I'm not really here right now for all intents and purposes, but apparently dA is accessible in China for this very moment. I will not be online much because I very much doubt this will be the state of affairs for long (lemme put it this way: Facebook is down), and because I desperately need to be studying.
But I didn't get to publish an update before I left, so greetings from Shanghai!
To anyone who has left or will leave comments, favorites or devwatches, thanks very much! I'll get back to you when I return. And maybe I'll have at least one good photo to post when I do.
Hope everyone's doing well and I'll be back online, posting and hopefully making things again, in mid-September.
Soon to come:
Nothing until September in all likelihood.
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.
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.
- Listening to: A noisy, but blissfully functional, A/C unit.
- Reading: Chinese homework.
- Eating: DELICIOUS THINGS.
- Drinking: Everything but tap water.