Well, I've done some photography, most of it terrible, but at least it gets my work visible even if it doesn't flatter it. New masks:
- One Lady Dragon in burgundy with swarovski crystal accent
- One Columbina Jester, 3-point, in antique burgundy scheme
- One Abstract in black and copper
Right now I'm experiencing post-holiday exhaustion, but I have a lot more time this week than I will for quite a long time to come - so I'm hoping to keep myself productive.
Soon to come:
- One Bamberg Greenman in summer green with copper accenting (complete)
- Whatever else I come up with
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 unlined 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.
All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for purchase, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached. This means you can request anything in any color scheme, limited only by what is feasable for the maskmaker. However, 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, please write me a note; if you are not, you can contact me through this page.
Maybe I should commission you.
ahhhh real life....why can't we move into the castles in the sky darn it??
Really. And we could open a masks-and-dragons shop. ^-^
weeee ^_^ could do the sculpture so the leather could be shaped over it XD although i was told in italy they use wood to shape the masks Oo ouch splinters!
The old technique was to do a wooden sculpt, then tack the leather over it and stretch it into shape over days. You'd use a hammer with a tiny point to force it against the mold and a polished piece of hardwood to smooth out all the little dots. I'd say the handmolding technique is actually fundimentally different in the way the leather behaves. There are books available on the old technique if you're interested, though.
eeek hard work < most things are > i was told the propmaker's handbook is really good for that...but i also think it's out of print...
I bet it's available on Amazon. The Prop-Builder's Mask-Making Handbook has a good section on it (and I know it was available as of this last spring), but unfortunately absolutely nothing on hand-moulding, so I learned some very interesting maskmaking history and absolutely no technique. Kind of an expensive history lesson... X.x but I bet there are used copies by now...