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Great Asian Dragon 2010 by merimask Great Asian Dragon 2010 by merimask
Well, this dragon gave me troubles, I can tell you that. The last time I made this design was years ago...perhaps four, and I just couldn't replicate it. I actually had a mask misfire (it slumped and crimped and went lopsided so badly during the shaping process that I had to throw it away), and it destroyed my courage for a while.

But I was only daunted for a little while. I re-visited the old design and changed some things, and this new version of the old mask is, I think, MUCH better. It flows better and has more balance, and I even jacked up the colors a bit more too. All in all, I think it was worth the extra effort. ^_^

This mask is made entirely of 8oz tooling leather...hand carved and hand shaped like all my masks. Painted with bright Liquitex acrylics. There's a large dark blue goldstone cabochon, backset in the forehead, for extra sparkle!

This mask was commissioned from my online Etsy shop: [link]
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Zimnio Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Im curious... When did you get into mask making? You seem so prefesional! Im just a 13 year old wanting to find an art i could really get into.
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SwirlyEyesHypnotize Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, astounding work, my friend! 8D
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DaleksinWonderland Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow! Beautiful! Stunning! Molto bene! Like Asia and Venice at the same time!
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Crazyhedgy Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Wow, so many different colors. Its amazing they all coperate. :iconcheerplz:
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Aerisonus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The details in the scales and the bold, glorious colors on this blow me away with awe!
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Chaos-esp Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
can someone weaar this? or its not a wearable mask?
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep, totally wearable. It weighs less than 12 ounces.
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Chaos-esp Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
woah..i want one sooo badly!
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Bleed4Love Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
I love it! It's just gorgeous. Such wonderful, bright colors. You did an excellent job on it! Sorry your first try didn't do well.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks just mythical!
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petrova Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist
It looks so fresh, it just pops out of the screen! :love:
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noctro Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay! that's my mask ^^
Haha can't wait to recieve it!

Awesome work Andrea! =D
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gwosatum Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love those bright colors!
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this mask is probably the most amazing one I've seen from you. I love the layering on the snout, and the huge stone looks great.
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dragona742 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really nice!
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Those are some lovely colours, alright. Usually, gold and silver don't really work together on the same piece, but the way you've combined them with red and blue makes it work. :)
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KittieShade Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
brilliant colours! This is a MUST LOVE! and a considered order! I'm planning on buying a mask for someone's birthday because I love your work! Just gotta do more animal research of what he likes lol.
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ZaeavYeelell Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
::sighs:: Ohh, WOW!
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arowolf Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
I really love this design. The way the red has alittle gold to the edges is just so neat. and the way the gold looks is just so rich.
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Copper3Wolf11 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
I think this is very well done. I love red with the orange tips around the face!! :)
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Asian/Oriental Dragon!! :D
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bampot Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
So beautiful! You inspire me every day! I can't wait to see what you create next!
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Mandinga91 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
absolutly beautiful!i love this one is great!
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Mishikaiya Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is brilliantly done. And so gorgeous.
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ShadowofRavens Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist
Love love love the bright colors on this. And I adore the backgrounds you take your pictures on. They bring much zen to the picture. :3 How are the pieces like the eyebrows and the nose hairs attached? Or are they simply part of the whole piece of leather? Either way this is PHENOMINAL! :la:
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, your hard work certainly paid off!
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Jangojips Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010   General Artist
Beautiful! I love the jacked up colors!
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quirkyslayer Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
That's gorgeous. The blue really works well with the red. Love it!
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Mego-Sama-Lady-Sir Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
wow D: this is absolutely stunning!
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FantasyWench Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
great job! i love the jewel in the forehead!
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lonewylfe Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
The colors are so brilliant and vivid! Reminds me of the Chinese dragons at their festivals. It's quite beautiful.
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Kalyetor Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Skills, as per usual.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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CaptainSeawolf Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010   General Artist
BEAUTIFUL! Seriously the crest, the horns, the stone in the forehead, the colors, wow, this is phenomenal especially with how you make these masks! I am sure this masks owner will be overjoyed to have this arrive at their home!
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you...yes, I hope she likes it! She was very kind and patient while I worked out the kinks.
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Starcraft3000 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful mask
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Starcraft3000 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
you´re welcome
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Radequdais Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
WOOW. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL mask. <333 x a million!
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Glad you like it. :-)
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MyntKat Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, this one's a lot more colorful than I am used to from you. I love it though, the colors match each other very well. It reminds me of the mask you have in your avatar. :D
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Yes, that's actually the same mask, sort of. I did make a few carving and shaping changes.

I went to a Chinese Lantern Festival four years ago and it inspired me; all the dragons were like this...multicolored and REALLY fantastical. This mask comes closer to that kind of Eastern dragon than any other I've done.
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MyntKat Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, the Asian dragons often look so magically colorful, I love it! I was never brave enough to try these bold color combinations for anything myself, though. :D
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Aonalion Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Student General Artist
oh, but it's beautiful! :)
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I'm quite happy with it now that I've tamed it.
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