Naturally, I'm still way behind - but given my schedule for this year I'm not surprised. Class has kept me down, and sculpting in particular - yes, I'm finally taking my first-ever course in 3D art, and no, it's worthless to me in maskmaking - has been eating my weekends. Every last one, until two weeks ago, when I'd cleared out one in which to settle down, clean my room, and do some belated maskmaking.
As it turned out, this was a good thing, because I spent the weekend in my hometown. My grandfather, my father's father, died that Thursday morning. Upsetting though it always is, I have to say - I couldn't have asked for better for him. He had a full life - very successful practice, huge and tight-knit family, loved by quite literally hundreds of friends, a life spent travelling Europe and China, enjoying good food and pursuing good wine - and I can only hope to do so well myself.
I have a personal sort of memorial in mind - it will almost certainly show up here, but it may be a few years from now, when my hands can shape the image in my head.
Things are more or less returning to normal for me - aside from difficulty in school (I volunteered for it, I always had a streak of academic masochism - thank you auburnrose
I'm planning on sending out a shipment this week, containing something on the order of five pieces - paltry, yes, but life's been hell.
If that clears up by Thursday, I'm going to take a crack at actually making the Halloween costume I thought I wouldn't get to even start before the holiday. It will take me on the order of 100+ hours, easily, I will have ten days in which to do it, and there's no way in hell I'll finish, but I am this opposed to wearing my Labyrinth Ball costume twice.
It's because Halloween is supposed to be scary.
Fairies can be dangerous, yes, but that bodice has all the fearsomeness of an elm tree. You'll see it soon. (Please, gods, let it be soon.) I can wear it to any costume event where I don't need to be able to move - it'd fit in just fine, with the wings especially, at faire, and it's reasonably cool. The Black Lace project... well, it's black, and wearing a large amount of black in the Texas summer sun is... inadvisable. And though it can be a good look for me, I don't like to go goth to faire. Going garbed as the fairy creatures that people would have (and did) tell stories about is about as tangential as I want to get to the truth of the medieval and renaissance periods.
SO... if I have half a chance... I'll be trying to complete it before Halloween. I'll look suitably pale in any photos, that's for sure. I don't think I'm going to sleep much between then and now. But wearing something that looks amazing, that draws attention and acclaim, that you made
, brings with it a certain raw energy beyond vanity's hollow resolve - the knowledge that you made people look
with the work of your hands
, that something you created
is making people smile and point and stare in wonder. I could be up three days straight before the party, but I'd still have a fantastic time. Which, come to think of it, is exactly what I did at the Labyrinth Ball.
In other, small news: I have acquired an iPod and a Wii. The former lets me listen to Chinese lessons while arting, thereby letting me rationalize maskmaking as studying (sorta.) The latter provides me with the use of the Twilight Princess disc I've had since LAST October and a helluvalotta inspiration. I sense fan art encroaching on my gallery - the potential for a wolf mask with interesting markings and blue earrings.Soon to come:
- the Fae bodice, from my Labyrinth Masquerade costume
- the ivy circlet, likely to be paired with the above
- two wonderful new Jollies (I'll be sad to part with them)
- a Columbina or two
- a handful of Rosettas
- a pair of green Dragons, male and female, if I can get them painted
and last, but not, by a far cry, least:
- would that I might finish it - the Black Lace ensembleAbout the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.Commission Information:
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However,
I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, you can write me a note
; otherwise, you can contact me through my website
, whatever you feel comfortable with.Clubs to Look Into LeatherArtisans
- Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community.Mask-Making-Artisans
- A maskmaker's community showcasing a number of artists and some very diverse styles.