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Autumn Leaf Wolf V1 by merimask Autumn Leaf Wolf V1 by merimask
Here's a brand new design that combines two of my favorite themes; a Timber Wolf mask that includes the "green man" motif. This version is a black wolf with dark gray highlights, adorned with a mask of red/gold autumn oak leaves.

Like all my masks, this is made from 8oz leather, hand carved and hand shaped with no molds, stamps or forms. I took great care to carve every hair, because I wanted this mask to be as detailed as possible. It's painted with a combination of acrylic stains and colorfast Liquitex acrylic paints and sealed with a clear coat for durability.

This is a signed, dated, numbered original; Autumn Leaf Wolf V1, available (until he is gone!) in my shop right now: [link]
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:iconkornfreak78:
kornfreak78 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
I absolutely love this mask.  Wolves are my favorite animals and red and black are my favorite colors so this is win-win.  Nicely done!
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VirginiaPK Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Is perfect!!!! ♥
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Dobrea Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
great :) I really like details and technique in your works in leather. And I'm a bit jealous :D because some time ago I tried myself to do something of this kind but... than I didn't have time and now I don't know if it is worthy to begin again :)
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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is so cool! I like the colors on it!
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JoManyNames Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my gosh! It's gorgeous? Do you do consignments? Cause short on cash now but SO would love a few of the wolf masks. I have wolves in various art forms all over my house. Thanks!!
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Neko-ChanWolfie Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Hi! I was wondering how you do the fur details on your mask?
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thetravelingbard Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oops, I forgot to attach a picture of what I was thinking of for a special order. I really liked the look of the mask this character was wearing in this artwork by anoki-doll.

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I was thinking a similar look ( autumn leaves, deer antlers) but maybe with a few Celtic designs carved into the antlers. Are you available for a special order, and if so, do you have any idea how much something like that look would cost? If there are reasons why you wouldn't want to make the mask so closely resembling the artwork (I'm not sure what all the rules are for making artwork based off other people's ideas. ) then I would totally be open to messing around with the design until we find something that works.

Either way, thanks so much. Again, sorry I had to post this here, but I was just having quite a bit of trouble with that on-line shop.
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thetravelingbard Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there, sorry, your website shop is giving me trouble with creating an account, ( keeps trying to send me confirmation letters over and over again even though I've confirmed a dozen times already) so I will have to ask my question here.

Do you charge extra for special orders? Do you have an average ball park for how long a mask usually takes to make? Complex ones will of course take longer, but I'm just asking because I need a mask for Halloween, so I'm just checking. Also, do you have a basic price starting point for special orders?

Thanks so much!
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SalyutSddW Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
I love it. The colours go really well together and that hint of gold brings out the feeling of autumn. I also particularly like the detail around the ears and around and between the eyes. The way the leaves flow outwards from the eyes draws a lot of attention to the centre and eyes of the mask, which gives it a very intense look.
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AviAngel-Flycir Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:iconimhappyplz: This is amazing
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Treyos Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Squee! *glomp* Er... I mean... that's really cool. <_< >_> *clears throat* *saunters off casually*

*runs back and hugs the mask*
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL thank you. :) You're too cool!
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Ceasarex-the-mage Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student General Artist
That is o AMAZING!!!
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DancingDragon18 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Beautiful mask - I mean, really eye catching. Leaf styling is brilliant. Especially the little ones you added into the ears!
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NightshadeXIV Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
This is a really beautiful mask! The color choices are perfect. I'm going to have to keep watch on your store for the next one available. Would look lovely next to my industrial anubis mask!
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! This one was so popular (lasted less than an hour in the shop) that I just finished a second. It's here: [link]
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NightshadeXIV Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Hooray, I love it and can't wait to get it in the mail now :)
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome! And it will be a lovely companion to your Anubis. :)
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AoiOokami516 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
It's a mask.. on a mask! WYUUAAT! Looks great though haha!
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portablekendall Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That is Amazing!!!!
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Solis-Starweaver Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student General Artist
pretty!!
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cskadoz Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012   General Artist
:wow: . . . . way cool!
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Rupert-Appleyard Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Artist
Fantastic, whoever brought it is VERY lucky!
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fallingrock70 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Awesome!
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farunderheaven Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
really beautiful! and it adds so much extra interest to the wolf mask^^
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fruitbatslyra Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This. Is. Beautiful...... :iconclapplz:
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naV3r Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I sooo want this!
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RiverEcho Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I adore this one, I really like the colors!
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kudos-praze Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love both of these masks. The red on this one particularly pops. :D
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lisa-sciannella Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
this colour combination is amazing. very dramatic!
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ArtbyMaryC Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my goodness, he is gorgeous!!!
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Juniper-Night Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A side thought: This strongly reminds me of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Like, I'm having a deja vu moment
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Juniper-Night Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! The leaf makes it stick out from all the other wolves masks in this group :)
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Zechira Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is my favorite mask you've done so far. The reds and subtleties of other tones are absolutely gorgeous.

I'm continually amazed by your work, but this tops them all. :D
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Wolf-Ninja001 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
stunning.
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lahielja Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
I love it !!! ^^
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Falkonide Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is so beauty *_*
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ToraNoKo123 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Your work is so lovely. One of these days when I actually have money I'm sooo commissioning you to make me a tiger mask. It will happen... I promise!
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :) Glad you like my work!
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ToraNoKo123 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
It's beautiful! I almost want to stop watching you because every mask I see I WANT!!! LOL but no money :/ Such beautiful, detailed work! You are incredibly talented and I am envious of you because of that!
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Vulpes-Vulpes-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I very much like your choice of colour, it's rather stunning compared to the glossy black backdrop of the main body. A good job as usual.
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I used a semi-transparent red dye for the leaves, which I think added luminosity since it lets the brightness and natural texture of the raw leather come through. :)
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Vulpes-Vulpes-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I only speak the truth! I agree on that, but what really grabbed my attention was the different shades, how it seems to go from an autumn red to a blazing gold, to somewhere in between. If you had stuck with one, solid colour, the mask would have been up to the usual standards, but it wouldn't have been the extra-ordinary thing it is now. It amazes me, how much you pay attention to detail, and I appreciate that. I'd appreciate it more if I had it in my hands, but lack of money prevents that.
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