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Blue Venetian Raven Mask by merimask Blue Venetian Raven Mask by merimask
Just finished a new Venetian Raven. This one is black, blue and white, with gold details. I haven't done one of these in a while! They're actually very relaxing to make...not hard to shape, and I get into a Zen-like place when I'm drawing all those swirls on.

As ever, this is hand carved, hand shaped 8 ounce tooling leather. Painted with Liquitex acrylics. I use paint pens for the swirls (to save my sanity!).

This mask is available right now in my Etsy shop: [link]
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XxxNekoxShoujoxxX Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student General Artist
gorgeous! love the colours, and the gold swirls :3
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Anonymous-waffle Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous! I have been getting into masks a lot lately.
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dragona742 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely! I have just been to Venice myself (arrived back home yesterday) and I was soooo astonished by all of the masks. I bought one myself, handmade, and with sketches on it from a venetian artist. And there is just 1 of it ^^

Sorry, just had to share my story to somebody who appreciates venetian style too. Great mask :clap:
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petrova Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist
Stunning, as always!
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I wish I could afford this!
I have a friend who loves ravens, collects masks, and her fav colors are black and blue. ;p
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OakMyth Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Haha this is awesome! A month ago, we made one that looks very similar. Yay bird masks! :D
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ZaeavYeelell Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the shape to the blue around the eyes. Paired with the shape of the eyes it adds a LOT of personality.
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Moonstar37 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student General Artist
This is amazing!!! I would love to stalk to night in this, with a black cape and hat.
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PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Woohoo! Another Raven mask! I love your Raven masks. They're always so interesting to look at because of the swirls you put on them.
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oasiaris Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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:iconoasiaris:
oasiaris Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome!
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful!
I just wonder...What do you do if you accidentally mess up a swirl? Do you have to repaint a whole section of the base color so it blends in?
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
I really don't mess up. :-) I just take my time. It's hard to mess them up, since it's just a free-form design & not symmetrical.
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SwirlyEyesHypnotize Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous details! ^^
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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SwirlyEyesHypnotize Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome, my friend! ^^
Your masks are just masterpieces!
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Simply beautiful! You painting skills are astounding. I love the shape of this one too.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
My pleasure
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Nightbow Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Just looking at the swirls is equally mesmerizing and relaxing! Great work as always c:
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Yep, the swirls make me zone out.
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wind-hime-kaze Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
i have see this and before read the title thinked on venecia (i don't know how to spell it on english ^^U)

all the details were very nicely done, i love it

=^^= =^^= =^^=
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Venitian...as in "from Venice".
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wind-hime-kaze Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
thanks for the aclaration ^^

i have a mixture of languages in my mind and sometimes the word i need only came to me in the wrong language ^^U

=^^= =^^= =^^=
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EyesLikeAbsinthe Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful detail and colours :dalove:
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Mishikaiya Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The brilliance of your work never ceases to amaze.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much. :-)
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Medallion2012 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that's beautiful!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Ferngirl Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I tried making a couple masks myself. I still need some practice though. ^-^' I think if I carved some patterns into the leather, that would look a little more interesting.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It takes practice. :-)
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:iconferngirl:
Ferngirl Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll bet. ^-^' I'll need more than my one sheet of lather to get at all decent.
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LordRavenOrion Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Absolutely beautiful!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think that there is any colour that wouldn't look gorgeous on this style of mask. Beautiful job, as always!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Yeah, it seems to especially need black and white though...without that it doesn't work.
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The black and white do seem to bring it together. Maybe reversing them would lead to interesting results? :D
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Jenndragon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
oh :love: I simply love your designs! The color placement and decorations are always perfectly placed :heart: Well done!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Jenndragon Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
You're welcome ^^
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ShadowofRavens Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist
Your raven masks are always my favorite! Being a raven lover myself that is. I love this color combination on this one! And your swirls are so sharp and clean! Amazing amazing job!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How long does it usually take you to do all the swirls?
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hmm...I think about a half-hour? Hard to say. I tend to zone out when I do them.
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, that's quicker than I thought.
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GoCkillaz Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Student General Artist
omg, this is effing beautiful! Looks so pretty! <3
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely elegant colors and light pattern!
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