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Greenman Mask

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Published: November 19, 2006
© 2006 - 2019 cwicseolfor
I knew I wanted to develop some sort of greenman in leather, either tooled or in a mask - but when I saw an image of the Greenman at Bamberg Cathedral I knew exactly what it had to be.

My design has varied from a full mask with sculpted face and leaf beard, as in the original sculpture, to this truncated version; it was finally made for a party, and as such I hoped to create a design that incorperated the moustache on the original without interfering with eating and drinking. I like its round shape, but I hope to also complete the full-face design, and a few other green men in other varieties of foliage (this one is in acanthus; specifically I'd like to try red and white oak, and fern.)

The true color is a waxy medium green with mild copper accents, but I'd also like to paint one for each of the seasons. Leather and acrylic.
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OLaughter's avatar
OLaughterProfessional
It is such a nice design. Amazing!
Crazeh-Sunshine's avatar
Stunning :faint:! The Green Man is one of my favorite symbolic images, and this mask embodies it so wonderfully! I love the copper accents too, nice touch.
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cwicseolforHobbyist General Artist
Many thanks! I'm quite fond of greenmen - I've got several more concepts for them lined up, if I ever find time - but these versions in which the features consist of foliage, rather than the somewhat more classic faces spewing leaves. The copper was a lot of fun to apply (I have a minor addiction to copper paint) and lent the mask more depth. Thanks again for your comments!
Crazeh-Sunshine's avatar
Yeah, I like this take on the image :) The classic image is all well and good in its own right too, but this still captures the essence of it well. And you're very welcome!
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davinciscousinProfessional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! I've always wanted to make leather masks. Very inspiring.
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cwicseolforHobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I tried a lot of materials before settling on leather; it simply best suits my aesthetic and the designs I tend to develop. I've been enjoying looking at your renaissance acanthus images a lot myself... but I'll continue this at your gallery. Thanks again ^-^
SomethingFerocious's avatar
Beautiful, and thanks for sharing!
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cwicseolforHobbyist General Artist
Thanks for looking!
Nephtis's avatar
What a beautiful mask!
You say this is leather? You don't have a tutorial for this, do you? I'd love to know, do you do some kind of model with other material first, is it actually usable or is this just decorative. If it can be worn, how do you make sure it fits... Lots and lots of questions, you see...
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cwicseolforHobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much. And yes, it's sculpted in leather, but I've never worked out a tutorial - I frequently find I'm not quite sure what I actually do, as it seems to change from project to project. There's not a lot of modeling involved; I sculpt by hand, so I can make rearrangements on the fly, which you can't do with a mold. And all the masks I've made - except the Miniatures - are wearable, but they make for good decorations in the off-season. ^-^

Sorry to take so long in reply - it's been a very long year. Thanks very much for your interest!
Minnu's avatar
MinnuProfessional Artisan Crafter
WOW. :o
thrulookinglass's avatar
I love masks and I love the themes of the Green man and the goddess, your work is astounding.
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cwicseolforHobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much! I was hoping to get the right sort of neutral face on this one and still convey something of the dignity of the subject matter. Glad you liked it!
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xothique Artisan Crafter
This one remains a firm favourite of mine - it's truly elegant and very nicely designed.
P.S. I know you're horribly busy and don't expect you to reply.
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cwicseolforHobbyist General Artist
Pbbbbt! I'll reply anyway. (I so should be working, of course.)
Thanks! I love this guy; I've got a few more greenmen in the works, and yet this one is distinct, with such a gentle style. He seems more and more a friendly figure, though, more approachable, as time goes on; maybe I'm acclimating to seeing him all the time?
Thanks a lot, again, I can't wait to get around to some true and proper feedback on your new (and newly-submitted) work!
Revenant-Rosales's avatar
It is so beautiful! The work on the leaves! Splendidly crafted......... It is a fine mask. : )

I must confess my curiosity; is it for sale? :D
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cwicseolforHobbyist General Artist
Most terribly sorry to reply so late - real life keeps intruding on my maskmaking and participation in galleries. I'm flattered by your compliments; it's wonderful hearing what others think of my work, particularly the difficult pieces like this.
As for sales - this original was a gift, but I can duplicate the design (and have before) if you are interested; drop me a note here at dA if so.
Thanks again, for your kind words and your interest, and the best to you!
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MartinSilvertantProfessional General Artist
I didn't know it was possible to bring in details like that in leather. Really amazing work. Very nice shape and beautiful colors. Very well thought out, and outstanding craftwork.
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cwicseolforHobbyist General Artist
Terribly sorry not to have responded to your feedback - I remember specifically I went to go look at your work and tore raving off poking through the various medieval-inspired woodcut-looking death's images, and completely blanked on the comment. So belated thanks for all the detail in the comment, it's very much appreciated, the artist is just a bit too easily visually distracted...
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MartinSilvertantProfessional General Artist
Haha that's quite humoristic. No problem about the delay in your responce though. I just like to look around on deviantart and give some feedback. I'm used to not receiving a responce half of the time, and with the amount of works I comment on I can't even keep track of whether or not they reply.
lusant2's avatar
this is great .. i have been searching for days on info for making leather masks because i am an art student and this is one of the things i want to learn how to make ... but sadly there is like no info on tols and process online,,, then i thought duh!!! DA so im checking on here if you have any info you would like to share please do
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cwicseolforHobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the late reply! I'd recommend ~Ranasp's tutorial here - it's the most comprehensive I've seen on the web anywhere. But you're right; there's a real lack of materials on leather sculpting on the internet, and in books besides; everything I know is self-taught by experimentation. Hope things worked out for you!
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JessicaMDouglasProfessional General Artist
I love this. So much. And if I wasn't SO wiped out, I'd wax eloquent on why I love it so. But I'll just have to leave it with... I really really really love this.
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