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Inside Howaitoshika the Alpine Ridge Deer

Alpine Ridge deer are shy creatures, they tend to avoid contact with anything but their own kind, they live in large herd with the intentions of safety in numbers. These deer come in many different colouring patterns, mainly consisting of whites, browns and greys to blend into their surroundings. Deer with of mostly white colouring with patches of brown or grey are called morphs. A pure white deer is a rare morph, especially those with pink features and dark eyes as they are not considered albino. As these deer live mainly in wintry conditions, their coats are generally thicker than other deer consisting of a thick undercoat and a longer top coat. Unlike other deer species, both male and female deer have antlers, this is due to the fact that these deer use their antlers to dig for food in the snow, the male has larger showier antlers while the female has smaller antlers.

Alpine Ridge deer are found on the mainland Nanclendara, mainly in the Alpine Ridge region but tend to wander down into the Clearwater region

The first doll from my new stag sculpt and I couldn't be happier with the aesthetics! I had been wanting to add a stag doll to my list of critters ever since I started, I did originally have a caribou sculpt which is still one of my favourites, but it was never a stag. I don't know why I held off for so long, I think it was because of the antlers, I didn't want the antlers to be something that was fragile and I had already used different materials for the antlers on my caribou. So I ended up finding some plastic antlers that worked really well with a doll, and it didn't compromise the weight and were super robust, it did however mean that the doll had to be a little larger than I originally intended...ehehe... This was also the first doll (apart from my Drogon doll) that I used a plastic ball and socket armature, there were a few setbacks like not having the right joining sockets and the armature itself being a little too big of the legs but necessary for the weight, but I carried on and here's what the little one turned out like.

Howaitoshika has a resin face and claws were cast from an original sculpture hand crafted by me. Her body is made from thick faux fur which was designed and sewn by me, she has a plastic ball and socket armature inside making her fully poseable, her face was furred by hand and painted in acrylic paints.

Howaitoshika is approximately 40 x 35cm head to tail.

Howaitoshika will be up for grabs in my Etsy shop this Friday between 9-10am AEST. Alternatively you can check me out on my social media pages below. Also check out my Society6 and Redbubble shop for prints and more.

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