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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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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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merimask Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! :-)
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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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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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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Maybe so. :-)
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