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Dragon of Strength + Gratitude by merimask Dragon of Strength + Gratitude by merimask
This dragon is the final progression I've been working towards, with my Asian flame motif. I'm really happy with it.

It was made as a very special gift for someone who inspired me. I tried to thank him once with words. He is so intrinsically Japanese that he brushed it off..."No, no. I'm just an ordinary person"

Maybe the truth is, no one is ordinary. Maybe the truth is, we all have it inside us to be better than we think we are, and to inspire. Even if it's by competing in an obstacle course, or making something beautiful, or making a new friend, or being a good mother, or reaching out in little ways that make the world a kinder place for someone...even just for a minute. You never know when you're being extraordinary.

I hope when he sees this dragon, he'll understand that.
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:icontakimara:
Takimara Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Artist
how much!?! O^O XD
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Sinderfox2196 Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
amazing design and thought =)
great job!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! :-)
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:iconluusan:
Luusan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Perfection. <3
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DopeHat6 Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
This is soo beautiful. I'm in awe.
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DopeHat6 Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
This is soo beautiful. I'm in awe.
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Cosmic-Castaway360 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
this is really pretty!!! how did you do the scales? some kind of template? or just paint effects?
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :-)

Actually the scales are 3-dimensional...impressions made right in the leather. I use a little tool called a "mule foot". It's supposed to be used to stamp scalloped edges in Western carved leather belts, but I find that with careful placement it makes pretty nice scales. :-)
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freakdearts Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Student Filmographer
perhaps everything we do is not by us ourselves but by something else doing them through us and we are only channels conduits... or maybe I'm just mad :D
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Maybe so. :-)
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:iconhallonnie:
Hallonnie Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HI :wave: Featured this in my Journal. [link]
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
That was very sweet of you...thank you. ^_^
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:iconhallonnie:
Hallonnie Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome.
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:iconphathemp:
Phathemp Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh my, so very beautiful
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I was very happy with it. :-)
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Ja-Kitsu-Ryou Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! This is absolutely exquisite...the detail of the flames curling around its face and the subtle gold with the striking black and blue is simply too much for words. I am completely honest when I say that you are no ordinary person either. You have stepped into the extraordinary and inspire others withh the magic of your finger tips, I can only imagine the great gift of your personality. A truly beautiful work, surely your friend will understand. :D
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww...thanks so much! I am pretty happy with this mask. It feels like the best I could do, so I'm satisfied.
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Ja-Kitsu-Ryou Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
a pleasure :D
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:iconcrystania:
Crystania Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
It locks really amazing,compliments!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. ^_^
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Myunfelia Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, this one is amazing, allthough I love the other asian flame dragons too. I think he will feel very special when he sees this. :)
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! It was quite a project...
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:iconzephroth:
Zephroth Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
again diggen the black and blue motife. so many intricacies it doesnt even look like its leather. it almost looks ceramic and delicate.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you...I do hear that a lot. Many people think it's made of plastic or latex or really anything but leather (which is why I let folks try them on at shows).
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Zephroth Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Im a very hard art critique person. I tear apart art. but with these masks I really cant find anything that's a problem with these masks. The picture seems a bit grainy but that's not what you posted, you posted a mask lol XD. Im gonna have to get off of here before I start critiquing the picture lol.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
You know...you're right. I had to take that picture indoors because the weather outside was terrible, but I do far prefer natural lighting.

I took a new picture (outside) & uploaded it (fortunately I still haven't mailed this dragon!)...perhaps it's better.
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lainwicked Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
just beautiful, that is surely a wonderful gift!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I do hope he likes it...
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Treyos Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent detailing! I like the antler-style horns; it makes it different but still looks natural.

And we're all extraordinary. Some of us just don't know it. ;) I'm betting this gift will leave him speechless.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much...I read a description of the Asian dragon once; they are supposed to have scales like a fish, whiskers like a catfish, antlers like a stag & the eyes of a god...so I thought I'd go really traditional with this particular mask. ^_^

I do hope he likes it...this person really changed my life & deserves something special.
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Treyos Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
You'll have to let us know how he reacts!
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jendorfski Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009   Traditional Artist
I think this is the best one! The detail of the scales is beautiful! :heart:
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I hope it is the best...can't really tell 'cause I've been working on it for so long that I've lost my objectivity. That's what sites like this are good for; reality checks. ;-)
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xXx-Twisted-xXx Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Wow, just wow this piece is freaking amazingly beautiful.

:) :+favlove:
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I needed it to be very special...a lot of planning went into this design.
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xXx-Twisted-xXx Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Oh I can tell alot of planning went into it, its awesome! :dance:
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tallydragon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Wow. Okay, this one is my favorite (and I *really* like purple). The eye ridges are what do it for me; they give it that extra little bit of character that makes it shine. And the curly whiskers of course. ^_^
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I was pretty happy with it...been working towards this one for weeks now.
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MGMags Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
WOW! This is absolutely beautiful! The care and love you put into your work is clearly evident. Stunning.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! It's a very special mask...I wanted it to be perfect.
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:iconmgmags:
MGMags Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
You're welcome. :) It certainly is amazing.
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Smileodon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
very beautiful color combo <3
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I love blue, gold & black together. Hard balance, mixing a blue that wasn't too dark to go with the black, but was dark enough to contrast with the gold. Whew!
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GAVade Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009   Digital Artist
Very nice, the scale detail is great...
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I made extra-tiny scales on this one 'cause I wanted it to be very special.
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AngeloftheLabyrinth Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
I like the gold paired up with the black. It's very subtle and very pretty.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you...gold & black looks rich & striking to me. Glad you like it too! ^_^
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Lhene-Amira Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Student Writer
Wow, so beautiful! I can really see the love you put into this one; it's excellent.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much. ^_^ It was a very special mask.
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