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Japanese Goldfish Mask by merimask Japanese Goldfish Mask by merimask
This mask was inspired by a mural in Narita Airport! If you've ever flown to Tokyo, you've probably seen it...

Based on Asian motifs, I made this my own creation by using a unique technique of leather sculpting that I have pioneered (because I'm self taught and I didn't know what the heck I was doing!).

The mask is carved out of 8oz leather, three times the thickness of most Venetian-style leather masks. This allows me to carve the leather deeply, but requires me to shape the entire sculpture by hand with no use of molds or armatures.

I painted it with a variety of acrylic stains that are both waterproof and colorfast. I like to mix my own colors. I also do not use an airbrush...that's all done by hand.

Many of these pieces are available for sale on my Etsy site; [link]
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badpooka Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
Wow... stunning. I dabble in leather and am self-taught, too. I hope to be this good, one day.
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wishinglolita Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's simply breathtaking! It;s beautiful
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gamehengraphics Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I love the flair of the tail at the temple and how the bubbles trail across the forehead. Great color on the fish itself, too.
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merimask Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much. :-)
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TMT89 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
you can just bend the mask into the shape u want? i never done any of this kind but after seeing your work im just realllly curious lol. If you carve the leather then what do you fill in the cut area?
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Check out my journal entries on the front page of my DA site...there you'll find one called "How to make a mask" that should answer all your questions. :-)
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Swing-Therapie Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
this is stunning
i will have to check out your etsy for a masquarade I have comming up =) all of your work is beautiful
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Cal-Erstein Featured By Owner May 22, 2009   Traditional Artist
This one's probably my favorite in terms of design and colors. I LOVE the colors.
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DopeHat6 Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
Oh my... this is soooo beautiful. Amazing really! :love:
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BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
I truly love the blue-black color on this, and the goldfish is just perfect.
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