This is my representation of an oni mask. An oni is a sort of demon-like creature in Japanese mythology.
Like all my pieces, this mask is carved out of several pieces of 8oz leather, three times the thickness of most Venetian-style leather masks. This allows me to carve the leather deeply, but requires me to shape the entire sculpture by hand with no use of molds or armatures.
I painted it with a variety of acrylic stains that are both waterproof and colorfast. I like to mix my own colors usually, but the bright gold that Liquitex makes was pefect for this design. I also do not use an airbrush...that's all done by hand.
This particular mask is appearing onstage in Japan, from October through mid-December of 2008. It is featured as part of the Muscle Musical "Magicarade" performance.
Many of these pieces are available for sale on my Etsy site; [link]