeed, the elf version of dogs!
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christyrenee Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   Artisan Crafter
This is so cool! Very interesting and informative. :) Thanks for posting it!
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Ara-Tun Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Wow, I had no idea raccoon dogs were so robust! They look like they have the largest lamboidal crest proportionate to their bodies of any canid skull I have thus far seen. I'm curious if the raccoon dogs' auditory bullae are larger or smaller than the red foxes - it's a little hard to tell. Also, that dog skull is amazingly neotenic in appearance! I keep forgetting that, as the dog skull at my university's collection is probably a Shepherd skull, and so looks more like the wolf skull (still pretty easy to tell apart, though). A lovely comparison!
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CalliScribbles Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Mmm... how about Lear? (Because the dog was a broken old man...)
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Akayama Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Polonius was an old character, no? I remember that he was foolish. It's also a fun name to say.
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ElohiAdanvdo Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Try BoneClones.Com. They have a bunch of amazing replica skulls, the Siberian Wolf Skull BC-004
is worth $190.00. They also have a Dire Wolf Skull Tarpit Finish BC-020T for $225.00 and a Dire Wolf Skull Antique Finish BC-020A for $205.00. Visit their site, they have a lot. :3
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Reigndrac Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Where do people get these skulls?
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Rayquin Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
dafuq did i just read
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zefok Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
saifi hottest ever !! [link]
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minibubble Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What about Polonius since you already have Hamlet and Yoric(k), keeps it all in the same play! and Polonius was old (:

Also, you really know your skulls! Very neat to see them explained so nicely~ :heart:
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Crimsonbluewolf Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That was an interesting read.... Is it weird that the way you wrote that made me excited to read the next panel?
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