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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]
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Given 2010-10-02
This daily deviation is featured as part of leatherwork week to raise awareness of this amazing craft.
Great Serpentine Dragon Mask by *merimask is just one of the many amazing works in this artist's gallery. The unique style and elaborate details make each of the masks in *merimask's gallery really stand out. ( Featured by MyntKat )
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Azraellis Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is my personal favourite colour scheme. Just stunning.
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:iconineedamaster:
INeedAMaster Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Student Photographer
how do you twist the horns like that?
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:iconancient-hoofbeats:
Ancient-Hoofbeats Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Student General Artist
You've been featured in an article called "Creation Creation: Arts & Crafts Feature"! [link]
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AnthonyDevine Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
your work is certainly awesome. keep up the good work ;)
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you...I love your stuff too! :-)
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:iconbit-sinna:
Bit-sinna Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist 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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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for the feature! :-)
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:iconbit-sinna:
Bit-sinna Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. :)
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:iconetrianya:
Etrianya Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Congrats again! It is truly worthy of a DD!
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:iconbravebabysitter:
BraveBabysitter Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful job. some of the pieces look like licorice :D
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:iconblue-bossa:
Blue-Bossa Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Congrats on the DD. :D
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:icontoiim:
Toiim Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I more or less have a mask fetish. This is so good.
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:iconchargal4:
Chargal4 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Gorgeous, just gorgeous. I'm also glad no snakes were harmed.
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:iconmanty64:
Manty64 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Reminds me of Majora's Mask. Good job.
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:iconbvanhorn:
bvanhorn Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the detail. This is incredible.
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:iconspiiralart:
SpiiralArt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Wow, thats incredible!
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:iconasimalator:
asimalator Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Cool mask.
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FreakY-KiD-RoxY Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student General Artist
all the textures make me wanna touch it!!! *.*
good job!!
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:iconaranov:
Aranov Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional 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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:iconburdensdown:
burdensdown Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
awesome
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:iconlachtaube:
Lachtaube Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! :)
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:iconkazumasoju:
kazumasoju Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
This is quite beautiful
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:iconhakins:
hakins Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awesome!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist 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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StephiebooX Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
spectacularios
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:iconblack-feather:
Black-Feather Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Holy cow!!! That is so incredible!!!
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DestroyerResplendent Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Excellent design.
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mattroper Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Are you selling these? You should be. I know that there is definitely a market for one off masks of this quality, there has to be. Great work!
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MyntKat Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Check the artist description, there's a link to her shop. :)
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Rowanelle Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
All your work is great. This is fantastic!
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
incredible work
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:iconpetrova:
petrova Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist
Hey, I just saw it got a DD, congrats!
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:iconelnamis:
Elnamis Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is incredible! I love it!
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omae-wa-neko Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student General Artist
the design was well sculpted.. im amazed. o.o
and just realized that leather masks are pretty interesting art category.. all of them are awesome..
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true-soldier Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, they're really into masks this week.
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RandalTheVandal Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010   Interface Designer
sickness
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Avaruus Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Student General Artist
The snake pattern really is gorgeous, and your style is ever so strong. I'm trying to see how everything fits together, though - it just can't be made of one piece!
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merimask Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
True...this design has separate eyebrow and snout pieces, just small ones. The rest is one piece including horns and mane...the detail is all carved. :-)
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Avaruus Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Student General Artist
Ah, it was the eyebrow pieces that really got me. :) I couldn't find how it really worked until now! It's all so smooth. :)
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JaimeGervais Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Just stunning! :D
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :-)
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kamisch42 Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No friggin' way! That mask is totally awesome!!!! :love: So it's all made out of leather? Even he black swirly parts? Man...I had a hard enough time making my paper mache owl mask last year :roll: If I could afford the results of your talent, time, and labour, I'd buy one of these in a heartbeat...best friggin' masks I've seen in here. :+favlove:
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :-) Yep, that's all leather. It's a very versatile sculpting medium if you practice with it for a bit.
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Moore-Girls Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Amazing! I love the snake pattern!! =D
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :-)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Marvelous work. Now that you're letting yourself create to the limits of your ability with your truly ambitious pieces, I am just stunned at what is possible!
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merimask Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm still poor <G> but at least I'm having fun making really exciting things that I like. Something good is bound to come of that. Right?
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think so. Once you can really put all your passion into something, I find that unexpected things happen!
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jourmungand Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Very nice! I love the color pattern :D.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much...glad you like it! :-)
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