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Grinning Cat Mask by merimask Grinning Cat Mask by merimask
Curiouser and curiouser. Here's a new design inspired by John Tenneil's original "Cheshire Cat" illustrations for Alice in Wonderland...a "Grinning Cat" mask.

Depicting a British domestic shorthair silver tabby with a creepy kitty grin, this mask is carved from one piece of 8oz tooling leather. Like all my masks, it is hand carved and shaped with no molds or forms, heat-set, and painted with colorfast Liquitex acrylics.

This mask is available right now (until it disappears!) in my Etsy shop: [link]
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:iconsuicybe:
suicybe Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
id love to commission you for this!
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dethchikkin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
awwwwww.... i was looking for a cheshire mask and this is the best one ive found :/
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WaffleDUH Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Rude <.<
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dethchikkin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
*and its not there for sale....... :(
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Alphacopperhead Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Awesome picture! I was thinking of using it for a project of mine, would that be cool with you?
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Lamya2 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this mask. It is the perfect amount of creepy adorableness.
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Michiru-Harada Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I would adore one in black with white stripes lol!
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Otaku-Master101 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:la: reminds me of the chesshire cat! :D :iconlawooplz:
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:iconmaskedconfusion:
MaskedConfusion Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
While reading the FAQ of your comission work I saw that no mask is a full face mask- except this one?
Does this design cover all of the face from forehead to chin or does it just look that way from the angle?

Thank-you in advance.~
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:iconkomodithrax:
komodithrax Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
I totaly love your masks, especially the one from spirited away.
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Gurg30 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Ah I think you sold it! How much was it and would you make another one to order? I wouldn't be able to get it right now, but sometime down the road perhaps? It's an amazing mask!
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CivilWarLaserGuns Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Amazing!
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:iconswirlyeyeshypnotize:
SwirlyEyesHypnotize Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"And then there was...a smiling cat."
"I didn't know cats could smile."
"Neither did I..."
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:iconpergasatory:
PergasAtory Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Chester Cat
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rowanshadowcat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
That's gorgous.
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:iconancient:
ancient Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah the grin makes it epic <3
I might even look for the original Cheshire Cat illustration now that you made this :3nod:
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:iconthalath:
thalath Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks AWESOME. If I had money, I would totally buy one like this. Really cool! I love all your masks. :)
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Pyore Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Wonderful silver tabby...the whiskers and the carved pelt are wonderful filigrane...and i looooove the grin! The cheshire cat is my favourite in the book :) Odd, mad and curiouse!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute! I love your latest!
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:iconhel999:
hel999 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
This totally reminds me of the girl 's mask in the anime Texhnolyze [link] - great job!
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WinndyCakes Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
That is fabulous. 8D It'd be fabulous to see a brightly colored version of this, though not necessarily in Disney fashion. <3 So cool. x3
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Alex-In-Wonder Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
This is wonderful!:D
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KittieShade Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Wow!!! That's very interesting and I remember the design for the Cheshire Cat. Nice work. Another work I'm jealous of. lol.
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DArtJunkie Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Oh maaaan......Cheshire is my absolute favorite character in the Alice books. I did a pink version a while back, but this....this is brilliant. LOVE the grin.
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gwosatum Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how devious it looks. :blowkiss:
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Ka-zuki Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Would totally yoink it if it was done in Tim Burton's Chesire colors.
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jan3ll3 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
wow, meow! (: u should give your cat a bit of a start with this... bc cats r fun like that and if u don't have a cat- u should wear it round outside till u do give a particular local cat a fright (: that's a good way to know if your masks work ... that's what i do with my dog and cat,lol~ then give them a leather scrap to play with or eat and they're totally happy again, pLuS~ u got a wonderful natural critique (: hahaha <3 #1
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LeChatSarrat Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
hm, I just may try that XD
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flufdrax Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm loving the semi-tribal style of the forehead stripes. The teeth though, look a touch close together for my tastes. It's a great mask :)
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I am also to inform you that my mother thinks it is amazing, and wants it for Halloween :3
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well tell your Mom I said thank you! Also, tell her to order early; last year I actually had to shut down orders in Sept because I was totally swamped.
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LeChatSarrat Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
0_-;
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: You know, that was the very first thing I thought of when I had seen the thumbnail, and my only reason for thinking "naw, it must be something else" was because it wasn't Disney purple and pink :giggle:

Absolutely fabulous - I can imagine the cat mouth in this angle and shape being a real trick to figure out, but you did it perfectly!!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I always prefered the original Tenneil illustrations by far over Disney's weirdness. Tenneil's art was subtle and beautiful and so intricate.
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myeyesinthemirror Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
ok with all the Alice in Wonderland stuff going on i'm suprised you didnt make one of those cat masks in purple or a catapillar one
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merimask Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not into Disney's version of "Alice" in the least. I always prefered the original Tenneil illustrations by far over Disney's weirdness. Tenneil's art was subtle and beautiful and so intricate.
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myeyesinthemirror Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah but that would an interesting mask
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lots of people already make them...this person for example:
[link]

I don't like copying Disney's stuff. It's all copyright protected & they will sue if they find you.
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myeyesinthemirror Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
those are all very corny looking
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:iconlechatsarrat:
LeChatSarrat Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
o_O me no likey that purple mask at all -_- its...
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Goagleon Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's great! Love the detail and the eerie smile. I'd love to see a picture of this mask on someone. It'd be creepy!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hopefully there are pictures coming. :-)
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:iconlechatsarrat:
LeChatSarrat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
omgomgomgomg Tenniel Perfection X3 another masterpiece exquisite beyond words
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Not quite a copy of Tenneil's cat, but in keeping with his skewed realism anyway. :-)
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HellxAbovexHeaven Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow amazing mask! Are you open for trades or requests for masks?
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. I sell them on my Etsy site (link in sig below).
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastically sinister kitty grin and another gorgeous mask in general! :D
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much. :-)
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure. :)
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Gogelmogel Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
durrhurr need something like this. xD will go all around the neighborhood and scare people out of their houses. xD

I love it. ^____^
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