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Tribal Dragon Skull Mask no. 1 by merimask Tribal Dragon Skull Mask no. 1 by merimask
Last masks of 2010 are the long-planned and much-anticipated Tribal Dragon Skulls. I must thank :icondonsimpson: ...his beautiful, haunting carved skulls were a great inspiration.

Like all my masks, this is hand carved and hand shaped without molds or forms, from one piece of 8oz leather. It's been painted with colorfast Liquitex acrylics in black, brown and white & sealed with an acrylic clearcoat for durability. The tribal designs are tooled in shallow relief and then painted stark black.

This is " Tribal Dragon Skull #2". Available until it's gone (and after that, by request only), exclusively at my online shop: [link]
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:icondrmoos:
Drmoos Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Awww I want to find one of these for sale XD
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99Mahou Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My favorite one! I love the tribal design. Fantastic. =)
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Walkure-Amok Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
cool
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MyntKat Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, I love the look and feel of the tribal design of the dragon skull, gorgeous!
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Amane96 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just awesome too! I love the detail and in the color! It looks just like a skull!
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DancingDragon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The bone-texture you've created is amazing!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It's based loosely on an antelope skull. I had to fudge the nasal bones a bit...
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Both masks are amazing, but each is very special in its own way. The contrast of the designs in black really make them pop, but the carved look in the other mask looks so real!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Yes, the black designs look great from any distance. The subtlety of the carved ones get lost when viewed from far away. I think the black designs make a stronger statement but the carved ones are more artistic. That's why I had to try it both ways.
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DiddyKongMonkey Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
This looks awesome, nice job. I like the shape of the skull and the tribal designs on the nose and forehead. Horns look pretty good too.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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tiniest Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Oooooooooh.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:-)
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Very realistic! Great work, there!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you...I had fun making these. :-)
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PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
O_O DUDE. I want one of these SO BAD! DX>
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL! Thanks! :-)
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iamfuturetrunks Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Interesting I like it.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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:iconwandering-dreamer:
wandering-dreamer Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Ohhhh, love the shape on this one!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I am still completely enamoured with how you manage to make the bone look so realistic. It's really gorgeous. And I never would have thought about a skull carving mask, instead of just a skull mask. Gorgeous as always. (This applies to both of your tribal dragon skulls. :D)
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Yes, the painting technique isn't that hard really...just some layers of drybrushing and a little antiquing stain. Very quick and effective.
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh, dry-brushing. Texture's best friend. :)
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tallydragon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010   Artisan Crafter
I'm still so impressed by the way you achieve the textured look of bone, and the tribal markings are an awesome touch.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) This was my first attempt at "tribal"...now that I have the hang of it, I want to try a tribal wolf.
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ihni Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Same comment goes here as for the other one. I'm so very impressed. And inspired. I think I love you.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL! Thank you. :-)
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, this is really different, great idea!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Yes, a departure for me. I do like doing these skull masks though...they feel primal.
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theassassinnox Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Have I mentioned recently that your work is really bad ass? Because it is. That is spectacularly cool! I love the bone texture, and your markings are so smooth and crisp. Wow!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :-) I had fun making these...been on my mind for a while now, & I'm just glad they turned out the way they looked in my head.
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Treyos Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Really nailed the bone look! Love it!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :-)
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ScratchKitty Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. The colors look great!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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