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]