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Mardi Gras Dragon Mask by merimask Mardi Gras Dragon Mask by merimask
I just finished this custom-colored dragon last night. It reminds me of Mardi Gras with all the purple and green and gold...

This is one of the few designs I make that involve more than one piece of leather. The brow and nose tufts are separate pieces, glued in place with a super strong epoxy.

As ever, this is hand carved, hand shaped 8oz leather, painted with Liquitex acrylics. Custom orders like this can be requested only at my online Etsy shop: [link]
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:iconkubippi:
Kubippi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Great work! Such detail
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Maskedmurderer25 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
As I have said on other comments of your work the colors are very stunning!<3~
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Vermilion-Falcon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Awesome!!!
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:iconangelavengerl:
angelavengerl Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
Love the colors on this one
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The color combo is really fun!
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:iconlonewylfe:
lonewylfe Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Love the colors of this! Very festive. That green reminds me of what copper looks like when it turns.
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EyesLikeAbsinthe Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning :wow:
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ArtbyMaryC Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow looks great! I like the different colors together, why are green and purple so lovely together? Hmm, y'know these are now starting to remind me of another artist's fanfic character Kirin.... [link]
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:iconmidnightmares:
Midnightmares Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
The extra pieces glued on really give it a different look! I'm very pleased with the result and I thank you again!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome! I'm so glad you like it. :-) It was a fun commission.
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:iconmidnightmares:
Midnightmares Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
Good :)
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:iconkurotorasempai:
Kurotorasempai Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
All the crazy tuffts of fur(?) and the horns are impressive.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) This one takes forever to shape.
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:iconkurotorasempai:
Kurotorasempai Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I can tell! Oo
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:iconmyntkat:
MyntKat Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh wow, this is a different color style! I love purple and green together, it looks fantastic. Is the purple darker in real life? It looks very sparkly. :D
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) The purple is just a bit metallic (I added silver to it) and drybrushed over a really deep indigo blue for depth, so it's both darker and brighter than usual.
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SpottedPegasus Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
One of my favorite color combinations.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I don't usually do dragons with this color scheme, but it really worked for this one. :-)
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:iconlaelapss:
Laelapss Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
this is sensational! love the color scheme and flow of the mask itself. makes me think of Labyrinth with David Bowie....and that's a good thing. :D
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Yes, I do think it has a sort of "carnivale" feel to it.
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:iconpetrova:
petrova Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist
It looks so fresh and joyful. I like it.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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:iconcandymax:
candymax Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011   General Artist
stunning , as always :clap:
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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:iconcandymax:
candymax Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011   General Artist
you're very welcome:aww:
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:iconkittieshade:
KittieShade Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
Oh wow. I love how the yellow stands out so much but it doesn't take away the effect of the emerald green It's very eye popping. I can only imagine how amazing it would look with eyes peering through it. Fantastic.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) It's hard to tell from a picture but that's actually a bright metallic gold...adds sparkle.
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:iconkittieshade:
KittieShade Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
Ah! The camera does not capture the glory of your art!! That's a very nice touch. A golden dragon is pretty sweet!
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:iconlaitaliel:
Laitaliel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the colors!! :)
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much. :-)
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:iconpuppyakamaru:
PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOAH! GREAT color scheme!!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconagorphia:
Agorphia Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh, fun!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Whee! ;-)
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Falkenkralle Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the colors are extreme o.O But at a colorful festival it's probably just right :). As always, I'm amazed how you can do this kind of mask, with all these details, and get it perfect every time ^^
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Plenty of practice!
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draconis-regena Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
I love the colors on this one! It's so vibrant. I just want to see someone wearing it bedecked with the same color beads and everything!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Definitely! "Throw me some beads, mister!" ;-)
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:iconb3designsllc:
b3designsllc Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Whomever wears this at a Mardi Gras festival will sure be the envy of the party
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. I hope so. ;-)
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Interesting colours. :D I bet it looks awesome in the middle of Mardi Gras.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think so too. :-)
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:iconstrikeredkite:
StrikeRedkite Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very festive! This would really look fantastic in any kind of parade
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
True!
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's... so... colourful! :D With the extra pieces of leather, how much longer did it take?
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is my most elaboraste design. Probably at least 15 hours of work, though a good bit of that is drying time.
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely wouldn't have that kind of patience. :P
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Jangojips Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011   General Artist
stunning!!! Green and purple is one of my favorite combinations!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :-)
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dragona742 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FANTASTIC AWESOME FABULOUS SHINING etc! Really, I cannot say in words how amazing this one is :) If dragons were real, there would be ones like this for sure :)

The ears are really cute, and I love that detail of the darker colored part under the "moustache" :)

Just a great job again from a great artist :)

(and a bit overreacted and hyper reaction :blush:)
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