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Great Serpentine Dragon Mask

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Published: May 4, 2010
© 2010 - 2019 merimask
This is the newest version of my "Great Dragon" mask design; done with a realistic snake pattern on the scales.

The mask is carved out of several pieces of 8oz leather, three times the thickness of most Venetian-style leather masks. This allows me to carve the leather deeply, but requires me to shape the entire sculpture by hand with no use of molds or armatures.

It is painted with colorfast Liquitex acrylics by hand in black, white, and varying shades of brown. I researched snake patterns and used a modified version of a juvenile rat snake for inspiration. The entire mask is then sealed with an acrylic clear coat for durability. This is designed to be a sturdy, wearable piece of art.

The Great Dragon comes with a leather tab for hanging and black organza ribbons for wearing. This is a signed, dated, numbered original; "Great Serpentine Dragon #1", available right now in my Etsy shop: [link]
Image size
1952x2706px 2.35 MB
Shutter Speed
10/3200 second
Focal Length
5 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
May 4, 2010, 5:56:24 PM
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AzraellisHobbyist Traditional Artist
This is my personal favourite colour scheme. Just stunning.
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INeedAMasterStudent Photographer
how do you twist the horns like that?
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Ancient-HoofbeatsStudent General Artist
You've been featured in an article called "Creation Creation: Arts & Crafts Feature"! [link]
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AnthonyDevineProfessional Digital Artist
your work is certainly awesome. keep up the good work ;)
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merimaskProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank you...I love your stuff too! :-)
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Bit-sinnaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, this has been featured in a News Article here: [link]
Thank you for letting #ArtToBeBought display your work. :)
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merimaskProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for the feature! :-)
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Bit-sinnaHobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. :)
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EtrianyaStudent Artisan Crafter
Congrats again! It is truly worthy of a DD!
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BraveBabysitterHobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful job. some of the pieces look like licorice :D
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Congrats on the DD. :D
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ToiimStudent Traditional Artist
I more or less have a mask fetish. This is so good.
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Gorgeous, just gorgeous. I'm also glad no snakes were harmed.
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Reminds me of Majora's Mask. Good job.
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bvanhornHobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the detail. This is incredible.
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Wow, thats incredible!
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FreakY-KiD-RoxYStudent General Artist
all the textures make me wanna touch it!!! *.*
good job!!
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AranovProfessional Artisan Crafter
That is absolutely strikingly gorgeous. I love the snake pattern with the silver and black. It stands out beautifully.
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LachtaubeProfessional Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! :)
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This is quite beautiful
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EllygatorHobbyist General Artist
Wow! Congratulations on your DD today! I was thrilled to see your beautiful creation adorn the DA page today!
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