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I'm back from China, and about as burnt out as I've ever been in my life. I had five days - count 'em - between my final at Fudan University and the beginning of my fall term at my home school. That includes the day I spent travelling - the two-hour taxi to the airport in Shanghai, the fourteen-odd hour flight to the States, the three-hour flight back to my city, and the blissfully brief ride to a bed on which I could collapse - at past midnight - only to attend class promptly at 9:55 the next morning.

It really hasn't felt all too much less pressed since. I've finally gone through all my photos, on the upside; on the other hand I've had a miserable semester, albeit interesting (I got to take classical Chinese). I'm exhausted.

Fortunately I have a nice three-week break coming up, though I fear it won't be long enough. Two finals due in less than 12 hours; haven't slept in a long while. But there's still something good to be found in all this. For the first time since February - what a stretch - I've gotten to do something in leather; I wanted to ease back into it, because it's been a long time, so I decided to try something I'd wanted to do for ages. The result'll be in the gallery in a minute or so.

Lots of photos I still need to take, lots of work I've got to do, but hopefully I'll make it through the next two weeks and get to spend the break between the end of Twilight Princess and a lot of new masks.

About 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
:iconleatherartisans: :iconmask-making-artisans:
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.
  • Listening to: The Fly. Only thing on TV.
  • Reading: Chinese, or about to be.
  • Watching: The "Artistic" icon. The bemused look is
  • Eating: Mint brownies.
  • Drinking: Not enough. Tea forthcoming.
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eyefeather Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
Welcome back! :hug:
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! How goes it, anyway? I was obscenely busy until I drove home yesterday, but now I'm stumbling from the inertia - running at full speed for six months only to find out I've nothing to do but work on Christmas gifts. (Not that I mind, of course.) Hope things go well during the season for you, and that the weather's not as bitter as it is here (or, given that it's unlikely, that it at least makes the concession of being pretty.)
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Seldavia Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
Yay! You're back!

(Though the forum is gone, of course.)

I had a similar trip back from France, years ago. Drive an hour to the local airport. Fly two hours. Run around Orly Airport. Fly seven hours from Paris to New York. Get lost at JFK. Get lost going from JFK to LaGuardia. Fly from NY to Minneapolis. Drive 2 hours to Rochester. Sleep maybe 5 hours, then get up for first day of college. :XD:
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The forum makes its return, too, with some of my Christmas money. Probably later today. Finished Breaking the Curse, too, which I still need to review (sorry... busy... a belated thanks for a good read and most excellent escapism during my finals, though.) Really, though, trust me, it's better that I DIDN'T renew it until now - it's been the semester from hell...
And... Good lord. Well, at least you got to go to France before college even started, eh? I would've killed for it back then because I could still speak just-passable French, but I only escaped the country under the guise it'd benefit my Mandarin studies. Fortunately it did. ^-^
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Seldavia Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
Hey, why didn't DA tell me you responded?!

At least I noticed before it got too old. Glad you enjoyed "Curse", I'd love to see a review once you have enough time.
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EMasqueradeGallery Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Hope you get that much needed breathing-time soon. Good luck on the leather again!:)
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:iconcwicseolfor:
cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's finally winter holidays, for better or worse. And thanks! Wings lately eh?
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EMasqueradeGallery Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008   Artisan Crafter
I know what you mean.:)
-Nope, haven't made anything, actually.:( I need to, though. I've got some masks in mind that I really need to get to work on soon.

You seem to have liked my wings, thank you!:) I will be posting some new stuff this coming year.:D
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vpf Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008   Digital Artist
YOU LIVE.

Also, I want to visit you people. :[ Looks like I won't even get a chance to like, ever.
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I do live. How's your Spring Break? I might be down in your area (ish) to visit 'round then, 'cause Reid's all gradumacated now...
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vpf Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008   Digital Artist
I don't really have a spring break... xD I'm all working at Michaels and, well, we don't really get time off. But I do have days off, so there's no reason we can't chillax at some point.
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ebell1 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist
hey welcome back hun
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cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! How've you been, better since summer I hope, not a lot of journal posts. I'm gonna be doing two more of the miniatures in the next couple days, they're planned to be a gift for my grandmother (and now I have ROOM IN WHICH TO WORK! Eee!)
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ebell1 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist
not well but i am trying to get better and start working on my projects agian
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