I am not a taxidermist but have had a few things mounted over the years- from mountain sheep to mule deer to brown bears. And for the last quite a few years nothing but skull mounts done.... except for a nice kudu that I was "forced" to have shoulder mounted. It just arrived after a couple of years of great fear and anticipation. IMO, it actually turned out well and am very pleased. The first thing I checked were the eyes. I saw "expression". Aside from the basics, like skin/cape care, correct form size, correct skin prep, etc., I was told long ago by a very talented taxidermist that the eyes can make or break any mount. I have come to realize he was right. If you look at the face and eyes and there is no "expression" it's just not right. Here's a few pics from wide shots to tight shots showing the eyes and hopefully the "expression" in my last kudu. BTW likely the last animal I'll ever have done as my big game hunting days are nearing an end.