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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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Ka-zuki Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
This is lovely.
The colors you chose are quite a nice touch. :3
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much. :-)
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EyesLikeAbsinthe Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful job. :love:
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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FantasyWench Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow honey that is great!!!!
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I need to do a tiger like this, too... *muses*
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FantasyWench Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
/agree
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GoCkillaz Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Student General Artist
WOW. This caught my eye while I was looking through my messages. How AWESOME!
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm pretty happy with it too...I want to do an Iron Tiger like this, eventually.
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GoCkillaz Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Student General Artist
you should! White Tiger would be cool, too! :D
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blur-turtle Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you for sharing your dry bush technique. i was going to ask if was airbrushed. =D
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep! Most of my best effects are a combination of cool tooling & paint that shows off the tooling. Not so much the painting alone.
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blur-turtle Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
i will keep this in mind for my current project which is a mask of a great horned owl. think there is a lot of potential to really work in some awesome tooling. although i might drive myself crazy with all the feather work lol.
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PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
VERY excellent! ^^ say, could you post a pic of you wearing that fennec fox mask? i wanna see how big the ears are. x33
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

I don't have a fennec right now but as soon as I make another, I'll take a pic. Based on the flattened pattern, the ears are 10 inches long.
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PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
whoooooah. xD still wanna see though. OH! or maybe a coyote mask? i noticed you hadnt made one yet.
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MyntKat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful!
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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coreythorn Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful!
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much. :-)
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koart Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010   Traditional Artist
Wow I love this one!! Very cool!!
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Funny...I thought with the metallic paint it'd look fanciful, but it really looks very much like a real black jaguar.
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Treyos Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! I could go totally ninja wearing a mask like that! :D Jaguar-style kung-fu, of course.
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL...your kung fu must be very strong, Grasshopper. ;-)
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Treyos Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Grasshopper? Nah, grasshopper style is completely different! It involves a lot of jumping around. Jaguar style is mostly just grabbing the target and kicking the hell out of it with your feet. ... wait, maybe that's just cat-style. ;P
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Smileodon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
<3 love it
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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