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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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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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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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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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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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