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Demon Dog Mask by merimask Demon Dog Mask by merimask
Well, here's a mask I made a few years ago but never properly photographed...so I thought I'd rectify the situation today.

This is a leather mask based on the "Inuyasha" manga/anime series. Sesshoumaru, as a demon dog. I was waaay into the manga until it ended earlier this year (well, not as into it as I used to be...frankly it went on & on & on much longer than it needed to. A sort of manga-as-soap-opera situation there). Still, Sess was always one of my favorite characters. He was a really pretty guy who would turn into a giant dog youkai, in my opinion he looked like a gigantic saluki with interesting face paint.

So anyway yeah...fits in with my Japanese theme 'cause it's based on anime!

Visit my online Etsy shop here: [link]
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:iconlucienvox:
LucienVox Featured By Owner May 6, 2011   General Artist
A Sesshoumaru Mask!!! So friggin awesome!
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sachikolin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
lol. sesshy!!
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Pos-Sess-ed Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all your masks, but I'm gonna fav this one because this is the mask that introduced me to your work a long time ago. (It was on a mutual friend's lj after she purchased it.)

You're so talented!
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BlackDog624 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
hey. its from inuyasha!
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kibafan1232 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Student General Artist
how long does it take you to make them
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XxMoonlight-1-WishxX Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Its sesshomaru! lol thats good!
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DoctorLovecat Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
SESSY! :XD: It actually kinda looks like his mom too. Nice job.
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Kitrei-Sirto Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg its sesshoumaru i love it!
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noctro Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!!!
would love to see this mask from some different angles though ^^
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Capricornstudio Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
SESHI!!!!!!! <3 :P
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AliChan104 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing and to find a mask from a character off of my alltime favorite show; im so blown away
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Nira-hearts-you Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Student Artist
oh...so...cool...
words cannot properly describe it.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! ^_^
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Overlord-Jaime Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
All of your masks are so amazing. I have one question: some of them look like they have texture, do you emboss/tool your leather?
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, almost all of my masks are tooled & carved by hand. I use a 1/4 angle ceramic swivel blade.
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Elegant-Ruin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awww I actually want that one
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animeloving-Okami Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
lol thats very amusing and very amazing XD great job it looks so fun to wear :P
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LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Wonderful job on the mask of Sessho-Maru's inu youkai dog form in the Inu-Yasha manga. Never seen the anime version of Inu-Yasha yet. The manga's always better than the anime in my opinion. My favorite couple in the series was Inu-Yasha and Kagome. I did like Sessho-Maru even though I usually go for the heroes. :wow: =D
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Lord44 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing
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roseredautumn Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
*flails* all of your mask are gorgeous, but I lovvvve sesshou. I like the ears!
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Aren't his ears cute? Sort of like a cocker spaniel from hell... ;-)
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bickywerewolf-su Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
i wants it sooooooo bad:heart:
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have an Etsy shop... ;-)
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purplerebecca Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yay a Sess mask! Awesome. :)
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hee! Yeah...you know me; I'm a sucker for cute guys & dogs so...
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GaJa-BaT Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
Super cool how U made it.^^
I´m so impress.:+fav:
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. ^_^
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Loooove his fluffy ears!
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! He's supposed to be a tough guy but his ears just make him look sweet.
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Libberachi Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008   Digital Artist
I agree with the person who said that the show would have been a really awesome and inspiring series had they cut out all the unnecessary filler crap and slimmed it down to twenty episodes or so - I'd actually been thinking the same thing myself, lol. I'd have also liked them to not make Inu Yasha's sword so humongous and had him rely on it so much. It would have been cooler to have him do the blades of blood/iron reaver chant more and make the sword smaller, that way when he actually wielded the thing it would be much cooler and meaningful.

There's a lot more I could rant and rave about but I won't - I haven't even seen the whole series yet and haven't gotten through the manga scans, either. ;)

I WILL say that I thoroughly enjoy this. It made me really happy to see this in my watch list today. I'm not a huge Sesshoumaru fan, but I really wish they had done more with him, to be honest with you. He was a very interesting character and I wish they had taken better advantage of that.

It's a real shame the creator of the series didn't do a better job and cut out all the soap opera angst and unnecessary filler crap, it was an incredibly fantastic idea, really.
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, it's too bad about that anime. It got rather silly in places. That's why I basically stuck to the manga. The first season of the anime was great; very good animation & no filler at all; they followed the manga almost exactly. Then, I guess they lost that director & the whole thing got very "DragonBall Z".
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KosherSoulMachine Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
It's beautiful; I'm not familiar with the show very much but it is still a lovely and appealing mask regardless.
May I ask what is the material in the eyes?
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. ^_^

No material in the eyes...they're just open eyeholes. You might be seeing the back of the mask through one of them, possibly, in the pic.
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KosherSoulMachine Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
Oh yes, now I see. Very cool, wonderful work. Thanks for your reply!
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LadySianna2 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
I love your mask! I have a bit of a Sesshoumaru facination ya know. The mask is adorable.
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. ^_^ I always had a thing for Sess too. Something about the way he'd kill someone without even batting an eyelash...very sexy (in a manga, anyway).
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Ebeho Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
If only Inuyasha had a dog demon form... But Sesshoumaru was awesome, this mask is way cool!
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I liked Ses's dog form but I could never quite figure what kind of dog. Sort of like a giant Saluki or a big white setter...who knows?
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Libberachi Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008   Digital Artist
From what I understand, he and Inu Yasha were supposed to be Akita Inus (NOT American Akitas), which is why Inu Yasha's ears looked more like cat's ears than dog ears and why they were floppy when he was little. They're really beautiful bear-headed dogs, they basically look like big Shiba Inus. More information here: [link]

They stylized the hell out of Sesshoumaru's "true" form to look like an old Japanese fairy tale painting. (Think like Foo dogs) In fact the entire show has little bits of that stylization mixed in with standard anime/manga stuff. (The stylized cloud-things on Sess's two-headed dragon mount's feet and on Kirara's feet when they fly, for example)
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tallydragon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Oh My God. I love you! I have a slight, eensy, teeny-tiny all-consuming Sesshoumaru obsession (particularly with his glorious dog-form), and you have made me deleriously happy. It is gorgeous. (I want!)
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hee! Sess was the bomb. The big handsome bomb with long stupid pretty hair.

E-mail me if you're seriously interested in this one. It's just sitting in a box here...
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Der-Fuchsprophet Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
The only bad thing about Inu Yasha is the fact that if you discarded the filler and compacted the series, not only would it be less diluted, it would probably be beautifully delivered within twelve to twenty episodes.

Hundreds of episodes. SO UNNECESSARY. Gave it a Dragon Ball Z thing.

Hahah, your favorite aspect is mine, too. I always thought that his big dog form was a bit lacking, though. I had hoped it to be more impressive and more frequent.

So boring. (sighs)
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah...I was more a reader of the manga scans than a follower of the anime ('cause it got really stupid & it started to hurt my brain). I loved the traditional "monogatori" aspect of the story but it just got silly after a while. Still...Sess was cool & very beautiful so he remained my favorite right to the end.
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Der-Fuchsprophet Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
He was the only interesting aspect, to me. The dog demon design was very... fun. I always liked it. Inutaisho or whatever the father's name was, was also of interest to me. Giant doggies, arf arf. Fun to draw.

...I think my soul would cave in from sheer delight if Yun Kouga took the story and redid it. Oh god it'd be so beautiful if she did. (blissful dreams)

Ahem. But yeah. If one were to shorten the series and make the storyline and all more potent rather than spreading it all out over hundreds of chapters/episodes, it'd be more successful. :/
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Angel-Asariel Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
This is amazing! Sessy was my fav in the Inuyasha series too! And you're right...the series did last much longer than need be...>.>

But this is an awesome mask!
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sess was the best thing in that series, IMO. Darn thing just went on & on...I began to resent having to follow it 'cause really, it would have been a much better story if it had only lasted a year or two.
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Angel-Asariel Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
Exactly! A shorter series would have been so much better!!!

I now will really only watch my favorite episodes or the ones with Sessy and Koga in them...
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Goldenwolf18 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like its ears!!
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
They are cute and furry! ^_^
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Goldenwolf18 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yush X3!!
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