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Galapagos Short-Eared Owl Mask by merimask Galapagos Short-Eared Owl Mask by merimask
Sometimes, I get requests for custom designs that just open my eyes to something I never heard of before.

Like this guy.  A Galapagos Short-Eared owl.  Look them up...they're the prettiest birds I've ever seen.  All barred and gold and black with every gradient in between possible.  Who ever heard of these birds?  Not me.  Thank you, informed clientele. 

Only trouble was that the plumage is insidiously complicated.  There was just no way to simplify (much).  Once I started carving the feather patterns, it seemed to never end.  And that meant the painting was equally a monumental task.

Meaning, this is not a bird I'm going to do often (if ever again).  So here's your chance at #2 of this design.  #1 went home to the guy with the idea in the first place. 

Available here: www.etsy.com/listing/195575688…
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anglrios Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
amazing 
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
So unique! Both the bird and the mask... it's not wonder you could give it so much justice! If anyone could, you would be the one!
I find this mask even more alluring because of the subtlety of the beak/face shape that really mirrors a human form.. this would be the mask that the sexy mysterious man would wear at the masquerade. I's' the most unique and powerful, without having to use a lot of empty decoration and flamboyance. A show of elegance and confidence!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much!  :)  Yes, I agree, owls make great mask subjects because their faces are structured like human faces; flat with forward-facing eyes.  It just works well.
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lonewylfe Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
I think you did an amazing job capturing all that detail! Such cute little guys :owl: 
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!  :)  They are cute aren't they?  And a little fierce looking too. 
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SolarCake Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Oh that's very well made! 
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you.  :)
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