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Leaf-maned Lion by merimask Leaf-maned Lion by merimask
This is another of my watercolor paintings. It took me less than an hour to complete.

I was on vacation in Miami a few years ago and SO BORED. I thought it would be good to take a vacation from my leather mask career for a while, but after two weeks I was crawling the walls, looking for something to do with my hands. It's not in my nature to not make things for even a short period of time.

So I bought a really basic set of watercolors from a shop, a cheap pad of watercolor paper, and sat myself under an umbrella on Miami beach and did this painting. I've always loved it...it came very naturally to me in a rush of inspiration (it was a sort of seaweed-maned sandy lion, because I was on a beach after all).

I think I used no more than three colors in this painting...a yellow ochre, a burnt sienna, and Van Dyke Brown. Possibly a little black mixed in the darkest brown for definition. That's what I love about watercolors; it's the water and the white paper that brings light and definition to your painting.
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:iconmbtherealest:
MBtherealest Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you should make this into a mask
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Draug88 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool
Drew something myself on the same theme way back too :D
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ancient Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing .3.!
I agree with Puppy Akamaru, this would make a great mask X3
And ish pretty, makes me want to try my hand in watercolors again.
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Mego-Sama-Lady-Sir Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
D: I feel so bad I didn't notice that you posted your paintings ;-;

this is absolutely amassing!! I can't look away D8 you did such a good job on this you should try and incorporate this design into one of your masks
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! ^_^ It is kind of masklike isn't it?
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:iconletdragon:
Letdragon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
A creative idea indeed :D
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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:iconletdragon:
Letdragon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
Quite welcome :)
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Erichan8DD Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very original!;D

^-^d
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :-)
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Erichan8DD Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome he is very cool 83
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animegirlfroggy Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
If there was a creature of fall, he would be in. I am just imagining this beautifully leafy lion, chasing away summer and bringing in fall. :)
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's a pretty neat idea. :-)
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Gado Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
maybe this would be a new design for a mask? keep the good work :D
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Perhaps! Thank you. :-)
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
I really like this one!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :-) The original hangs on my wall, lookin' good in a walnut & gilded frame.
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
Awesome....
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coreythorn Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this. It's absolutely beautiful!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :-) Glad you like it.
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trulyquixotical Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Brilliant design idea~!

And it came out quite lovely. :3
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! My Dad (also was an artist) always said I had very strong designs...not so much with compositions though.
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PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:O you. should. SO make a mask of this.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
That seems to be the consensus here on DA. ;-)
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PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
lol
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:iconlai-tut:
Lai-Tut Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
SOOO amazing! I love this piece, it is so beautiful and eye catching! I would love to have a tattoo like this, it is very unique :D If I had the cash, I would totally buy this as a print.

~Lai
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm probably going to get this one on a mug and send it to my brother as a gift...he always liked it. :-)
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Love the Green Man resemblance ^^
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've done several green man designs...this was a sort of "green lion" I guess. :-) "Leafy sea-lion" really.
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rikku300 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oooo very nice ^_^
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much. :-)
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:iconrikku300:
rikku300 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome :D
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Jungle-Fire Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very pretty. Lovely lion^^
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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:iconjungle-fire:
Jungle-Fire Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome ^^
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Treyos Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Looks like it could be a pattern for a really wild mask itself!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
True! A "leafy Sea Lion" mask...
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:icontreyos:
Treyos Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Well, if you get bored, now you've got something to do! ;P
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
See now this is the kind of fun stuff I was talking about on your journal! You have such a great sense of design that translates so well from 3D to 2D and vice versa. This would make a great mask but he's awesome as a flat design. A bit like a 'green man' version of a 'sea' lion (without being an actual sea lion, of course XD)

Love all those layered leaves! So much detail and yet very simple and soothing with the color scheme and composition.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) This was the first new watercolor I'd done in years, since I'd taken up maskmaking, so it was very "masklike" in design. I hadn't done a watercolor in 14 years & then I did this...some techniques you never really forget.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Always feels good to return to an art form you haven't done in awhile. It's the same for me with 3D methods. I used to do sculpture and raku in college but just sort of fell out of it. Feels good to get my hands dirty with crafting when painting has overtaken my life for so long!
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tiniest Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
What kind of bribery would it take to get a mask of that?
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
My lion mask is pretty close actually...it'd be a modification of that, with the leafy sea-like fronds for the mane instead.

I dunno...$200? And it'd be numbered #1? If you're really interested, contact me at my Etsy shop (in the sig below).

Meanwhile I put it in the print shop, so for very little money you can hang it on your wall (it makes a great mouse pad/mug too, it seems).
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CozmicDreamer Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
I would be interested too! I really like the leaf idea. maybe oak leaves kinda' like a leonine 'Greenman' I would buy it! :nod:
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cyborgagent017 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
I was about to say, this as a mask would be amazing..and if you made one in autumn colors...WOW!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I might just... ;-)
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:iconaonalion:
Aonalion Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Student General Artist
I didn't know you could draw! Why didn't you tell us you could draaaaaaw?! :crying:

Too much?
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL...I was just telling someone; I started drawing when I was a baby, before walking or talking. It's in my blood. :-)
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Aonalion Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Student General Artist
haha, okay ;)

it's just that you don't have any drawings in your gallery :)
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