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Fantasy Owl Leather Mask by merimask Fantasy Owl Leather Mask by merimask
I'm really excited about this mask. I've been wanting to update my old, tired version of a horned owl, but I didn't want to do the same old thing with it.

This design is based on a horned owl, but the ear tufts are exaggerated and more dramatic, and I added extra details in sharp metallic tones for a more fantastic approach. Very fun!

Like all my masks, this one is carved and shaped entirely by hand with no molds or forms from one piece of 8oz leather. It's painted with colorfast Liquitex acrylics in black and white with copper, gold, bronze and pewter details. Signed dated and numbered, this is "Fantasy Owl #2", available only at my online shop: [link]
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:iconleif75:
Leif75 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
So awesome. I want it!! >_<
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WhiteBlackBearSoup Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
This mask is so beautiful, I love the colors. This my favorite animal!
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Writer
:omfg: i am completely in love with this mask!! :heart:
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MasterKrypton Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very cool! this would have to be my favorite so far! You are so talented in making these beautiful masks!
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kjtgp1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
awesome!
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Timestitcher Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
*sigh* I've commented before, but I'll comment again. I just love this one. I still have it hanging out in my inbox so I will see it often. I'm so bummed because it would be a PERFECT accessory for a costume I am working on for a contest. The only problem is, I'm supposed to make everything myself, so I can't use it in the contest. :( I'm really hoping to attend a masquerade ball next Halloween and I would be wearing the gown again then, so maybe I'll just budget for it and order it then.
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MyntKat Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This work has been featured in the Artisan Crafts ABC as part of ^projecteducate. :)
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MyntKat Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, this one is gorgeous. I love the bold white on it, it really makes it stand out!
The ear tufts look a little flat next to the textured face, it might just be the angle of the shot though.
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candymax Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011   General Artist
very beautiful :heart:
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Falkenkralle Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It did turn out beautiful! :-) It looks like it is from a fantasy book, but keeps the realistic feeling as well ^^. And I love the metallic details :D
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rivergreys Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional Writer
Gorgeous!

I love this one. The drama of the mask while still paying attention to the natural beauty of a horned owl. It's got a great intensity too it. Instant love!
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EnigmaticEmpress Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous.
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dragona742 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is probably one of the best things you made since I know you. Really nice!
Perfect shape, great details, the white things around the eyes look really fancy, and the colour on the forehead is gorgeous!
Really, it made an impact on me when I saw it (it still does btw) and I just cant bring it better in words then this.
Congrats with this awesome job! :clap:
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Sekem-Miw Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
The detail!!! omg! Exquisite!
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW. I love this so much. It looks so fantastic and elaborate!
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deedragonlvr Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
This is awesome! How did you manage to get the eyes symmetrical? I find that part of mask making really difficult!
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FantasyWench Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, how pretty! I love the browns and golds. Have you ever had a request for a snowy owl?
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful new design!
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I always love seeing new unusual stuff from you.
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Treyos Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That is both really gorgeous and really cool, as well! Whoooo'd have thunk it?
Well, you, apparently... since you made it. ;)
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Wheezer82 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Very cool
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh man, this is gorgeous! :love: Owls are so unstoppably awesome, and you've really got the right details down in this fantasy version - everything that makes an owl an owl is done really well in this. The serious expresson, the round eyes, the eartufts and the short beak and oh, everything! [/owl-nerd]

The colours are really well done too. The metallic tones work really well in this, giving an extra flair to shades of brown that otherwise might have risked looking a bit dull.

This is definitely going on my :+fav: list. :D
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CostumesbyCourtney Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
This looks really unique.
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Mego-Sama-Lady-Sir Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this looks great! I love the colours X3
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Deadxgirlsxdance Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I just fell in love! This is absolutely beautiful. :]
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW! I've missed your artwork on Livejournal, but seeing this on DeviantArt - Wow, wow, wow, wow!!! This is amazing. Even on top of what I'm used to seeing from you, this is just so epic.
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iamfuturetrunks Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Cool I like it.
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Jangojips Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011   General Artist
Gorgeous! I love owls. This is truly spectacular.
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soul-rose Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
SOOOO COOL!!!
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
This is pretty cool, even if dramatized a bit, it leads balance to the overall silhouette and design.
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StrikeRedkite Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Loving the colours you chose here- it really does bear close resemblance to the Great Horned Owl's I've seen, but still contains those wonderful bits of Fantasy.
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Heidi-V-Art Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
Such an awesome mask and so very creative! :clap:
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PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:omfg: Stunning!
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Laitaliel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool!! :D
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cyborgagent017 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
He is amazing!!!
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cluecluefinder Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Fantastic craftsmanship!
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lahielja Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
lovely!
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XylidineGriffin Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I dub thee Muut!
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Vetriz Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Wonderful !!!
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ihni Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Wow. Oh wow. You know, every time I see an update from you I keep saying to myself "well it can't possibly be better than the last one", and yet often it is! LOOK at this. I just love the design of it and the colours seem so perfect.
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MrWerewolf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, beautiful!
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KirscheTea Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011   General Artist
wow, this is awesome! I've seen other takes on owl masks by different people, but I think this is my favorite so far. The exaggerated tufts are a great addition, and I adore the coloring - the metallic paint really brings it all together. Great work!
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wallawallabigguy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Another Wonder! Great work.
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Pointy-Eared-Fiend Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
This is just gorgeous!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Lupas-Deva Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Nice owl!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Timestitcher Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
This might be my favorite that you've made.
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wandering-dreamer Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
The colors are kinda steampunkish aren't they? Very cool!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think so too...all those golds & brassy copper. Thank you. :-)
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