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No, I don't have any Halloween shots yet. Soldier-of-Industry took some of me, which didn't turn out; jupiterknight007 took a number of myself and my boyfriend, and her camera 'sploded.

There wasn't anything entirely amazing and new to see, because the week before Halloween a series of new assignments descended upon my already fragile schedule, which sadly collapsed under the pressure. However, there was the planned redesign of my first-ever mask (from my senior prom), a rather abstracted fairy form, now complete; my boyfriend wore a Bauta over his suit and generally came off as creepy and intimidating.

So there will be pictures, soon, even if I have to get all costumed up on Sunday for a shoot. The bodice is as wonderful and comfortable and fun to wear as I remembered.

This will mean shots of the Ivy Circlet, the Fairy Bodice, the new Fey Lady mask, and maybe a few better shots of both Bautas together.

The obscenely talented :iconpika-la-cynique: Pika-la-Cynique tagged me for Eight Random Things</i> a couple of weeks ago (Aii-amm-nnot-worrthyyy...) and I haven't posted responses yet. This is more difficult than it might have been simply because my online contacts are more likely to know the more random aspects of my life - in real life, people might be surprised to look at me and hear that I'm both a maskmaker and a hunter. Here? One is beyond obvious, the other probably frequently implied. The reason is probably that we're more likely to pursue such unexpected things online, because the mundane is already taken care of in day-to-day socializing. So here goes, for things my dA friends might not know.

Eight Random Things

1. I'm a total dilettante. I've actively tried to prevent that from showing up here, where it looks as if I may have specific and particular gifts, but I'm willing to try nearly anything and I'll usually do it passably after an attempt or two. Maskmaking is just the one thing I seem to do reasonably well and that I simultaneously have a passion for.

2. I'm a contortionist. Sorta. I could put my legs behind my head before I could do the splits. I have yet to find much to do with this other than party tricks, but if I'd get contact juggling in order (see response no. 1) and some dance lessons (no. 1 again) it might function as "something to do when we lack entertainment at one of the events I help coordinate" (a third time, please see response 1).

3. I have hair longer than my torso, and enjoy keeping it that way because it's actually less work - due to sheer unusuality people think it's a style. I wash it, brush it occasionally, and leave it alone. It has also functioned as a wonderful costume accent (very old-fashioned); an emergency scarf (I'm from Texas, I'm a wimp in the cold); and a puppy toy.

4. I have very little sense of color. Occasionally inspiration strikes, but I have a lot of difficulty figuring such things out, particularly with the red family. I really don't know why - I have tested to have uncommonly good peripheral vision color perception, so it's got to be I just don't have the gift. I always preferred pencil in 2D art.

5. I hunger for reading material in the same way some people hunger for food. To continue this metaphor, I'd have been a morbidly obese child up until high school. However, I tend to self-denial when my grades are on the line, and feel both pride when I choose to work rather than read, and rather martyred. I am now a literary anorexic, though prone to occasional binging.

6. I have unwritten rules when I'm working on art. If it's going to be good, it has to: arise unbidden from the muse - that is, be what SHE wants and have no relation to such constraints as assignments or budget; be something upon which I hyperfocus for more than four hours at a time (usually to the point of forgetting basic needs, such as food, sleep, and toilet); include an emphasis on nonstop work to the extent that bricolage is preferable to acquiring proper materials even when they're readily available (read the story of my first mask if you want an example). Other tendencies, when it's likely to be good: I get the idea in the early phases of sleep deprivation, between midnight and four; it eats at me constantly until it's done, devouring my attention to the exclusion of truly all else; in working on the piece I do things without really realizing the how or why of them, with the logic part of my mind buzzing on inventing a backstory to the thing, an internal logic. Rarely if ever do I make conscious choices about the piece - everything is intuition. My mental state tends to be altered (sans substances) to the point that I'm not even observing myself from outside - there simply is no internal monitor at all.

7. I have wanted, in chronological order, to be: a paleontologist, a veterinarian, an animal behaviourist (interest in evolutionary causal relationship to psychology, to be potentially extended to understandings of human behaviour), a medical examiner (okay, so I'm more attracted to money than repelled by death), a neurologist, a clinical psychologist, and some manner of cultural liason for business. I'm probably forgetting a few things. I've also always wanted to do something creative on the side - ballet, illustration, graphic design, web design, maskmaking.

8. I used to write and roleplay with some Australian and British kids over the internet. Because of this, my spelling of the word "behaviour" is British - but "color," "favor," and "neighbor" remain American. Same with "traveller" vs. "program" or "councilor." The reason? You don't use the latter terms as extensively with roleplay. Go figure. Anywhere else my spelling wavers between British and American standards is due to excessive and early reading of British literature. Sometimes I'll use one, sometimes the other, and occasionally I'll even tend to select spellings by semantics - "theater" for movies, "theatre" for plays; I tend to use "burnt" as an adjective vs. "burned" as a past participle.
I'm particularly fickle with: "acknowledgment/ acknowledgement," "practice/ practise," "analyze/ analyse," "defense/ defence," "plow/ plough," "jewelry/ jewellery," "dialog/ dialogue," "mold/ mould."
I'm adamant on "fulfil" for no particular reason; it seems outright wrong when it has a second L.

I'm not gonna tag anyone to continue this, but I'd be really interested in seeing it if somebody did, so leave me a comment if you do!

I have little time right now, but I'm hoping to reply to the comments I've received, or at least some of them - as usual, terribly sorry I didn't get to you on time. I'm an artist, not an accountant, and unfortunately that manifests itself in other aspects of my life, such as courtesy - I'll devote a great deal of time to thanks, but not always on the sort of schedule as might be considered proper. One foot in and one foot out of reality. Oh, and I'm a full-time financial-aid student with a scary major at a difficult university, if more tangible evidence of my time constraints helps.

Soon to come:
- Ivy Circlet
- Fairy Bodice (as opposed to the Fey bodice I have in the works)
- a Fey Lady mask
- a few Bauta shots
- two or more Jesters
- a Columbina or two
- three new Rosettas

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: My roommate, boyfriend discussing Guitar Hero
  • Reading: Perdido Street Station (Ahem: Whoa.)
  • Watching: Fraiser
  • Playing: Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. FINALLY.
  • Eating: Carrot sticks... sweet, sweet carrot sticks..
  • Drinking: Melon gatorade.
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
I'm glad for that last tidbit. It explains some of my spelling issues...
jupiterknight007 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
...Why are you not asleep yet? XD
...*sniff* My camera "'sploded'" true [insert heart-wrenching sob here] Ah. that felt good. *shakes fist and curses the heavens*
cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm still not asleep now. Partly, because I can't settle down, and partly because I have massive dA-neglect-guilt. Ack!
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November 9, 2007