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Snake Pattern Half Dragon 1 by merimask Snake Pattern Half Dragon 1 by merimask
Well, I have been playing with snake patterns and here's another experiment: my half (snoutless) dragon design with a black, silver & pewter corn snake pattern.

Many thanks for the nice Deviant who sent me those cool corn snake links (sorry...I remember your icon but I forgets your name! *is old* ).

As ever, this is leather, hand tooled & hand shaped, painted with Liquitex acrylics. The layers I used to do this pattern...it'd just confuse you all if I tried to explain it. :-)

Available in my Etsy shop soon: [link]
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:iconturbulentindigo:
TurbulentIndigo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
I love the patterns in this one :)
Do you freehand the scales or do you use a tool?
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foxangelchan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
You continually amaze me with your skill and creativity. As if the careful scales and texture weren't enough, you give it even more depth and intense realism with the patterning. The extra little details in the molding - the slight twists of the cheek frills and ears - suggest movement and life which is often absent in most of the masks I've seen. I'm thrilled to see the snake-pattern motif carrying over from your exquisite medusas into the draconic masks. Thank you for being kind enough to share your passion and flair with us.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much. :-)

The thicker leather is great for making hard twists and curls. I can get dynamic shapes that I know will reliably remain sturdy enough to wear. It's a great sculpting medium...you just have to be aware of the shaping limitations due to the thickness & work around it by adding carved details to suggest more intricacy.
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:iconfoxangelchan:
foxangelchan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
You're very welcome. I'm always excited to see what new ideas you've come up with. They're just fascinating.

If you don't mind me asking, how did you get started with leather working?
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I just encountered a King Snake on my front steps the this past week! After the mini heart attack was over, I marveled at his really simple and beautiful patterning of black splotches with white rings. That sort of natural patterning works so well when transferred to leather! These snake dragon masks just look stunning and have that rustic natural mood to them.

Plus that's two awesome designs in one! I'd love to see you tackle a Coral Snake :D [link]
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Eeep! Yeah, I think snakes are beautiful but um...not too close. If they're poisonous anyway. When I was a kid I used to catch the little garter snakes for fun 'cause I was crazy like that.
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KirscheTea Featured By Owner May 13, 2010   General Artist
This design has quickly become my favorite of your dragon masks. I LOVE the color pallet, it makes it look very sophisticated (on top of it being beautiful already)!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Black and silver and white together always looks "formal" to me too, so it was my first choice for a metallic snake pattern.
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Falkenkralle Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The first time you did a snake pattern on a dragon mask I didn't know if I liked it or not. But each time I look at this mask I like it more :-)
It is fitting ^^ Great idea :)
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merimask Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. I have to say I think the snake pattern works better on a simple mask like this one. The Great Serpentine design is a bit busy...obscures the natural pattern.
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Falkenkralle Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, that was probably it. Also, the color of the snake pattern fits to the color of the horns here. The contrast between the shades of brown and the black was a little much in the Great Serpentine design. Anyway, I love seeing how you develop new designs or change old ones. It never gets boring watching you! :)
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Goagleon Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The detail of the scales is incredible. Must have been really time consuming. I love the muted colours, it works really well for this mask.

Keep it up!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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jan3ll3 Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
i like how he's cut to the bridge of the nose and i like his egyptian-like eye makeup and his cute ear curls (:
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Mego-Sama-Lady-Sir Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I love this mask X3 the swooping black swirls around the eyes complement the snake pattern wonderfully
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merimask Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks...I am real happy with it too. :-)
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CartoonSuperHero Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
This is sooo pretty! I especially like the eyes and ears. :)

I love you half dragons, an I'm looking forward to what you'll come up with next!
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merimask Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is nice. :) The realistic snake-patterns are a refreshing break from the usual dragon fare (not yours - yours always manages to be interesting; I'm talking about dragon art in general :P), and this particular combination of silver, grey and black works really well.

... These masks have the cutest ears. :D
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merimask Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I've always thought the best fantasy art has a touch of reality in it...makes something fantastical seem...more "possible", IMO. So I'm surprised I didn't try this snake idea earlier!
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petrova Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist
I think you should do more snake patterns, they look really good. :clap:
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I'm having fun with them.
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Agorphia Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know why I didn't realize to ask you this a long time ago, but how do you get the lines in the horns? Do you use a tool to make the lines perfectly straight before shaping the horns?
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merimask Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nope, I just...carve these lines. :-) Since they're twisted, it's not so important to get them straight. More important to have them equi-distant from each other, which I just sort of do by eye.
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Agorphia Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that sounds like a lot of work. Well, you do a great job on them.
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Mishikaiya Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks phenomenal, as usual. :)
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you, glad you like it. :-)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's gorgeous. By the way, the snake pattern that fascinates me most is that of an African puff adder. Just throw that into Google images and you'll see some stunning scale coloration... I still have to make a bead pattern from it one of these days...
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merimask Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ooo...that's a beautiful brown-patterned snake. O_O I just printed out a nice pic of the head. For reference. ;-)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I am glad you like them! Not too nice in life as they are very poisonous, but their skins, oh my!
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dragona742 Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is so amazing! And keep playing with those snake patterns, things you do with them all turn out great! :clap:
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I get all my best designs from nature, I think.
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indimew Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Meeeeeeeeeeee!!! You did an awesome job with the snake pattern. I knew you would do something so awesome!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, there you are! :-) Thank you! I'm working on another one, with gold, black & copper markings, too. Should be cool.
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Random-Star Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. I'm loving the snake designs (they're my second favourite animal behind owls :D).
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I love snake patterns...they're all so pretty.
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Random-Star Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
They really are. :)
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The-Bails Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
wonderful design! i love the ears!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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MadameRuby Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Writer
I really like the snoutless design for the dragon masks. The pattern around the eyes, especially, seems almost Egyptian, in a way.

Hmm... I wonder how an Egyptian Cobra pattern would look on one of these? It might be pretty tough, they've got tricky patterns to pull off.
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merimask Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I looked it up...that IS a pretty snake! I bet I could do one, though the cool part is the hood & that wouldn't be part of a mask.
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MadameRuby Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Writer
Maybe the inside patterning of the hood, just underneath the head? Just a suggestion. I bet it'd look nice, either way.
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ketlin Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
I can practically hear it hiss ;)
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL...thank you. :-)
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