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Purple dragon leather mask by merimask Purple dragon leather mask by merimask
Just another little dragon-on-a-half-mask, but you know I love doing these guys. Purple isn't a color I use very often though. Between you and me, I can't stand the smell of the purple dye I use for a base coat...it stinks like sweet grain alcohol. Once it dries, the smell is gone, but I just don't like it while it's drying! Yuck.

As ever, this mask is hand carved from 8oz tooling leather, wet-formed without a mold, heat-set, and painted with a variety of dyes and Liquitex acrylics. Signed, dated, one-of-a-kind. Available from my Etsy shop only: [link]
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BootyWolf Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is probably the best thing I have ever seen on the whole of dA.
3 of my favourite things combined into one! :love:
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LALAxD1230 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome i love this mask
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PhantaziePhreeq Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhh... I love the purple dragon!
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RoadrunnerCat11 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Wow... that is really cool. I would totally wear that, (same with the blue and green ones). : )
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RoadrunnerCat11 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Wow... That is really cool. I would totally wear that, (same with the blue and green ones). : )
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EmoHippieMushroom Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
beautiful
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X-bloodyprincess-X Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw ! O_O now this is so coool !
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad! :D Half the reason I chose mask-making as my project topic was because of the masks you make. They're very inspiring. :)
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quirkypaynesgrey Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
So beautiful!
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I did mix a bit of blue with the purple because I wanted it to be more "indigo" and less "magenta". I thought the indigo would look better with the silver, 'cause it's a bit cooler. :-)
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Purple does seem like a very strong "fantasy" color to me, too.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I don't know why it smells so strong. The same company (Fiebing's) makes lots of other alcohol-based dyes and none of those are so powerful. Maybe because purple is an unstable color? It tends to fade, which is why I use acrylics over it to "fix" it.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
True...it's more like an indigo 'cause I mixed a little Prussian blue in there to cancel the red in the purple paint.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's cool...I'm flattered!
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MyntKat Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So cute, though it looks more blue than purple to me. I like the silvery accents on the dragon. :D
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Amane96 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Np.Well, it would take me forever! lol
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CartoonSuperHero Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Gorgeous! The purple gives it a different feel them your other dragon masks...
Maybe it makes it look more "dreamy."
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder why the purple dye has such an odd smell...
Very pretty though, I love the stars. I love the wing sticking out!
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, haha. :P

Oh, before I forget; I used you as an example in a school art project that I had to do. My project was discussing mask making as an art career, so I chose you. Hope you don't mind! :)
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dragona742 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really nice. If you'd ask me, it is rather blue then purple, but in this one it's beautiful, and matches perfect with the rest of the mask. The shape of the wing is really cute :)
I can see that you like to make them, the results on these ones are always so nice!

Keep up the good work :)
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Oh, I do them anyway. I just do more in the summer when I can dye them outside.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yay! :-)
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hmm...we live in a bad wintery area for drafts but it's a neat idea. I need a proper studio with a really good fan.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have a red one in my shop now. :-)
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I always curl them, but it's hard to photograph, really.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Not so long really...I've drawn hundreds of these probably.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I think I've done dragons of every color...purple is just the smelliest. ;-)
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kurai-katara Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It;s beautiful! I love purple, I'm sorry the dye stinks so much ;-; Cause I'd love to see more purple in your masks XD
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silverbeam Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
hurray for dragons!
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wallawallabigguy Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
It's a simple project to make a ventilated box that works in a window. No more smell.
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baladan Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
I would buy that in red
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ihni Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
It's pretty ... The thing I like most about it is the curve on the wing. I haven't noticed that on your other dragon masks.
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Amane96 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
pretty dragon. must've taken forever! very cool design.
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Purple goes so well with this design. It's a shame about the smell; it comes out fantastically.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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mysslinhie Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010   General Artist
That looks awesome * w *
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