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    Skull model for reference?

    I'm looking into buying a model human skull for practicing with. I'm looking for something that's of a heavier resin that is proportional with removable jaw. Something of good enough quality that it will help and not hinder my study of heads. Some are really out of proportion or "unique."

    There are several decent-looking ones on Amazon, but most of the reviews are by medical students, and it's very hard to tell if the few buy art students are those that know what they're talking about. I expect to pay somewhere around $80 for a decent model, if my research and experience with animal skulls is any indication. I'm in the US, and would prefer not to ship overseas.

    I tried searching the forums but could not find any recent topics on this subject.

    What skull-models would people recommend for art study? Does anyone know of any that have been reviewed by art-folk? If you have one, what model is it and do you like/hate it?
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    This model from Dick Blick seems decent and at $31 very affordable: Budget Skull
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    I had seen that one but all of the reviews are from med students. I'm hesitant as their needs are different than an artists--they care that the canals are there or the landmarks are reasonably accurate. In my research so far I've seen med student give good reviews to even poor-quality skulls =/. Maybe someone here has bought it for art and will chime in their thoughts?

    Thank you for taking the time to look for me though =D I appreciate it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    This model from Dick Blick seems decent and at $31 very affordable: Budget Skull
    Oh snap! That is the best deal I've seen in my searching!

    Stormslegacy - this looks like a pretty accurate skull (and I too have seen some strangely positive reviews on some pretty crappy looking reproductions). It may not be as heavy material as what you are looking for, but the savings could probably be used towards purchasing more animal skulls ;D
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    Well, I wouldn't be overly worried about getting "just the right one"...that one is from Dick Blick which is a major artist supply outfit, they've probably looked to find the most reasonably priced, accurate model.
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    I like the look of these ones http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/sto...Artist-Version

    I've just got a plastic cast of a skull from a medical shop (complete with removable teeth and brain). If it isn't to 'ideal' proportions, so be it. Better to draw that one than nothing!
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    The budget skull can't be worse than the urban outfitters coin bank.

    Skull model for reference?

    Actually even though the Jaw doesn't move, if the paint was scraped off it could be great. Though sometimes the paint itself makes for interesting lighting situations.

    Think it was 15 bucks? Someone gave me one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    This model from Dick Blick seems decent and at $31 very affordable: Budget Skull
    I have one of those (among others), it's fine. It's pretty much the standard easily available, affordable skull model these days. If you wan to spend quite a bit more, the best selection is at Bone Clones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post
    The budget skull can't be worse than the urban outfitters coin bank.
    I saw that meself recently. £20 here, unpainted, black or white. Thought about it for a while, but walked on.
    I still have to check elsewhere, though.
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    Thank you everyone that commented!

    Thank you Elwell, I really wanted to hear someone that's seen it in person chime in. I didn't want to spend and be disappointed, I can't really afford to buy a few =) If I'm spending $30 or more I want to be sure it's the right one. Bone clones look awesome but $100 was my top limit if it was needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vermis View Post
    I saw that meself recently. £20 here, unpainted, black or white. Thought about it for a while, but walked on.
    I still have to check elsewhere, though.
    The coin bank actually is pretty nice, just don't like the gaudy paint - though the bronze one isn't that bad in the lighting at home. Wish the Jaw was removable but other than that works well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    I have one of those (among others), it's fine. It's pretty much the standard easily available, affordable skull model these days. If you wan to spend quite a bit more, the best selection is at Bone Clones.
    Holy crap! I've been searching for a site like this! (for animal skulls, actually. I keep running into weird..uh..boutique sites.)

    Thanks!
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    Yeah, bone clones have an awesome selection. I bought a skull recently from them and it is excellent. Another good place is the bone room. I wish real human skeletons were cheaper, even the good reproduction skeletons are high in price.
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