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Iron Jaguar Leather Mask by merimask Iron Jaguar Leather Mask by merimask
This mask started as a special commission from my Etsy shop and then (as they sometimes do) seemed like such a Good Idea that I made more.

I'm calling it an Iron Jaguar, because the fur is highlighted by drybrushing silver & pewter paint over an entirely black mask. Then, I re-paint the spots in pure black again, for contrast.

A note of interest; I learned a long time ago that texture and carving is a great way to achieve cool effects when painting. I never use an airbrush, but I got very good at the drybrush technique (just a little paint on the brush, worked well into the brush & swiped gently across the top surface only). When used over handcarved leather, drybrushing really brings out the texture. That's how I get such realistic depictions of fur. All the hard work goes into meticulous carving of every hair...the detail shows when you drybrush a lighter color over a dark base. One of my little secrets. ;-)

This mask is available right now at my Etsy shop: [link]
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tauree94 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Photographer
Love this may I use it in a graphic deishgn project for my class?
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scougefan5000 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
wow it's nice
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kim-fuchs Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
How much are you selling it for? Because it is beyond awesome, and I am black jaguar obsessed.... :P
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OsanaiNeko Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
uiiiiii just amazing <3
i really love the way you colored the mask and the design is desperate good too
i swear i would give my right arm to wear this only one time *grin*
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AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010   General Artist
:heart:very beautiful....most of the catmasks I have seen don't really bring out the fur very effectively...I've never drybrushed on leather,it looks remarkable,I would never have guessed the material from the photograph,you have amazing skills!!:)
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I like tiny details...the only way (in my opinion) to paint fur realistically is to start with the texture, so the carved hairs are very important even in a monochromatic piece.
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Mishikaiya Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Gotta love that color.
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Wow! This one is very eyecatching. The metallic effect is superb and excellent contrast between the metallic and the spots!
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I thought so too. It was good but when I made the spots black again, it really popped.
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Yes, it certainly did!
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