Anyway...the meerkat! They have these funny little faces; wide flat heads but sharp pointy muzzles. Yet, in almost every picture I've seen they stare haughtily down their noses, so their longish snouts are hard to discern. I had to find some pictures from the side to get a good idea of the dimensions of a meerkat head. Hard to do, 'cause they're such busy, alert little things that they are ALWAYS staring at the camera, it seems.
So really, the correct way to wear this mask is to stand up on your toes, lift your chin and stare haughtily down your nose at everyone. Funny little critters.
As ever, this is hand carved and hand shaped from one piece of 8oz leather, and painted with Liquitex acrylics.
This was a commission, but of course since it's a brand new design I had to make two, so "Meerkat #2" is in my Etsy shop today. [link]
Some seriously awesome fur work on that mask!
I have to know what's the weirdest animal you thought you'd never create? Because this would've been pretty weird for me!
I love the bold markings and the fur detail. Is it just me or are you slowly but surely creating a mask for every single animal?
Their crome heads make the perfect little translation for a human face... little bald cute people. XD
But do they purr?
You really captured the shape of their little faces in this mask. I'm not sure about the colours, though - I'm sure you've done your research properly and all that, but AFAIK (and judging from all photographs/video I've seen), the meerkats tend to be a bit more yellow-grey - this one tends more towards a reddish-brown tone. Of course, this could be due to the lighting in the photo, or perhaps I've been looking at the wrong variation of meerkat (there has to be regional variation in colouring, right?).
Translation: Aha, I didn't know it was "surikat"s! I thought it was a different animal.
I'm not sure, I found a lot of pictures where they looked sandy, brownish-gray...pretty much dirt colored. Their backs are darker/more colorful but their faces & bellies are mostly pale and sooty. I agree I think it might be a bit too brown...not enough gray tones in the dark coloring around the ears and eyes.