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Custom Swan Mask by merimask Custom Swan Mask by merimask
So, I was commissioned to make a swan mask yesterday, and I liked the idea SO MUCH that I went ahead and stayed up all night to make it. I'd done a full swan mask (with the entire figure of the swan on the face...see my last entry) but this had to be a swan head...with a beak.

So, it's stylized with an understated beak, and embellished with ermine heraldic designs (since this is for a medieval masquerade), and I think it turned out pretty neat!

As ever, hand carved, hand shaped leather, painted with Liquitex acrylics.

Custom work like this can be requested from my online shop: [link]
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MyntKat Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, I really like the way you made the beak here, it looks a bit like a fusion between a beak and a nose, it suits the mask really well.
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petrova Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist
Looks really nice!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool animal to put into a mask! I like the heraldic designs.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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draconis-regena Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
My first thought was what dutchess or duke was going to wear this? :D Would really look interesting with the inverted ermine which looks like a tribal marking. Heh.
Love it.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) True! I hope it's a hit at the event she'll be wearing it at.
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draconis-regena Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
Spelling fail. Sorry.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:-) I do it all the time too.
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Falkenkralle Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's a neat idea. :-) I think the beak turned out very well, it must have been difficult. Love the silver pattern for a medieval look.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I had to make a repeating pattern of those "ermine" spots...took forever to get them uniform!
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Jangojips Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010   General Artist
SO BEAUTIFUL! Wow!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
... Whoah. o.O That's a pretty damned cool idea. Don't get me wrong here - all of your masks are pretty awesome - but there's something undeniably unique about a swan-mask - possibly because it doesn't strike me as the sort of bird that most people would like a mask of. Raptors are more popular.

I like the way you designed it. :)
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) That's true...not many swans out there. I steered away for so long 'cause the idea of suck a "beaky" face seemed unattractive. Making a smaller stylized beak helps, though.
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
The whooper swan is "prettier" than the mute swan (the whooper lacks the bulging forehead of the mute swan, though it's got a pretty weirdly shaped beak still), but yeah, I agree - most swans, like most ducks, look less pretty and more hilarious.
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Opeiko-Blue Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Student General Artist
Really nice work and great idea! :p
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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