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Foglia Mask by cwicseolfor Foglia Mask by cwicseolfor
An intricate, stylized leaf-face, featuring carved and sculpted elevated veins. A subtle two-tone finish imitates the waxy texture of a leaf's surface, as the delicate sculpting compliments the face beneath.

This Foglia is my own take on a traditional mask - often the classic Venetian masks feature smaller eyeholes and false faces under the farfalla (butterfly) or foglia (leaf) shapes. Since I prefer to make masks intended not so much for disguise as for ornamentation, I omit the false face and enlarge the eyeholes, allowing the wearer to eat and drink (and flirt.) Ideally they cause little to no obstruction of view. The shape of the eyeholes and cheeks flatters most faces; elegant on men or women, though a more specifically masculine cut is available.

I love this mask. I really love this mask. It makes my eyes look violently green, for one thing. I rushed it one evening and finished it the following night with some additional paint - the veins and border are a slightly different shade than the rest of the face. The texture and shaping of this mask, and the three-dimensionality of its surface, are fantastic to handle - I really, really wish I had a better way to show these online. Even the ones with the greatest depth lose it all under my crappy photography. Oh well. Please forgive - I will update with a better photo as soon as one becomes available.
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Tabby-chan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007
This mask is such a beauty! I just don#t know how to call it... I really love the colour, and the shape is so 'easy' and elegant as well.^^ :love:
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you liked it, sorry to reply so late! It took a lot of correction, but the photo is (mostly) accurate - at least it shows that the veins have a slightly different shade. The sculpt evolved itself, thankfully; the outline may have taken forever, but the sculpt just fell into place. Very pleased it was enjoyed by someone else!
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Tabby-chan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
No Problm! It's nice to see a reply! :hug: Hm, I haven't noticed, that the veins have another shading, but if I take aother look at it, I can see it now! Very good idea, though!
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HasturCTS Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Wow. It's like something you would think one of the Wood folk would wear to one of their balls. Gorgeous.
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a welcome thought - I've used it in such a way and will have pictures of it before long. Pity I didn't finish the wings in time.... But I think it worked out quite well, so I'll be posting soon.

Thanks very much for the comment ^-^
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VMisery Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
Very lovely.

I'd like to see a version of this mask with some antiquing or leaf in the veins and lines to add a little contrast as well. It would make the details really pop out. Just a suggestion though, it looks great as is!
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to second you there. In this case I wanted something very natural that bordered on realism - it's a slightly lighter and golder green, in the elevated areas - but I'm planning on doing it in an antiqued metallic, maybe playing with copper and verdigris or an antique gold... Metallics will also play up the dimension of it, so it should be exciting. Thanks a lot!
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scarlet-dragonchild Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful as always....I can already imagine how this will look like if put on. ingenious work on the veins and curves. Masquerading with leaves ^^ Your masks are always a source of inspiration :hug:
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it's belated, but I'll have pictures involving it as part of a costume before too long, so you won't have to imagine ^-^ Thank you very much!
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BizarreTShirts Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2007   Interface Designer
This is so beautiful!
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much!
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is definately a piece to be cherished. I can see it being used in ritual and passed down. Nice job!
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Ee! Thank you very much ^-^ I always hope it'll mean something to somebody - and they're sturdy enough to last a long time, given a little care.
Ritual-oriented masks are a tempting thought, and I've got a couple ideas buzzing, but I'm also intimidated by the idea of misrepresenting someone else's gods. May chance it anyway with the Lady and Consort of several recent pagan faiths...
Thanks again, I sincerely hope you turn out to be right!
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the appeal of it is that is iconic, and symbolic, but not too specific you know? (And the fact that is beautiful and inspiring doesn't hurt.)
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eyefeather Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
The pic isn't too bad. You can certainly tell it's a beautiful mask! The veining is very well done. :)
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!! I loved the way it turned out, and the suede was particularly nice, too, so it's a pleasure to wear. The ability to make stuff that makes oneself happy is a wonderful thing ^-^
Thanks a lot, it's a relief hearing somebody could see what was going on in the image, and I'm glad you liked it!
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