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Snow Leopard Leather Mask by merimask Snow Leopard Leather Mask by merimask
I've been working on this design for quite some time; a snow leopard mask.

Snow leopards have been my favorite big cat since I was a little kid. While I was researching this mask, I learned lots of interesting stuff about snow leopards. Like, for example, they used to be classified as a form of leopard (panthera) but DNA tests show that they are more closely related to tigers! So, they exist in their own little sub-classification (uncia).

But yeah, that makes sense to me because they have the large eyes and wedge-shaped flattened head that looks far more like a tiger than the squared-off elongated head of a leopard. Artists notice this stuff.

It helped me come up with my pattern; I just modified my Tiger mask pattern (smaller muzzle, sleeker jawline) and it seemed to work perfectly.

As ever, this mask is made from one piece of hand carved 8 ounce tooling leather. All those little hairs are cut by hand. The mask is shaped with water, heat-set, and painted with Liquitex Acrylic paints.

This is a limited edition, numbered original available for a short time at my Etsy shop: [link]
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RemixCake Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*о*
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Jessadraw Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
OMFG I LUV THIS

to u take requests??????
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Luusan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
lovely! one of my favorites of yours, i think.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you really captured this unique and beautiful cat!
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dragona742 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really nice job!!! :clap:
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Mishikaiya Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Snow leopards are my favorite big cat too. And you did such a lovely job with this mask.
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
More kitteh masks....This one's adorable!
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks great, and kind of cute!
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coreythorn Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this, great work. :)
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MyntKat Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous! It looks like it has a bit of a metallic sheen to it. I love the round shape of the eyes on this one and the nose is really cute. :D
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