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Tribal Dragon Skull Mask no. 2 by merimask Tribal Dragon Skull Mask no. 2 by merimask
Last mask of 2010...a Tribal Dragon Skull. Again, many thanks to :icondonsimpson: for inspiring me with his haunting skull carvings.

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 textured relief, as though carved into the "bone".

Signed, dated, numbered original; this is " Tribal Dragon Skull #2". Available exclusively at my online shop: [link]
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:iconralanscott:
ralanscott Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work is awesome

I have never seen such high quality work
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:iconempress-hikari-chika:
That is so wicked :) I feel like a creep just going through all of your pictures, but I love your masks! They are so creative and amazing!!!
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Cronus-power Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Frickin love it
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whiteANDorange Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
this should be featured in films... your work deserves brightest limelight
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SculptorOfDreams Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Writer
Just saw this and was wow'd. Very excellent use of tribal designs. :)
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StrikeRedkite Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love the concept you've used here, and I think I'm much more of a fan of the subtle colours- makes it look as though the dragon was born with those markings inlaid into it's skull.
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MyntKat Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ha, I like this version even better. The tribal design looks more organic and natural, almost like it was on the dragon when he was still alive, a natural pattern. This also makes the mask look older, more weather worn, which is very appropriate for a skull. :D
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Luusan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
I absolutely looove your dragons.. and your dragon skulls.. and this, this is perfect... I am in awe of your mad skills. :D

I wish working leather wasn't so hard on my hands... or maybe i'm just doing it wrong. :)
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Shade-Duelist Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful! I enjoy your masks, they're always so inventive... maybe some day I'll commission one!
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Aave Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Both of them are fantastic, but between the two I think I prefer this one; the way you did the markings on this has a really nice subtlety. Really cool!

Great way to end the year, yeah?
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Something about tribal designs and bleached dragon bone just go so well together! I get the sense that some sort of deep magic has etched these runes into ancient bone..and that the dragon is anything but dead! Man I'd love to see someone actually wearing one of these masks! It must be so striking, especially if you black out around your eyes!
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Amane96 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well this is just amazing!
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ArtbyMaryC Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the design work carved in best too :)
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Alicemonstrinho Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
very nice!
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dragona742 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice piece of work you made here! I think I like this one even better then the one with black markings, because here it is a little more subtile. As always, the colourings are great, and the bone structure looks pretty real. The espression on the "face" is nice too.
Keep up the good work :clap:

Best wishes for 2010 :)
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kkoorime Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011   General Artist
I agree with :iconurnesashtree:, this one is nicer because the faded look of the carvings looks more realistic, not to mention elegant. The thumbnail really looks like one of those expensive, genuine skulls that I admire. :heart:

In my opinion, this deviation here is one of the best from your gallery because it's a fresh look that's different and yet still obviously a part of your style. Things like this inspire me to explore art and not just stick to digital illustrations. :D Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year to you and your dog/s! :bounce:
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Falkenkralle Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like that this one looks like it lay in the desert for quite some time. ^^ You did a good job with the bone color and structure. :-)
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Yes, it looks like some old artifact that was buried somewhere. Creepy! :-)
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Great weathered look to this one. In the smaller version, this has a very natural look and is good at fooling the eye. Awesome!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Jwraither Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
stunning work with a nice sense of menace!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I agree...it's kind of scary.
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TearInTheOcean Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is sick (in a good way!)
I actually made a tribal dragon skull mask for my 3D class last year, but I did like brightly coloured aboriginal designs. And it was made from wire and plaster, not leather haha. But yours is awesome, it's so legit!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Tribal designs are fun. This is my first real "tribal" piece but it was a hoot to try...must do a wolf too, soon.
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Nightbow Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
When I get a job and therefore money, one of your dragon skull masks is at the top of my to-buy lists. This one is especially exquisite.
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Nightbow Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
When I get a job and therefore money, one of your dragon skull masks is at the top of my to-buy lists. This one is especially exquisite.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Glad you like it!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice! Great job on making it look like bone :D And the weathering you've done is perfect too! =DonSimpson has some very inspirational carvings :D
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Yes, I agree, Don's stuff is awesome.
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UrnesAshTree Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
This mask seems more striking than the first one because the carvings are more subtle and reminiscent of carvings rather than seeming painted on. Also, I love =DonSimpson's work, and the overall effect of the 'carvings' on this mask seems more directly inspired by his work and maybe closer to what you were going for. Both masks are extremely beautiful, thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Oh and happy New Year!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Don's art was very inspiring...they look like valuable, ancient artifacts & I think that's why I love his work.

Happy New Year to you too!
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Whoa... I really like this one. They're both beautiful, as always, but I prefer this one - the faded colouring of the markings makes this one look somehow more menacing and more hauntingly beautiful. Great work! :D
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I agree...the tooling adds texture & realism. The best fantasy art has a touch of reality to it, imo. :-) Thanks!
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ihni Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Omigodomigodomigod! What a way to end 2010 for you! This is wonderful, beautiful and scary all at once. I wish I had one right now. It really looks quite awesome. You've outdone yourself on this one, and that's saying a lot.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I'm happy with this one too!
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Knightrider5050 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Very cool!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much!
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Knightrider5050 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
your welcome and happy new year ^^
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Mishikaiya Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is brilliant.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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